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Sum of Westview’s parts equals a title

04/05/2014, 6:52pm PDT
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Solid pitching, clutch hitting power Wolverines to Falcon Fiesta crown

Westview softball players savor their championship of the 16th annual Falcon Fiesta tournament.

With five players committed to Division I college softball teams, Westview should be one of the more dangerous teams this season.

Well, anyone who didn’t take the Wolverines seriously so far ought to rethink that.

Westview, it appears, is very much for real.

Scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie, Westview collected a 3-1 win over Mira Mesa on Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the 16th annual Falcon Fiesta at Torrey Pines High.

The eighth consecutive victory this season came after the Wolverines (12-1-1) edged Fallbrook 4-2 in the semifinals.

“People will have to see us as a threat, even in the Palomar League,” said senior left fielder Katie Schultz, who singled in the go-ahead run and earned MVP honors for the tournament. “There are teams where you know the individuals. We’re known as Westview, the team.”

Mira Mesa (7-8) scored its only run on its lone hit against Megan Krause, a solo home run in the fourth inning by Quirisa Mauga into the wind in left field.

Krause improved to 4-0 by retiring the final 12 batters after Mauga’s blast and 16 of the last 17 batters she faced.

Westview scored its first run in the third inning on a bases-loaded walk, one of nine passes for the Wolverines.

After Westview loaded the bases in the sixth, Schultz grounded a single up the middle to score Jordan Mauch. The third run came in when Morgan Howe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

“I knew I needed to make something happen,” Schultz said. “I took a deep breath and tried to make contact.

“That’s what makes us special. We make plays when we have to.”

Mira Mesa pitcher Alicia Garcia, who shut out Torrey Pines 6-0 in the semis, was named the tournament’s most valuable pitcher.

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