“They didn’t let this fantastic pitcher get in their head for the most part,” Sauceda-Reynolds said. “They battled back and we’ve shriveled up in those type of scenarios in the past.” The top of Canyon’s order started the makings of a rally in the sixth but couldn’t push across a run. Spencer reached on a fielder’s choice with one out but was doubled off first after a pop-out from Powell. The Cowboys recorded just a single, which came from Powell, beyond the third-inning rally. “Especially since she’s throwing hard, you just have to go up there and think, ‘I’m going to hit it if it’s close and just swing the bat,’’” Post said. MORE: Valencia softball comes up short against Camarillo Two of the three runs Post gave up in the third were unearned. She struck out four in a complete-game effort. “I just trusted my defense behind me,” Post said. “I couldn’t let my mentality get in the way of a good outing just because of the home run in the first. I had to push through it.” The Cowboys also nearly struck for a run in the first. They loaded the bases with one away before back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning. Canyon resumes preleague play at 11 a.m. on Saturday against Burbank in the Hart Tournament.
Kailee Powell deposits a single into shallow left-center to score Melissa Spencer and cut Calabasas’ lead to 5-3 in the third. Spencer drove in two herself with a triple. pic.twitter.com/54vnYpRRUG— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) March 9, 2018