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DIVISION I: Hillers sophomore turns on the power

05/21/2011, 5:13pm PDT
By Eric Shannon, Special to the U-T

Hayley Kasden picked the perfect time for her second home run of the season.

Hayley Kasden picked the perfect time for her second home run of the season.

A three-run blast by the sophomore second baseman in the third inning sparked sixth-seeded Grossmont to a 4-3 win over Poway in the San Diego Section Division I softball championship Saturday at UCSD.

“Once I hit it, I just knew it was gone,” said Kasden, who drove a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence to give Grossmont a 3-1 lead. “I wanted a base hit, move the runners over, and I just happened to get on the ball and it went over.”

Though the top-seeded Titans (25-7) tied it with solo home runs by Ashley Andruski and Nicole Johnson in the bottom of the fourth, Kasden and the Foothillers (23-10-1) responded again in the fifth.

Junior Aubrie May drew a one-out walk, Kasden followed with a single and senior Rachel Stalford drove in May with a go-ahead base hit.

Stalford (22-10-1) turned in a complete game, allowing just one hit in the final three innings to seal the victory.

It was Grossmont’s second softball title in school history and the first since 1989.

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