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June 8, 2010 > Logan softball wins NCS championship

Logan softball wins NCS championship

The wait is over

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Mike Heightchew

A 14-year championship drought ended for James Logan High School on Saturday, June 5, when freshman Tatyana Salazar crossed home plate on an error by Freedom High School on a bunt by Laelonie Zamora in the seventh inning giving the Lady Colts a 4-3 win in the North Coast Section Division I softball final.

The win marked Logan's first NCS softball title since 1996.

The Colts defeated MVAL rival Newark Memorial 13-1 on Wednesday, June 2, at Logan to advance to Saturday's title game. The Colts got a huge spark from pitcher Raeann Garza, who threw a complete-game one hitter, allowing just one run. Logan, who was the visiting team on Wednesday, went down in order in the first inning, then scored in every inning after that.

However, the 13-run output Logan displayed on Wednesday didn't transfer over into Saturday's final.

Logan trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, had courtesy runner Kelia Barkow beat the throw home on Zamora's squeeze bunt, however the throw to second from Freedom catcher Niki Kalealeii went past the second baseman and ended up in the outfield, allowing Salazar to score the game-winning run from second base.

"All year we've never given up," said Logan coach Terri Johnson. "And in this game, we weren't going to start giving up."

Freedom, who finished the season with a 23-4 record, entered Saturday's NCS title game searching for their eighth NCS title in the last 11 years.

"It wasn't like we got surprised," said Freedom coach Jeff Jonas. "We knew what was going on, we just went to sleep. We haven't been like that all year."

Freedom took the early 1-0 lead in the second inning off an RBI single by Katie Wood. The Colts struck right back in the bottom of the inning with two run of their own as Caley Bonansea laced a two-run double.

After Zepeda tied the game at two with an RBI double for Freedom in the third, Freedom took a 3-2 lead in the fourth, scoring the go-ahead run following two Logan errors.

That 3-2 Freedom lead held until the seventh inning when senior Jackie Campa started off the bottom of the seventh with an infield single to begin Logan's game-winning rally.

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