The Pacifica softball program has a long history of producing dominant pitchers, and the Mariners have another one in freshman Kaylee Carlson.
Her 12-1 record, with a sterling 1.14 ERA is one of the major reasons the M’s are atop the Empire League with a two-game edge over rival Valencia. She’s got six shutouts and has fanned 69 batters while walking only 20 in 79-plus innings.
The Mariners have built a 14-2 record (7-0 in league) and are rated seventh in Division One.
In the Garden Grove League, the Garden Grove Argonauts have vaulted over La Quinta into first place. Grove (3-0 in league, 6-3 overall) leads Rancho Alamitos (10-6, 3-1). Santiago and La Quinta are third and fourth.
Orange and Westminster are fourth and sixth in the Golden West League; Magnolia is fourth in the Orange League.
Today (Thursday) Bolsa Grande will host Santa Ana in a non-league contest. On Monday, Western will host Santa Ana and Pacifica will travel to Irvine to take on Northwood in a double-header.
Here’s a look at what happened in area softball action over the past week.
Thursday: Yorba Linda blanked Western 2-0, and Pacifica defeated Cypress 8-1. Anaheim edged Magnolia 8-7 and Santiago outslugged Bolsa Grande 13-12. Rancho Alamitos blanked Los Amigos 10-0.
Friday: Segerstrom overpowered Westminster 12-2. Garden Grove beat Cajon 7-4 in a tournament game.
Saturday: La Quinta lost a pair of tournament games, falling 8-0 to Torrance and 11-3 to Cerritos.
Tuesday: Western lost 8-0 to Kennedy and Segerstrom beat Orange 7-1