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July 21, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
Softball has made Taryne Mowatt a nomad, but at least she has some company. She started at Corona Santiago High, moved on to Tucson, where she led the Arizona Wildcats to consecutive national championships, and now she has left the dry desert heat for Midwestern humidity. The things a young woman will do for the love of a game — including, in her case, stocking up on bug repellent and rosin. Without the former, her skin swells with every mosquito bite. Without the latter, she can't grip a softball — a major problem for a pitcher.
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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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SPORTS
April 21, 1995
Three softball players have signed letters of intent to attend Cal State Fullerton. Carrie Davis, an outfielder, is a first-team All-Southern Section selection from Bellflower High School. Ruby Rubio, an infielder-outfielder from College of the Sequoias, hit .325 in 1994. Bevan Trueblood, a first baseman-catcher, was a second-team All-Southern Section pick as a junior at Ventura Buena.
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August 7, 2012 | By Philip Hersh
LONDON - It was a cool evening. The setting sun found a tiny hole in the clouds. The occasional sprinkle fell on Regent's Park, and tall grasses that looked as if they belonged on a Midwest prairie began to sway. Then you looked at the grass, looked through the mind's eye, and you saw it move even more as the women pushed through it. There were Tanya Harding and Crystl Bustos, Lisa Fernandez and Yukiko Ueno, Stacey Porter and Laura Berg and all the other great softball players whose sport was banished from the Olympics.
SPORTS
June 27, 1990
Three softball players from Orange County have signed letters of intent with Creighton University. The players, who will enter the Omaha, Neb., school in the fall, are: --Wendy Moon, a shortstop from San Clemente High School --Suzanne Pickett, a catcher/first baseman from Garden Grove who attended St. Joseph's High in Lakewood --Tracy Rice, a catcher from Mater Dei High.
SPORTS
May 20, 1995
Three Cal State Fullerton softball players have been named to the Big West all-conference first team. Pitcher Jennifer Mortensen, outfielder Heidi Robertson and designated player Senetha Thomas were selected along with Long Beach State's Kristyn Frady, chosen as the utility player. Four Titans were named to the second team: freshman pitcher Brandi Isgar, catcher Shannon Dolan, first baseman Rose Garces and second baseman Chris Zboril.
SPORTS
April 20, 1989
Chanele Chambrone, a catcher at Canyon High School, was one of three area athletes to sign letters of intent to attend Cal State Long Beach next season, 49er softball Coach Pete Manarino announced Wednesday. Rene Pina, who plays first base for Mission Viejo High, and Heather Illsley, who plays third at Rancho Santiago College, also signed.
SPORTS
November 1, 1996
Four area softball players have decided where they will attend college. Pacifica's Toni Mascarenas, Foothill's Lauren Bauer and Fountain Valley's Lindsey Collins have given oral commitments to Arizona. Westminster's Kelly Hauxhurst agreed to attend Washington. Bauer and Mascarenas earned Times all-county recognition in 1996. Bauer, a two-time all-county selection as an outfielder, batted .382 with three home runs and 22 RBIs last season.
SPORTS
June 8, 1989
Three baseball players and three softball players from Cal State Dominguez Hills have received Division II All-Western Regional honors. Senior pitcher Rick Davis, who led the nation in strikeouts, was voted to the first team, as were softball players Maria Romero and Jennifer Boen. Second-team honors went to a pair of seniors, baseball third baseman Ruben Jauregui and softball pitcher Denise Biller. Rob Campbell, a junior center fielder, received honorable mention. Davis, a right-hander, posted a 7-7 record on a team that finished in last place in the California Collegiate Athletic Assn.
SPORTS
May 13, 1998
Three college softball players with local ties were named to the Big West Conference's 1998 All-Conference Softball Teams. Cal State Fullerton junior second baseman Nikki Hart (El Dorado) earned first-team honors and teammate sophomore catcher Dara Marzolo (Orange) was named to the second team. Brandee McArthur (Villa Park), a junior pitcher and utility player at Pacific, also was named to the second team.
