As showdowns go, it wasn't much, but Santa Ana Mater Dei's 5-1 nonleague softball victory Wednesday over visiting Camarillo did wonders for the Monarchs' morale.
Ranked sixth in the Southland by The Times, Mater Dei beat the No. 5 Scorpions (7-3) with clutch hitting and by breaking a trend. Unlike nine previous games, Mater Dei didn't fall behind -- but came close.
Arianna Cervantes gave up a single, a walk and hit a batter, but Brianna Santos (5-2) pitched the last 6 1/3 innings, scattering six hits, to earn the victory.
"We constantly fell behind earlier in the year," Coach Doug Myers said. "We showed a lot of character, but we got into a pattern of not doing the little things."