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PREP SOFTBALL

Whitney uses defense for one-run shutout over Cordova

Brooks up from JV to pitch
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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With pitchers Taylor Cotton and Megan Mello out of the lineup with injuries, the Whitney High softball team called up junior varsity hurler Abi Brooks who threw a 1-0 shutout against visiting Cordova Thursday.

Following a 30-1 mauling of Mira Loma on Tuesday, the Wildcats defeated the Lancers with one unearned run.

Shelby Taylor scored the only run of the game after a pickoff attempt of Tessa Harris at second base missed the mark. The Cordova catcher’s throwing error allowed Taylor to score giving Whitney its margin of victory.

Brooks was nothing short of sensational in her pitching debut. She seemed to be at her best when the Lancers had runners in scoring position.

In the seventh inning, Brooks got help by three-outstanding fielding plays by shortstop Kayli Shaw.

With the leadoff hitter on base, Shaw showed her versatility by using her glove to stop a shot off a Cordova player’s bat. She then picked up the ball and tossed it over her shoulder to force the Lancers’ runner at second.

Shaw then made a leaping catch to rob the next batter of a base hit for out No. 2 and gunned down the next batter after cutting off a ground ball up the middle.

Seniors Cotton and Mello could be lost for the season after suffering fractures on Monday.

The win improved the ‘Cats record to 2-0 in the Capital Athletic League tied with Antelope. Whitney will host the Titans April 15 and then get a visit from El Camino the following day. Whitney is 13-5 overall.

WHITNEY 1, CORDOVA 0

Lancers    000 000 0 – 0

Wildcats   001 000 0 – 1

Read the full story of Whitney's win over Cordova in the April 18 publication of the Placer Herald