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May 7, 2004 | BILL PLASCHKE
The Compton High softball players huddle at the front of graffiti-scarred bleachers, jeering fans over their shoulders, two hours of dusty humiliation in their face. They can't win; in 10 games they have been outscored, 175-2. They can't bat; their one official hit this season was a three-foot bunt. They can't catch; during home games, players chase fly balls amid cars that occasionally barrel through the outfield weeds.
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April 27, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
BASEBALL NONLEAGUE Capistrano Valley Christian 4, La Salle 1 Beckman 11-8, Katella 1-2   TOURNAMENTS CORONA CENTENNIAL Kaiser 7, Arlington 2 Corona Centennial 5, Patriot 4   EDISON Capistrano Valley 10, Paramount 2   REDONDO Cypress 6, Los Alamitos 2             SOFTBALL NONLEAGUE Corona 7-11, Louisville 6-0 Orange Lutheran 8,...
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June 2, 2010 | By David Wharton and Melissa Rohlin
There was nothing complicated about that photograph of Elena Kagan, the one that showed her standing at bat on a playground diamond. Maybe if she had been kicking a soccer ball or diving off the high board, there wouldn't have been as much fuss. But the Supreme Court nominee's sexual orientation was already the stuff of rumors, given that she was single and kept her hair short. Her supporters accused conservatives of trying to damage her chances by whispering that she was gay. Adding softball to the conversation only amped up the volume, all those bloggers and television commentators, and the White House was compelled to reiterate that Kagan was heterosexual.
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April 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Westlake High School softball coach has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student athlete, authorities said. Thousand Oaks police received information about possible “unlawful sexual activities” on Wednesday and arrested Robert Garza, 37, the next afternoon, according to a police statement. Detectives said they believed the alleged incident involving Garza and a female student occurred off school grounds while students were on spring break.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Corona Santiago is No. 1, Esperanza No. 2 and Garden Grove Pacifica No. 3 in the Southern Section Division 1 softball poll. Here's the link to complete rankings. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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May 19, 2000
Cal State Fullerton (45-13) scored a 2-1 victory over Texas (29-26-1) at Fresno. With runners on first and second with two out in the bottom of the seventh, the Titans' Amanda Hockett drilled a line drive to right. Texas right fielder Audrey Hendricks made a perfect throw to the plate, but Jessica Maloney slid and knocked the ball away from catcher Marlo Hanks, scoring the winning run. The second-seeded Titans will play California tonight.
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February 24, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Corona Santiago has been ranked No. 1 in the Southern Section Division 1 softball preseason rankings. Norco is No. 2, Garden Grove Pacifica is No. 3, Yorba Linda No. 4 and West Ranch No. 5. Here's the link to complete rankings.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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May 18, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A top student at Schurr High School in Montebello, Emily Sanchez believed success was the result of hard work. Over the last few years, the 18-year-old academic standout and softball star received several honors, including two MVP awards for leading Schurr to consecutive league titles. The University of Delaware even offered her a softball scholarship, which she accepted. But graduation and college plans are now on hold for Sanchez. Since Mother's Day she has been in the hospital recovering from injuries she suffered in a major car accident.
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September 12, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Bart Griffiths was shagging a lost softball in a ditch recently when he became an unlikely hero, pulling a wheelchair-bound man from snake-laden muck. Griffiths, 51, was retrieving a home run hit over the left-field fence at the Willow Park Sports Complex in Logan, Utah, during a recreational softball playoff game. That's when he spotted something gray in the stagnant waters of an irrigation ditch. "I was looking around for the ball - I want to save the city money. Those balls cost $4 apiece.
HOME & GARDEN
April 24, 2003
Being one of Chris Erskine's biggest fans, I am pleased to see his column in a more prominent position in the new section. My husband Tom and I enjoy all of his columns, but we especially relate to the softball ones, having had two daughters in Ponytail softball a number of years ago. Keep up the good work! Sue Graham Via e-mail
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Corona Santiago is No. 1, Esperanza No. 2 and Garden Grove Pacifica No. 3 in the Southern Section Division 1 softball poll. Here's the link to complete rankings. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 18, 1987
Terry Esquivel pitched a complete-game four-hitter Tuesday to lead United States International University to a 5-0 victory over San Diego State in the first game of a nonconference women's softball doubleheader at San Diego State. The second game was tied, 1-1, after 10 innings when it was called because of darkness.
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July 13, 1985
Why are senior softball players (55 and older) in the San Fernando Valley not given any attention? Seems as though the people who can really benefit from some recognition are handled by The Times like most of society. Don't you have anyone of an age or of a sense to realize what some coverage by you people could do for the life and times of this age group? I find that hard to believe. Would like your opinion--if you have time for us. WALTER L. SILVER Encino
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