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Moore Catching College Coaches in Personal Web

April 14, 1999

Sara Moore has found a unique way to attract attention from college coaches.

"I e-mail them and attach my web site address to it and ask them for information about their schools," Quartz Hill High's All-Golden League infielder said. "They can't really talk to me yet because I'm only a junior, though."

Visitors to Moore's site first see a picture of her making solid contact with a pitch during the Southern Section Division II championship game last season, not a bad first impression.

The site also includes Moore's softball resume, including statistics, background and links to other softball pages nation-wide. It also features tips on how to make your own recruiting video.

Moore, who hopes to eventually major in a computer-related field, spent about two days setting up the site, located at www.angelfire.com/az/Luv4Sportz/index.html.

"I was impressed," said Coy Ray, Quartz Hill co-coach. "I know I couldn't do a site like that."

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Quartz Hill, defending Division II champion, has been moved up to Division I because of increased enrollment.

That means the Rebels (15-1) likely would have to defeat Santa Ana Mater Dei and/or Santa Ana Foothill, both nationally ranked, to win another championship.

"Division I will definitely be tough," said Ray, whose team defeated state power Santa Maria Righetti last season in the playoffs. "But there are plenty of teams in Division II that can also take you out in a heartbeat."

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It's a lineup that would leave most opposing pitchers with a major-league case of the jitters:

1. McGee

2. Boggs

3. Schmidt

4. Piazza

5. Walker

6. Gant

7. Horner

8. Dye

9. Valenzuela

But these aren't major leaguers.

They're softball players from the region with last names that would look familiar to almost anyone who follows baseball.

Instead of Willie McGee, Wade Boggs, et al, this lineup includes: Lauren McGee of Flintridge Sacred Heart, Kelsey Boggs of Glendale, Shanacy Schmidt of Lancaster, Alex Piazza of Providence, Kelsey Walker of El Camino Real, Karis Gant of Chatsworth, Margo Horner of Paraclete, Jennifer Dye of Moorpark and Jennifer Valenzuela of Louisville.

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Nothing like a timely timeout to break up a hit parade.

Such was the case last week when Newbury Park jumped on pitcher Maureen LeCocq of Chaminade for four hits in the first inning, including a leadoff double by Oli Keohohou. The Panthers scored a run and loaded the bases with one out.

"We had her on the ropes," said Coach Pete Ackermann of Newbury Park.

But after a timeout, LeCocq fought out of the jam with consecutive strikeouts and Chaminade battled back for a 2-1 victory.

"I think with the success that the first kids had, the others were just hoping it was enough or that Mo would issue them a walk," Ackermann said.

"[But] if you're going to wait for Maureen LeCocq to walk you, you might as well give up the game of softball."

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Sophomore pitcher Amanda Wachsmuth, Paraclete's No. 3 hitter, has returned to full-time duty at Paraclete after struggling through the first month of the season because of flu and a hip injury.

"She's a big part of our lineup," Neill said of Wachsmuth. "Having her back is really going to help."

The impact wasn't immediate, however.

The Spirits, who had won 20 consecutive league championships, lost to L.A. Baptist, 1-0, on Tuesday in their first Alpha League game since moving over from the High Desert League.

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Since there had been no rain for two innings, Coach Barbara Jordan of Westlake was dumbfounded when umpires called a game after six innings in the Righetti tournament last week.

Umpires walked off the field, leaving Chaminade with a 1-0 victory and LeCocq with a no-hitter against the Warriors.

"After the sixth inning I had to walk into the parking lot to ask the umpire where he was going," Jordan said. "He said, 'I gave you two innings,' and I said, 'You gave me nothing.' "

What upset Jordan most was that Westlake had its Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters coming to bat in the seventh.

"I told the tournament director, 'You owe me an inning,' " Jordan said.

Jordan's fiery reaction must have fired up her players because Westlake won its next four games and claimed the consolation championship.

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Chaminade, Alemany and Harvard-Westlake are considered the teams to beat in the Mission League, but Notre Dame is quickly establishing itself as a contender.

The Knights are 6-3 overall, and are a few clutch hits from being undefeated.

Notre Dame lost in a tiebreaker to Rancho Bernardo, ranked No. 1 in Northern San Diego County, and had one-run losses to Westlake and Simi Valley, both ranked in The Times' regional top 10.

"We're quietly getting the job done," Coach Cindy Kramer said.

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It's all in the wrist.

At least, that's the case for pitcher Patty Del Real of Kennedy, who has taken to scrawling a pseudo cheat sheet of her team's offensive signals on her right arm.

"I can't help it," she said. "I just can't remember them all."

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Freshman right-hander Christina Gillman (4-2) gave Saugus something to shout about last Thursday, defeating No. 8-ranked Hart, 2-1.

Just don't expect to hear Gillman doing any of the shouting.

Gillman (4-2) was stricken with strep throat the next day and sat out two games.

Fortunately for Saugus, its next Foothill League game isn't until Tuesday.

Staff writers Dave Desmond and Paige A. Leech contributed to this notebook.

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