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updated: 5/26/2012 8:04 PM

Maine West rolls to regional title

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One season. One regional crown.

Those are the numbers for Maine West rookie softball coach Amy Gonzales who watched her first Warriors team post a 13-3 victory in six innings over No. 6 Niles North in the championship game of the Niles North regional championship.

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It is the third regional title in school history for Maine West, which won its first under former coach Mike Murin in 2003 and 2008.

The No. 2-seeded Warriors (24-10) advance to Thursday's 4:30 p.m. semifinal of the Niles West sectional and will meet No. 2 Glenbrook North.

Maine West junior ace Ariel Valles threw a 4-hitter on Saturday to improve to 19-7.

She also had a base hit and scored a run as the Warriors defeated Niles North for the third time this season.

Other offensive leaders for West were Angela Cruz (4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Brie Montmarquette (2-for-3, double, 2 runs) and Hanna Udischas (2-for-3, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI).

Pinch hitter Caroline Baird contributed a hit, 1 run an RBI.

"It was another great pitching performance for Ariel," Gonzales said. "The defense and offense really stepped up, especially Angela Cruz who had a great day at the plate."

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