Los Altos makes finals

first_img“Our girls really earned it. They played Los Altos softball tonight. They played the way they’re capable of playing,” Farnworth said of her team’s effort in a game that was called after five innings because of a time limit. “We pitched well, played well defensively (errorless) and made things happen. I’m very proud of them.” Reaching the title game was also noteworthy for the coach. “It’s the first time in my five years here that we’ve made it to a championship game,” Farnworth said. “That’s exciting.” Sophomore Diana-Lynn Patterson (4-0) pitched all five innings, giving up just three infield singles and two walks. She struck out five. The right-hander helped her own cause in the first inning by knocking in what turned out to be the only run the Conquerors would need en route to the team’s third shutout in four contests. SAN DIMAS – Over the course of a successful season, there are wins that a coach finds especially satisfying. Although it’s early in the 2007 campaign, Friday night’s 4-0 victory over Arcadia in the semifinals of the San Dimas Tournament would rank as one of those victories for Los Altos High School softball coach Sarah Farnworth. More importantly, the win puts the Conquerors (4-0) in today’s 6 p.m. tournament title game against Alta Loma, which edged San Dimas 4-3 in the other semifinal. But it was the manner in which the Conquerors won that had Farnworth all smiles when it was over. center_img Third baseman Latisha Dedeaux started things off with a two-out single to left. Patterson then ripped a triple to right-center off Apaches ace Jenna Rodriguez to score Dedeaux. In the third inning, Dedeaux singled home Amber Lopez to cap a three-run inning, which was aided by three Arcadia errors. In the top half of the inning, Patterson pitched out of her only jam. Arcadia (2-1) had Morgan Barchan on third and Shelby Gibbs on second with one out and the score still 1-0. However, Patterson got a strikeout and then a groundout to end the threat. Rodriguez pitched all five innings for Arcadia, yielding two earned runs, four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. “We knew coming in that Arcadia was a good team,” Farnworth said. “To beat a team like them makes this win even more special.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2139. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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