Hart Broncos on fire

first_imgFausett, a 58-year Valencia resident who is a project manager of a construction firm, has dedicated his life to softball since graduating from Hart High, where he played football and basketball. In other summer softball news, Valencia ace Jordan Taylor, considered the top returning pitcher in California, has recovered from a minor foot injury that sidelined her for about a week. She’s a top pitcher for the Anaheim Batbusters, who participate in the ASA Gold nationals in Oklahoma City in two weeks. “I pulled a muscle on the top of my foot and just kind of tweaked it, but it’s been OK for about a week, and I’m just getting ready for nationals,” Taylor said. “We don’t really keep stats but the team is doing really well. We haven’t lost many games.” Among Taylor’s teammates on the Batbusters is Hart’s Caitlyn Stiglich. Former Valencia girls’ basketball standout Kelley Tarver, who averaged 11 points as a starting guard at Div. II Cal State Bakersfield as a freshman last season, is looking forward to her sophomore year. Cal State Bakersfield (24-5 in 2005-06) moves up to Division I and plays UCLA in the season opener in November. “I like it there a lot, and we’ve got a good team coming back – including Jessie Loring (ex-Saugus/Canyons,)” Tarver said. “It was nice to play with Jessie last year instead of always playing against her.” Tarver is staying in shape by participating in the L.A. Summer Showcase summer league at USC. “Everybody who’s anybody is in that league,” Tarver said. Meanwhile, another ex-local, former Canyon High/Canyons women’s standout Erica Doyle, had a difficult first season as a junior at Cal State San Bernardino, averaging 3.4 points while shooting just 27.9 percent as a reserve point guard for a team that finished 16-11 and didn’t earn a postseason berth. “I got a chance to figure out the program a little bit. It was back to phase one for me, coming off the bench,” Doyle said. “It was just sort of a new thing for me. I signed late, and it took a while to get a feel. I started to get more minutes toward the end of the season. I think next season we’ll see the Erica Doyle that I know and that everyone knows because more will be expected of me because the starting point guard graduated and I was the backup.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. [email protected] (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The William S. Hart Bronco baseball team (12-under) continues to impress, winning three pool-play games over the weekend at the North Coast Regionals in Simi Valley, putting the boys in prime position to win the 10-team tournament and qualify for the West Zone tournament in Whittier – the last stop before the PONY World Series in Monterey. Hart (13-1), coming off a tournament championship at the Hart Sectionals two weekends ago, rallied from three runs back in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Sylmar 8-7 on Saturday – avenging Hart’s only loss in the opening North Coast District tournament. With a drawn-in infield, Devin Gustaveson singled in Tyler Glasnow for the winning run. Hart followed with two victories Sunday, defeating Charter Oaks 13-8 and Simi Youth 13-0. Against Charter Oaks, Josh Heinz hit his 10th home run of the postseason. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“Josh only hit four during the regular season but he has 10 over the past two weeks. He’s just in a zone,” said his father, Don, one of Hart’s assistant coaches. In the victory over Simi Valley, Anthony Dagen pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Summer is heating up for local softball players, as the Santa Clarita-based SoCal Choppers participate in the large-scale ASA national championships (18-under) in Owensville, Ky. beginning on Tuesday. Among the key players from local schools are Valencia’s Jessie Spigner, Torrie Anderson, Nicole Matson and Kristen Aidem; Saugus’ Victoria Kemp, Alex Cueva, Alicia Junker, Melisa Koutz, Claire Donyanavard, Jacqueline Taylor and Vanessa Guevara, and Canyon’s Jenna McGivney. “This is probably as good a team as I’ve seen from this valley, and I was part of a 1982 team that won a national title with Samantha Ford,” coach Gary Fausett said. “We don’t have the same kind of strong pitching, but offensively I’d say we’re probably as good as anyone in the country, including the Gold-level teams.” last_img