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Local players on losing end

June 14, 2006|By Charles Rich

VAN NUYS ? At least Kimmie White can say she played a role in half of the offense produced by the East All-Star Team.

The Burroughs High standout senior managed one hit. Unfortunately, the rest of her team couldn't put together an offense to surpass their counterpart.

White had a third-inning single in the East's 7-0 loss to the West on Tuesday in the inaugural San Fernando Valley Classic at Birmingham High.


The contest featured senior athletes from the San Fernando, Conejo Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys. White competed with teammate Sara Budrick and Burbank resident Jackie Ruiz of Village Christian. Providence catcher Danielle Austin was invited to play in the game, but did not compete.

White, a first-team All-Foothill League catcher for the second consecutive season, batted lead-off. She struck out to open the game, but regrouped in her next at-bat by lining a single to left with two outs in the third against El Camino Real pitcher Megan Miller.

"I just wanted to move up on the plate and drive the ball to the opposite field," said White, who went one for three and played five innings in left field. "So, I'm happy that I got the hit.

"It's cool to play in a game and experience playing against so many great players."

White, who hasn't decided where she will go to college, was a team leader for the Indians this past season. She led the squad with a .409 batting average (27 for 66), scored 15 runs and drove in eight.

The East didn't record another hit until Saugus' Sarah Hooper singled with one out in the seventh. By that time, the West had a big lead to protect.

Ruiz, who helped Village Christian win a CIF Southern Section Division V championship in 2003, went hitless in one at-bat. The College of the Canyons-bound Ruiz played third base in the seventh and eighth innings, but didn't get any fielding opportunities.

Ruiz, who batted .313 (25 for 80) with three home runs, 17 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases, said she was honored to compete in the game.

"I worked hard by putting a lot of time and effort into the game," said Ruiz, who was an All-Olympic first-team selection. "It's frustrating that we lost, but you win some and you lose some.

"I got to play with the best and have fun. Winning the CIF will be the highlight of my career."

Budrick, a pitcher who was a four-year varsity standout for the Indians, didn't bat in the nine-inning contest. She played first base in the seventh and eighth and finished with four putouts.

Budrick went 5-8 with a 2.37 earned-run average this season. The right-hander struck out 86 in 88 1/3 innings.

Austin helped the Pioneers win their second consecutive Liberty League championship. She was tabbed the league's co-player of the year for the second straight season.

She helped Providence advance to the Division VII quarterfinals for the third consecutive season.

Austin batted .535 (38 for 71) and finished with a .732 slugging and a .732 on-base percentage. She scored 27 runs and drove in 24.

The West scored four runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run home run by Camarillo's Katelyn Miller. Miller was selected the game's most valuable player.

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