first_imgIn any case, Cantwell’s opening performance was impressive. The Cardinals pounded 13 hits, seven of them in an eight-run third inning that included a home run and a two-run single by freshman shortstop and leadoff batter Jalisa Rock, and an RBI triple by sophomore second baseman Lauren Yao. Sophomore Roberta Garcia had two singles in the inning, and freshman right fielder Paulina Saucedo had a two-run single. “We’ve really been concentrating on our hitting every day,” said veteran first baseman and returning all-CIF selection Lauren Alvarado, who had two hits and an RBI. As for any pressure to repeat the championship, she added, “There’s always pressure. People ask if we think we can do it again. The players don’t talk about it. We just say that was last year.” Sophomore pitcher Michelle Sierra scattered four hits and pitched out of the only two real scoring opportunities the Victorians had. “Not really,” coach Alex Blanco said after his team opened the season with a 10-0 victory over visiting St. Matthias on Tuesday. “Not a lot of pressure. We’re just looking at it as a season of challenges. Our league is tougher this year, too.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img MONTEBELLO – Cantwell High School has won the last two CIF-Southern Section Division VII softball championships, but the Cardinals move up to Division VI this season. Do the Cardinals feel any pressure to make it a three-peat, even though the division is different? last_img