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May 27, 2009 > Moreau advances to NCS softball semifinals

Moreau advances to NCS softball semifinals

By Mike Jones

Savanna Ulloa, a freshman at Moreau Catholic High School, knows the Lord giveth and taketh away.

On Saturday though, it was Ulloa who did the giving and taking before leading #2 Moreau's softball team to a 14-3 drubbing of visiting #7 Cloverdale in a second-round North Coast Section (NCS) Division IV playoff game at Larry Standley Field. (Moreau had a first-round bye, as they were seeded in the top four of the bracket.)

Ulloa, who threw away the first ball she touched leading to two unearned runs off Mariners' pitcher Shelby Long, came back to end the inning with a flourish by firing a perfect strike home on a cutoff throw from short right field to cut down what would have been the Eagles' third run.

Minutes later, Ulloa was back in the spotlight again, blasting a three-run home run to give Moreau a lead it would never relinquish, finishing the five-inning mercy rule (10-run lead) victory with a 4-4, five-RBI explosion.

"I felt a little better after throwing that girl out at the plate," Ulloa said. "But when I got to the plate, I wanted to make them pay for my error and then I hit that bomb."

A "bomb" that came as no surprise to Moreau Head Coach Chris Krisman.

"I'm real proud of the way our team played," said Krisman, whose husband Mike Krisman is the team's third base coach. "Savanna has played real well all season so I knew she'd come on like gang-busters after that error. Shelby pitched real well and the girls played the way I know they're capable of playing."

Ulloa was hardly alone as Jordan Lewis (2- 3, RBI, 3 runs), Jessica Marin (2- 3, HR), Kyra Kawasaki (2-3, 2 runs, RBI) and Yvonne Drabin, the Mariners' lone senior who also had two hits, two runs and an RBI, all contributed to the onslaught.

"I never worried about those two runs," said Long, who had three hits and an RBI in addition to her solid pitching. "We have a great team and we know what we're capable of doing. "So it really doesn't matter who or where we play next."

With the victory, Moreau earned itself a road game against #6 Clear Lake, who were able to upset #3 Berean Christian, 4-2, in its second-round game. Clear Lake was determined the host by winning a coin flip. That semi-final game will be played Wednesday, May 27, at 5 p.m. Results were not available at press. Log onto tricityvoice.com/sports to find out the victor.

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