One Softball Streak Goes On, Another Ends

Tuesday was big day from a softball state record perspective as the state's longest league win streak ever was snapped and a new all-time mark was set for most consecutive scoreless innings by a pitcher.

Skyline of Oakland had the long league streak, but the Titans finally dropped one in the Oakland Athletic League on Tuesday, 4-3, to Oakland High. Skyline had won its last 121 straight OAL games, a state-record total that began in 1995.

Robyn Stovall pitched for Oakland and struck out 10 to pick up the historic win. But the Wildcats needed some clutch hitting, too, and got it in the bottom of the sixth inning when Lin Lac broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single.

Skyline put the tying and go-ahead runs on base with no outs in the top of the seventh, but Stovall had a strike out, a runner was thrown out at home and the third out came on a slow roller to second.

"This is the best game I've ever won," Stovall told the Oakland Tribune. "I knew this game was the one (to break the streak). I never think about a game beforehand, but this one.....I was thinking about it the day before. I just knew we were going to win it. We worked too hard for this."

Another hard-worker is sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden from Vanden High of Travis AFB. She arrived as a freshman last season, but was of course in the shadow of Alicia Hollowell from nearby Fairfield High, who earlier this year became the national career record holder for strikeouts with more than 2,000. Vanden High is located within only a few miles of Fairfield.

Selden now has one of Hollowell's state records. After leading Vanden to a 9-0 win on Tuesday over River City of West Sacramento, Selden improved her current consecutive scoreless innings pitched streak to 129. Hollowell had the previous record with 126, set during her sophomore season in 2000.

Last week, Selden pitched a shutout with 17 strikeouts and smashed a home run in a seemingly routine performance in a 5-0 victory over Union Mine of El Dorado.

Selden wasn't the only pitcher in the state who headed into last week with a long scoreless streak, either. Corona Santiago's Taryn Mowatt, also a sophomore, had one that was approaching 100 innings, but her streak was snapped at 88 in a 2-0 loss to Norco. Daniella Urincho pitched a three-hitter for Norco, a remarkable feat since she's missed almost the entire season so far with a lung infection.

Note: Thanks to Steve Herendeen of the Oakland Tribune for calling the Skyline loss to our attention.

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