Wednesday, November 25, 2015 • 10:21

Lady Jags down Orange Glen in softball

Sliding and safe on third base is Shelby Smith for the VCHS Lady Jags.
May 14, 2014
Valley Center's Lady Jags Varsity Softball team won a hands-down victory over Orange Glen High School Lady Patriots in a one-sided game last week.

With an overall record of 15-6 combined with a league record of 5-3, the Lady Jags were coming off from a hotly contested loss to Ramona on May 2. The Lady Jags, with the direction of Coach Bill Dunckel, made the necessary adjustments and corrections, which enabled the team to completely dominate the game from start to finish.

You could see the Valley Center team was hitting on all cylinders at the start of the game. Patriots Coach Brenda Langston had her ladies fired up for a badly needed win with an overall record of 5-14-1, but the Jags were simply too overpowering for the team from Orange Glen High. With 23 attempts at bat, the Patriots failed to get on the scorboard.

Looking like Jennie Finch, the former La Mirada High School women's softball Star and 2004 summer Olympic Gold Medalist, was Valley Center's Sophomore Leilani Diefenbach who blasted two balls over the fence with ease to score two homeruns, one with the bases loaded. Coach Dunckel said he has been thoroughly impressed with Diefenbach's progress and performance this season, stating that she is a remarkable player and one of his strongest team players.

Additional runs were scored by pitcher and senior Shawnia Hutton, junior Kiana Diefenbach, junior Sukmal Turner, senior Jasmine "Jazzy" Contreras, senior Emma Sloman, and junior Brie Dunckel.

"This team is probably the most athletic team I have ever had," Coach Dunckel said.

He further commented that the team has started to understand that when they start putting the ball in play, good things will happen. With such a small team, the Jags are holding their own and every teammate has been contributing to the max and understands that getting the win is each player's personable responsibility.

CIF is just around the corner. It is an exciting time for both players, coaches, and spectators. The Lady Jags are definitely in the running. Stay tuned.

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