The Templeton High School softball team has been known for its big bats all season. That trend continued Thursday in a 6-1 road win over Harvard-Westlake (Studio City) in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
It was Templeton freshman Isabella Backer who started things off with a bang with a home run on the fourth pitch of the game. The next batter, senior Katie Murphee, backed that up with a home run of her own.
In the third inning, Backer smashed her sixth home run of the season and third of the playoffs to put Templeton up 3-1. She finished the game 3-for-4. Templeton now has 18 home runs on the season.
With a nice lead, Templeton's junior pitcher Ashley Daugherty took care of the rest. Daugherty struck out eight batters to keep the Eagles (25-0) undefeated on the season.
Templeton will face either El Segundo or JW North at home in the semifinals Tuesday.
Atascadero 3, Patriot 2
Atascadero scored on a single in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied and held on for a 3-2 road win over Patriot (Riverside) in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.
In a pitcher's duel, Atascadero scored first to take a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning. Atascadero scored again, but Patriot tied the game with a two-run home run before the Greyhounds late run.
Atascadero will be on the road Tuesday against either top-seeded West (Torrance) or St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs).