Edison High’s softball team showed Tuesday, May 4 that its upset victory last week wasn’t a fluke.
Senior catcher Bella Martinez delivered a game-winning, infield single with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning to lift the No. 18 Chargers to a 4-3 victory against visiting No. 1 Huntington Beach in the Surf League.
One week after Edison knocked off No. 2 Los Alamitos 3-1, Martinez drove in Jenna Gorden, the pitcher who led the Chargers past the Griffins. Gorden reached in the seventh on a fielder’s choice, beat a throw to second on another fielder’s choice and took third on a walk to loaded the bases.
“We are the underdogs and we play that role very well,” Martinez said. “Preseason, we struggled a little bit trying to fix out all the notches but now that we’re in league, I feel everything is coming together nicely.”
Edison (6-7, 2-2) not only faced the No. 1 Oilers (16-3, 3-1), they encountered Iowa-bound ace Devyn Greer in the circle.
With bases loaded and one out in the seventh, Greer notched her 13th strikeout to bring the left-handed Martinez to plate. Martinez punched a 2-0 pitch into the hole at shortstop, leaving the Oilers without much of play.
“I was trying to make something happen,” Martinez said. “I knew I didn’t want to hit it in the air. They’re very talented in the infield and outfield.”
The walk-off hit made a winner of junior of Kaitlyn Reynolds (2-3), who blanked the Oilers in 4 2/3 innings in relief of Gorden.
Reynolds entered with one out in the third. Huntington Beach had just opened a 3-1 lead after a solo home run by Mikayla Carman and run-scoring single by Emma Francisco earlier in the inning.
Reynolds allowed two singles, struck out three and walked none. Her best pitch, she said, was her off-speed curve, which helped her induce four popups to shortstop Emma Mendoza.
“I just slowed down (my approach) in my head, just me and Bella the whole time,” Reynolds said. “I didn’t worry about anything else. Just trusting my defense.”
Second baseman Bella Espinoza also helped with the defense. The uncommitted senior ranged to her right for a sliding stop and threw from her knees to rob Carman of a one-out single in the seventh.
“She’s just an amazing player,” Reynolds said of Espinoza. “I trust her completely.”
Espinoza also went 4 for 4 at the plate from the lead-off spot.
Mendoza and Martinez each added two hits as the Chargers collected eight against Greer.
“We’re coming together as a whole,” Espinoza said. “Working together has really helped us these past few weeks.”
Edison lost to Huntington Beach 1-0 in the first round of league. The Chargers tied the score at 3-3 in the fifth on a double by Mendoza that was lost in the sun, an extra challenge that affected both teams.
“Our hitting has been coming around.” Edison second-year coach Jeremy Barnes said. “Our defense has been getting smoother.”
In another game:
In the Crestview League:
Villa Park 10, Canyon 0: Sydney Somerndike fired her second perfect game, racking up 14 strikeouts and also went 3 for 3 with a home run as the Spartans bounced back from a loss at Los Alamitos.