Strong pitching leads Fortuna girls to tournament championship 

Submitted photos – The Fortuna Huskies celebrate their tournament championship on Saturday.

The Fortuna Huskies continued to take advantage of some strong pitching on their way to a championship at the Cloverdale softball tournament on Saturday.

After opening the two-day tournament with a 15-2 win over Kelseyville on Friday, the Fortuna girls won a pair of games on Saturday, shutting out Clear Lake 5-0 in the semifinals and following that with an 8-7 win in eight innings over the host school in the final.

Seniors Libby Johnston and Kylee Fennell both continued to impress in the circle for the undefeated Huskies, who are now 6-0 on the season.

Fennell, who was named tournament MVP, dominated in the championship game, holding the Cloverdale offense to just two runs through the opening six innings.

The Huskies led 6-2 going into the seventh inning before their defense momentarily deserted them, as the home team scored four runs to tie the game and had the potential winning run at third with just one out before Fennell dug deep again to record two more outs and force the extra innings.

In the top half the eighth, Johnston and Kadence Mace each drove in a run to give Fortuna a two-run cushion.

The host Eagles would respond with a run in the bottom half of the inning, before Fortuna freshman Isabel Sanchez made the final out in center field to seal the tournament championship.

As a team, the Huskies racked up 16 hits in the championship game, with Johnston leading the way and finishing 4-for-5 with an RBI.

Fennell also had a big day at the plate and finished 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Faith Helms was 2-for-4 with a double and Mariah Smith was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Mace also was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Hailee Thompson finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.

In addition to Fennell’s MVP award, Johnston and Zoe Dewberry each were also named to the all-tournament team.

Fortuna seniors Libby Johnston (MVP), Kylee Fennell and Zoe Dewberry were each named to the all-tournament team.

Earlier in the day, Johnston pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout in the semifinal showdown against Clear Lake.

The standout senior struck out four and allowed just two walks.

As a team, Fortuna scored five runs on seven hits, which was more than enough for the impressive Johnston.

Sanchez, who is enjoying an impressive debut campaign with the team, had two hits and an RBI, while Johnston helped her own cause with a double and an RBI.

Smith also had a triple and two RBIs, while Dewberry had a hit and an RBI.

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