HEALTH
June 23, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jennie Finch began playing softball as a kid, and her passion and talent for the sport carried her all the way to the U.S. National Team and, in 2004 and 2008, the women's U.S. Olympic team. A star pitcher, Finch led her fellow Olympians to win gold and silver medals. In 2010, Finch announced her retirement from the game to focus on her family. Now, the 31-year-old mother of two has written a book, "Throw Like a Girl," in which she relates the lessons she learned playing softball and her desire to bring the world of sports to more young women.
SPORTS
July 21, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
Softball has made Taryne Mowatt a nomad, but at least she has some company. She started at Corona Santiago High, moved on to Tucson, where she led the Arizona Wildcats to consecutive national championships, and now she has left the dry desert heat for Midwestern humidity. The things a young woman will do for the love of a game — including, in her case, stocking up on bug repellent and rosin. Without the former, her skin swells with every mosquito bite. Without the latter, she can't grip a softball — a major problem for a pitcher.
SPORTS
June 15, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
Jessica Hall, Chino Hills Ayala, Pitcher, Sr.: The Gatorade state player of the year pitched four shutouts in the playoffs en route to the Bulldogs' first championship. She had a 28-3 record, a 0.68 earned-run average and 336 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings. She batted .340 with five home runs and 32 runs batted in. Next season, she'll play for national champion UCLA. Kayla Massey, Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills, Pitcher, Sr.: Another two-way threat, she had a 23-2 record with a 0.32 ERA and 247 strikeouts in 195 innings.
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July 20, 2005 | Dana Parsons
Mention Shirley Grindle's name to certain Orange County politicians, lobbyists or developers and their lips may curl into a sneer. They see her as a self-righteous busybody and, most likely, not a very good sport. After all, more than anyone around here in the last 30 years, she's responsible for limiting the amount of influence-peddling that goes on in the back rooms of power.
SPORTS
May 21, 2005 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
They have shown an extraordinary level of resiliency, an ability to overcome personal adversity and a desire to provide comfort and charity. As a group, the softball players from Viewpoint High in Calabasas are primarily children of privilege, but they are bound by experiences that play no favorites. Over the last two years, cancer has affected three of the team's eight seniors. Those three remain heavily involved in charity work, as does another senior teammate.
SPORTS
September 30, 2004 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
A 29-match winning streak by the girls' golf team at San Clemente, Palm Desert or Rolling Hills Estates Peninsula would probably not be out of the question. But Anaheim Savanna? With softball players who, for the most part, had never picked up a golf club until the start of the season? Well, the Rebels accomplished just that. "If you can hit a moving ball with a bat," said senior Melissa Vigoren, Savanna's most experienced golfer, "it couldn't be much harder hitting one sitting still."
SPORTS
March 28, 1992
There is a 20-minute break between games of collegiate softball doubleheaders to allow players a little R & R before they take the field again. But it was Revenge and Retribution, not Rest and Recuperation , that the Matadors were getting during their break Wednesday.
SPORTS
December 22, 1994 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal State Northridge softball player Shelby Wilcox was released Wednesday from Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. Wilcox, 20, suffered a skull fracture, a shattered right thigh bone and a broken right hand in a car accident Friday night in Morro Bay. She lost consciousness for nearly 24 hours and spent three days in intensive care. "She's feeling much better," CSUN softball Coach Janet Sherman said. "She was up on crutches and just wants to get home."
SPORTS
May 7, 2002 | Eric Sondheimer
For more than a year, Stephanie Varlotta tried to convince administrators at Los Angeles University High that something was seriously wrong with the Warrior softball program. Just weeks before the season was to start, there was no coach. The pitching rubber was broken. The field was a health hazard, with patches of grass growing in the all-dirt infield. There was no summer program, not even an off-season class to teach fundamentals.
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March 25, 2002 | From staff reports
Melanie Wood, a softball pitcher who graduated from Verdugo Hills High in 1996, will have her number retired by the school on April 2 in ceremonies before the Dons' first home game of the season. Wood went on to become a two-time All-American at Cal State Bakersfield.
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