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Coast Union concludes perfect league softball season

Senior Ellie Magnuson, who has thrown three no-hitters this season, will lead the Lady Broncos in the CIF playoffs this week.
Senior Ellie Magnuson, who has thrown three no-hitters this season, will lead the Lady Broncos in the CIF playoffs this week. Special to The Cambrian

The Coast Union softball team wrapped up the Coast Valley League championship with an 8-4 win over Valley Christian Academy on May 10, and three days later defeated Shandon 14-1 in five innings to boost its undefeated CVL record to 10-0.

In the title-clinching win over VCA, senior Maddie May belted a home run, scored three runs on three hits and drove in a pair of runs. Senior Ashley Martinez had three RBI, sophomores Ani Corbet and Alyssa Drew each drove in a run, and Corbet scored two runs.

Senior pitcher Ellie Magnuson allowed six hits, struck out six and walked five; the Lady Broncos played error-free ball on defense.

In the victory over Shandon, May and Martinez each had a pair of hits; Reagan Kniffen added three hits, and Coast Union capitalized on a dozen walks from Shandon pitchers. Magnuson struck out 15 and walked two; at the plate, she doubled in a run and scored three runs.

Winning the CVL is not a new experience for the Lady Broncos since the team hit rock bottom with an 0-10 league record in 2011. In 2012, Coast tied with North County Christian (11-1) for the CVL title, and in 2013 the team began a string of four undefeated seasons in the CVL (10-0, 8-0, 9-0, and 10-0 in 2016).

Coach Rocky Fordyce says his team is healthy and for the playoffs will concentrate on playing “small ball” (bunting and moving base runners into scoring position); on defense the team will “prep on all things” leading up to this week’s playoff game.

Special to The Cambrian.

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