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SOFTBALL: Burbank Lady Legends easily handle Foothill.

June 25, 2010|Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the Leader

GLENDALE — One team achieved its goal by advancing to the championship game.

The other took its first step toward what it hopes is a repeat performance this summer.

The Foothill team was simply pleased with playing in Monday's title game of the Major Softball Tri-Cities Tournament at Scholl Canyon Field.

It also knew it would be difficult to defeat the Lady Legends, a team that consisted of 11 players who helped the Burbank All-Star team advance to the Western Regional Tournament in 2009.


The Lady Legends — who defeated Foothill seven times this season prior to Monday — benefited from eight errors to come away with an 8-1 title-clinching victory.

"We've been nervous against this team all year, but we weren't nervous today," Foothill Coach Tyson Howard said. "They were the team to beat all year.

"We just wanted to get to this game and we did that. We knew we would have trouble beating Burbank."

The Lady Legends outscored Foothill, 105-24, this season and had just two losses, both of which came by forfeit because its players had other commitments. It easily defeated the rest of its competition, finishing the season 19-2.

Lady Legends Coach Bruce Del Castillo said his team was "lucky," on Monday.

"We definitely didn't play our game today," said Del Castillo, whose all-star team fell one run short of playing in the title game of last year's Western Regionals, falling short of a chance to advance to the Little League World Series. "It was to our benefit that they made those errors. We got lucky."

The Lady Legends took advantage of three errors and used a triple to score three first-inning runs. They added three more runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth, only two of which were earned.

"We weren't ready when the play came," Howard said. "We weren't moving our feet."

Bridgette Pisa scored twice for the Lady Legends, and Delaney Nicol, Davina Del Castillo, Michelle Santiago, Jordan Meltzer, Kayla Delgado and Briana King each scored once.

Lady Legends pitchers Jade Teetsel and Del Castillo combined to allow three hits and struck out 10 on 100 pitches. Teetsel tossed the first four innings before giving way to Del Castillo. They didn't allow a hit after the third inning.

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