Top-ranked Granada Hills softball imposes their will in an 18-0 shutout win over Cleveland

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After a shutout loss to Moorpark in a home tournament, the Granada Hills Highlanders returned from Spring Break looking to get back on track in a West Valley League matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers hosted the Highlanders on Wednesday, April 12th, 2023 looking to extend their winning streak to three, coming off of back-to-back non-league wins. Granada Hills took an early 6-0 lead in the top of the 2nd and never looked back, as they steamrolled their way to an 18-0 shutout win that was called after five innings due to the Mercy Rule. Ranked #1 in the city of Los Angeles, the Highlanders’ win improves their overall record to 12-4 on the year and their league record to 2-0. The Cavaliers’ record falls to 8-5-1 on the season and 0-2 in the West Valley League.

Granada Hills sophomore Addison Moorman took the mound in a pitching matchup against senior Heaven Rodriguez of Cleveland. Granada Hills got off to a quick 1-0 start in the top of the 1st inning when sophomore outfielder Jocelyn Jimenez was able to score off of stealing home base. After a scoreless, hitless inning from Moorman, the Highlanders added five hits in the top of the 2nd, tallying five runs in the inning, extending their lead to 6-0, capitalizing off of fielding miscues from the Cavaliers. Moorman struck out three more hitters at the bottom of the 2nd with only a single hit given up.

The Cavaliers made a pitching change going with freshman pitcher Olivia Nutt, in an effort to stop the bleeding in the top of the 3rd inning. Nutt held the Highlanders scoreless in the inning, but Moorman responded with three more strikeouts to end the inning. Granada Hills continued to stay hot at the plate in the top of the 4th adding three hits, walking two runners, and adding four more runs to pull away from the Cavaliers with a 10-0 score. Cleveland was able to produce a hit and a walk in the bottom of the 4th, but was unable to produce any runs to show for it.

The Highlanders completed their day of dominance with an outstanding nine hit, eight run top of the 5th inning, in which Moorman knocked in two of those runs in a rare appearance at the plate. She was later able to secure the win and the shutout in the bottom of the 5th with three more strikeouts to give the Highlanders the 18-0 win. Moorman finished the day with 14 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 2 walks allowed.

Granada Hills coach Ivan Garcia continues to be impressed with the performance of Moorman, “Addison is a legit, high-level pitcher. She’s our workhorse….we throw her a lot & she’s carried the load for our team.” As the top ranked team in Los Angeles, Garcia credits the team leaders such as Moorman, sophomore catcher Samantha Esparza, junior shortstop Jeniece Jimenez along with Jocelyn Jimenez with establishing a culture of accountability within the team, “Those girls are holding each other accountable. Those are our leaders right there and they are doing a great job pushing us forward.” The Highlanders look to build on this win as they travel to El Camino Real for another league matchup on Friday. Cleveland will seek to shake off the lopsided loss with a league road game against Birmingham on Friday.

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