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Unheralded CBS sends home top-ranked Del Oro

Published: Saturday, May. 19, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Saturday, May. 19, 2012 - 2:03 pm

The shocking upsets in baseball earlier this week spilled over to softball Friday at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

Unranked, under-the-radar Christian Brothers defeated Del Oro 8-3, knocking The Bee's No. 1-ranked team out of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

That upset followed No. 1 Pleasant Grove and No. 2 Jesuit being toppled in the baseball playoffs.

Christian Brothers lost two of its last three games in Capital Valley Conference play, barely landed the league's No. 3 seed and had to beat McClatchy in an outbracket game Tuesday.

Christian Brothers also hadn't been to the softball postseason in years and was a combined 43-119-2 in the seven previous seasons.

But the Falcons, a mix of hungry-for-success seniors and talented underclass players, hit Del Oro ace Jordan Courage hard and often, and took advantage of sloppy Golden Eagles defense.

Meanwhile, sophomore pitcher Haley Snyder, who struck out 18 in a game earlier this season, turned in a gutsy performance. She struck out six and scattered six hits while also going 3 for 4 with an RBI.

Senior second baseman Inaya Norman had two hits and drove in two runs, and senior outfielder Gisselle Jimenez had two hits and drove in a run. Christian Brothers (17-11) will play CVC rival Del Campo today at 3 p.m. as the tournament shifts to double elimination. Del Oro concludes 19-5-2.

"It's just like our kids and Jesuit for baseball or football. In softball, everyone gets up for Del Oro," Falcons coach Chad Clay said. "Frankly, Del Oro played a little flat. We finished third and struggled to get in here. … But upsets happen."

Clay has coached softball for 40 years, including the last four at CBS. He said his first team in 2009 finished the season with nine players.

Norman, a captain, remembers the lean times. She has been a starter for four seasons.

"For the seniors, we were tired of not making the playoffs," said Norman, who will play softball next season at Howard. "So we're here to take full advantage of our opportunity. We've known all year we had the potential to do something special."

In other Friday games:

• Defending D-II champion Casa Roble rallied to beat Roseville 6-5 on Krystal Aubert's two-run single in the fourth inning.

• Lexi Wilkerson struck out 12 and allowed two hits as Woodcreek beat Kennedy 3-0 in D-II.

• Makayla Props homered and had two doubles in Del Campo's 15-10 win over Rosemont.

• Benicia, leading 4-1 in the fifth inning of the D-III game, was awarded a forfeit win when the umpire ejected Woodland coach Mieko Mendenhall and there was no Wolves assistant coach available for the game to continue.

• Senior Stephanie Ceo went 3 for 3, and senior Alyssa Reina drove in three runs in Bear River's 8-2 win over Antelope.

• Kayli Shaw's run-scoring sacrifice fly proved the difference in Whitney's 3-2 win over River Valley.

• Vanden upset Tri-County Conference champion Pioneer 5-4.

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