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Coast Union cruises into Round 2 of CIF softball playoffs, then falls

Sophomore infielder Ani Corbet slides in safely to score during Coast Union’s 12-2 win over Orangewood Academy.
Sophomore infielder Ani Corbet slides in safely to score during Coast Union’s 12-2 win over Orangewood Academy. Special to The Cambrian

After notching three no-hitters against Coast Valley League foes in the regular season, senior standout pitcher Ellie Magnuson fired a one-hitter at visiting Orangewood Academy in a 12-2 CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoff victory Friday, May 20.

Magnuson, who struck out 11 and walked one, went 2-for-2 at the plate, connecting for a two-run triple and a two-run single. Sophomore Ani Corbet chipped in with a pair of doubles and four RBI, and Diana Cisneros put down a pair of slap bunts and knocked in two runs.

Coach Rocky Fordyce said Magnuson was “tough” on the mound for Coast and Cisneros “made things happen” with her bunting. Reagan Kniffen, Magnuson’s catcher all season, “did a great job” at the plate and as the team’s solid catcher, Fordyce added.

The Lady Broncos’ opponent Tuesday was Faith Baptist, winner of the Heritage League title with an 8-0 record. The Contenders’ overall record coming into Tuesday’s CIF was 13-10-1. The Contenders defeated California Lutheran 12-2 to get into the second round against Coast Union (14-6 overall and 10-0 in the CVL).

On Monday, May 23, just before leaving Coast Union with the Senior Class of 2016 for a trip to Disneyland, Magnuson — who joined her teammates at the Canoga Park CIF playoff on Tuesday — said, “All the players were a little nervous” going into the game against Orangewood Academy.

“It was the first CIF game, and the seniors were preparing for the possibility that it was their last game, and the feeling is, we needed to work a little harder. And after the first pitch, we kind of got settled in there.”

As to the team’s approach against Faith Baptist: “We need to focus on doing what we can and not push ourselves past our comfort zone, and do the things we’ve been working for so long. I think we have more heart and more drive and passion, and I think we’ll be OK.”

Pitching to Kniffen has been made seamlessly efficient and effective because “we are super great friends, and it has been an easy collaboration.”

Second round

The Lady Broncos’ season ended with a 13-1 loss to the Faith Baptist Contenders in a second-round game in Canoga Park on Tuesday, May 24. The lone run for Coast came home on a single by Maddie May. Corbet, Magnuson, Kniffen each had singles in the game.

Magnuson pitched the whole game and gave up 12 hits, walking four and striking out one.

The Faith Baptist field has a tall chain link fence in right field, 100 feet from home plate. The Contenders used that fence to their advantage, according to scorekeeper Tamara Corbet, who added, “They just out-hit us.”

After winning the Coast Valley League 10-0, the Lady Broncos ended the season with a 14-7 overall record.

Special to The Cambrian.