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February 8, 2023

HS Softball Roundup, 4/20: Watsonville softball drops second MBL-G game

The Monterey Bay League Gabilan division is turning out to be the dogfight that everyone expected.

Watsonville High suffered its second loss of league play on Wednesday night, falling 5-2 to Monterey High on the road at Jacks Park in Monterey.

Watsonville now stands at 14-2 overall and 4-2 in MBL-G action. San Benito High, which beat the Wildcatz last week, leads the division at 5-1.

Wednesday’s loss came a day after they beat Salinas High, 5-2, behind Juliana Wilson’s two-run home run. Angelina Heredia had three RBIs and two runs in the win.

Watsonville will play in its weekend tournament on Saturday before returning to league play on Tuesday at Notre Dame-Salinas at 4:30 p.m.

The Wildcatz play Scotts Valley High, Los Altos High and Aragon High on Saturday starting on 9 a.m.

SHARK ATTACK
Ariana Azevedo hammered a home run and Shelby Velasco tossed a three-hitter over five innings in St. Francis High’s Tuesday evening 17-1 win over Harbor High.

The win improves St. Francis to 7-8 overall and 3-3 in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play.

Lena Ciandro, Velasco and Anna Noto all doubled, while Grace Kovacs had three hits. Noto scored three runs.

Velasco struck out 11 batters.

St. Francis hosts Soquel High today at 4 p.m.

MARINERS KEEP ROLLING
Shea Garcia hit her third homer of the season to lead Aptos High to a 14-2 SCCAL win against Scotts Valley High on Wednesday.

Garcia also had a double, six RBIs and three scored runs for the Mariners, who also edged Soquel, 3-2, on Tuesday thanks to Vanessa Segura’s game-winning score in the sixth.

Martina Churchill hit a two-run homer on Tuesday, and doubled on Wednesday.

Aptos had 11 hits in Wednesday’s six-inning win, which was their fifth straight in league.

LINE OF THE WEEK (April 12-18)
St. Francis sophomore shortstop Ariana Acevedo had a home run, three walks, three RBIs, four scored runs and five stolen bases in the Sharks’ SCCAL romp over Harbor.

GAME OF THE WEEK (April 20-26)
Aptos at San Lorenzo Valley, April 24, 4 p.m. — Tuesday will be a battle of the top two teams in the SCCAL in Felton. S.L.V. enters as the defending league champ, while Aptos is trying to win its first title since 2011.

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