Feb 16, 2014 10:17 PM by Bill Halter
Righetti High School graduate, Katie Chenault was named Most Valuable Player as the Hancock softball team won the championship of the Mt. San Jacinto Tournament with two wins on Sunday.
Chenault, who led the Warriors to a CIF championship last season, pitched complete games in the Bulldogs 3-2 win over Rio Hondo and 3-2 upset over 11th ranked College of the Desert. Hancock extended its winning streak to six and improved to 7-3 overall. The Bulldogs were 4-0 in the tournament.
Chenault, a freshman, struck out 7 and scattered 8 hits in the opening victory. Jessica Rothanzl led the charge offensively with 4-4 game at the plate. Rothanzl scored and drove in a run. Lompoc native Tawny Nunes went 2-4 and scored twice. Chenault drove in two runs.
In game two, Hancock broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fourth. Desert tied it with two runs in the fifth before the Bulldogs scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh. Chenault allowed two unearned runs and four hits in a complete game effort. She struck out 11 with 2 walks. Chenault finished the weekend with a 4-0 record and 39 strikeouts in 27 innings.
Righetti alum Kristine Ramos went 1-3 and stole three bases in the second game. Nunes went 1-4 with three stolen bases. Rothanzl hit a double, scored once and drove in one run. Chenault added an RBI-triple.
The Bulldogs open the home portion of their schedule on Thursday against Taft. The game will take place at the Hagerman Sports Complex due to on-going construction on the team's home field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
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