The Santa Ynez softball team scored a 4-1 win over Santa Maria in a non-league game Monday.
Armani Garcia, who's dominated Central Coast softball the past two seasons, had one of the better outings of her stellar career. She struck out a career-high 17 batters in the Pirates' win on the road, ending the game with a strikeout after the Saints loaded the bases and ended Garcia's no-hit bid in the seventh inning.
Garcia gave up two hits, walked two batters and hit another, but needed her defense to make just four outs in the Pirates' win.
Garcia now has 30 strikeouts in 14 innings over two starts this season after the junior struck out 13 St. Joseph batters in the season opener last week.
Santa Ynez' Yesenia Vega went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to help power the Pirate offense. Molli Kadlec had a run scored and an RBI for the Pirates. Michaela Baker drove in a run for Santa Ynez.
Sandoval qualifies for State
Santa Ynez' Richie Sandoval will be ready to tussle in the 120-pound division at the CIF State Meet after he finished second at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet last weekend.
Sandoval came close to winning that weight class at the Southern Section Masters Meet, but fell to Antonio Lorenzo of St. John Bosco in the title bout for the weight class (fell by major decision 12-0).
He will open things up against James Murphy of Fresno Central at the state meet.
The tradition continues but with a new mission in mind.
Moorpark 85, Hancock 45
The first-place Raiders (26-1, 8-0) routed the Bulldogs (10-13, 2-6) in the second half of a Western State Conference North Division doubleheader at Hancock's Joe White Memorial Gymnasium.
Jazzy Carrasco buried six of her 14 3-point shots and scored a game high 24 points. She led four Raiders in double figures.
Breanna Calhoun went 9-for-13 from the floor and scored 20 points for the Raiders. Starter Barbara Rangel and reserve Isabel Ayala put in 14 points apiece.
Danielle Morgan scored 12 points for Hancock, and Tawny Lino had 11.
Moorpark made half of its 70 shots from the floor. Hancock shot under 24 percent (18-for-76).
Morgan and Tashara Pruett snared 10 rebounds apiece for the Bulldogs, who out-rebounded the Raiders 53-42. Hancock snared 27 offensive rebounds, however the Bulldogs committed 28 turnovers to the Raiders' 16.