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South Bay League softball: Spartans remain in championship hunt

Fri, Apr 19 2013 11:40 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents

Sports at Chula Vista High School are experiencing an upturn in 2012-13. So far this school term, the Spartans have won league titles in girls cross country, boys soccer and girls basketball.

Softball could be next.

The Spartans improved to 5-1 in South Bay League play, 10-3 overall, following last Friday’s 12-2 victory against visiting Southwest.

Chula Vista remained tied with the Montgomery Aztecs, with whom they split a two-game series in late March, for second place in the league standings behind the Mar Vista Mariners.

The Mariners improved to 5-0 in league following Wednesday’s 6-5 win against visiting Southwest.
Mar Vista meets up with both Chula Vista and Montgomery later this season, and CVHS coach Jackson Wyatt is confident his team will be in the championship race until the end.

“If we win out (the rest of our games) and are still tied, we would have a playoff game to determine the team that would get the automatic CIF playoff berth,” Wyatt said following last Friday’s run-rule victory against the Raiders.

Would that game be against Montgomery? Mar Vista? Or will there be only one team that finishes with overall bragging rights to this year’s South Bay League title?

It looks to be an exciting finish for all teams concerned.

Bernie Garcia picked up the win in last Friday’s game as her team weathered 10 Southwest hits.

Scoring runs wasn’t a problem for the Spartans, who opened up a 6-1 lead through the opening two innings and ended the contest by pouring across five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Two days earlier, Chula Vista topped the host Raiders 13-3.

Chelsea Cantwell opened the season by smacking the cover off the ball with 11 hits in her first 15 plate appearances for a .917 hitting average. Meanwhile, Isabel Julio was hitting at a .571 clip in her first 15 trips to the plate with two home runs.

Also off to hot starts were freshman Katelyn Tottress and sophomore Alyssa Garcia with respective .545 and .500 hitting averages. Seniors Lorena Cordero and Garcia both opened the season hitting .417.

“Our goal is to win league,” Wyatt said. “We haven’t been to the playoffs since 1993 — we haven’t had a winning season since then.”

With seven regular season games remaining on their schedule, the Spartans have already guaranteed themselves of a winning season. What could be next — a playoff berth?

Mesa League openers
Bonita Vista topped Eastlake, 11-2, and Otay Ranch bombed Olympian, 15-2, in Wednesday’s league openers.
Kalalaelisa Toomalatau hit a grand slam for Otay Ranch. Hannah Flippen had a solo homer for Bonita Vista.


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