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CCS softball: Watsonville beats Los Gatos in Open Division game

LOS GATOS – The Watsonville High School softball team used a big fifth inning to pull away from Los Gatos and win its Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinal game 5-1 on Saturday.
“That’s a very good team, and I thought we played well. Going into the bottom of the fifth, it was 2-1,” Los Gatos coach Randy Frey said. “It comes down to who is going to get that big hit with runner’s in scoring position.”
Watsonville, the No. 3 seed, was the home team in Saturday’s game even though it was played at Los Gatos. The Wildcatz (23-3) advances to a semifinal matchup against No. 2 St. Francis (21-6).
Los Gatos (19-8-1), the No. 6 seed, scored in the top of the fourth inning. Alexa Wong led off with a double to deep center field. She moved to third on a groundout by Mira Sharma, and scored on another groundout by Rachel Ice-Crespo to cut Watsonville’s lead to 2-1.
But Watsonville, the defending CCS Division I champion, showed its mettle in the bottom of the fifth inning as four straight batters reached base. With one out, Savanah Quintana doubled to left-center field and Jessica Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. Juliana Wilson then ripped an RBI double for a 3-1 Watsonville advantage.
Two pitches later, Anastacia Alba hit a two-run single to left field for the final runs of the game.
Watsonville opened the scoring in the second inning on an RBI double by Emily Ornelas and a fielder’s choice for a 2-0 lead. Watsonville pitcher Rodriguez allowed only four more hits the rest of the game and finished with a six-hitter, nine strikeouts and one walk.
Los Gatos’ Jordan Pache was 2 for 3 with a double. Quintana and Rodriguez each had two hits for Watsonville.

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