Valencia softball thrills in league-opening win over Hart
Valencia batter Emma Bramson (R) gets a grand welcome at home plate after blasting a 3-run home run to give the Vikings a 4-3 lead over Hart in a softball game at Hart. Tom Cruze/For The Signal

Valencia softball thrills in league-opening win over Hart

By Tony Ciniglio For The Signal “Operation Mojo” went into full effect for the Valencia softball team. Coach Donna Lee talked about searching for Valencia’s “mojo” heading into the Foothill…

Three Santa Clarita Valley softball teams land on CIF-SS preseason watchlist
Hart Indians Juliette Owen is mobbed at the plate after hitting a solo home in the fourth inning against Patriot of Riverside. Hart won 9-8 in the CIF-SS third-round game. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/For The Signal

Three Santa Clarita Valley softball teams land on CIF-SS preseason watchlist

When longtime Hart softball coach Steve Calendo found out his team made it on the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 preseason watchlist, he had to chuckle a bit. Not that Calendo…

Hart and Saugus softball sophs commit to UC Davis
Saugus' Libbie McMahan and Hart's Aly Kaneshiro sport their UC Davis sweatshirts after committing there to play softball. Courtesy of Lance Kaneshiro.

Hart and Saugus softball sophs commit to UC Davis

Saugus softball’s Libbie McMahan estimates that she’s been friends with Hart softball’s Aly Kaneshiro since the two were five or six years old. Since that point, their friendship has been…

Four SCV softball players named All-CIF
Valencia's Shea O'Leary (19) throws a pitch during a CIF-Southern Section playoff softball game against Great Oak on May 18. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Four SCV softball players named All-CIF

Monday’s release of the 2017 All-CIF Southern Section softball teams featured a Foothill League champion, two Division 3 runners-up and one glaring omission. Shea O’Leary, ace pitcher of the Foothill…

Foothill softball roundup: Valencia defeats Canyon for flawless season
Valencia's Alexis Genovese (18) throws to first base for an out during a home softball game against Canyon on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Foothill softball roundup: Valencia defeats Canyon for flawless season

“10-0 sounds a whole lot better than 9-0 doesn’t it,” Valencia High softball coach Donna Lee excitedly asked her team on Thursday afternoon. The Foothill League champion Vikings had just…

Foothill softball roundup: Valencia pitcher tosses 3rd straight shutout
Valencia's Shea O'Leary (19) throws a pitch during a softball game against Saugus on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

Foothill softball roundup: Valencia pitcher tosses 3rd straight shutout

Really, it only seems fair. Opponents aren’t giving Valencia catcher Ally Shipman many pitches to hit. So Viking pitcher Shea O’Leary is returning the favor. O’Leary threw her third straight…

Winner of Saugus-Valencia softball game takes early step toward repeat
Valencia pitcher Shea O'Leary has thrown two complete-game shutouts to open the Foothill League season. Signal file photo

Winner of Saugus-Valencia softball game takes early step toward repeat

Valencia High pitcher Shea O’Leary has a mantra that takes about as long to read as it takes her fastball to reach home plate: Stay in your lane. The phrase,…

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