East County Sports

Griffins work magic again in walk-off win

2016 GROSSMONT COLLEGE SOFTBALL

 

By Chris Davis
© East County Sports.com

 

EL CAJON (3-24-16) — There is a sense of a magical season going on at Grossmont College.  The Griffins have won five of the last six and are ranked 14th in the state of California, the highest the team has been in several years.

 

The run continued on Wednesday (Mar. 23) as they defeated Mt. San Jacinto (15-12, 5-5 PCAC) in walk-off fashion 3-2 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match-up in El Cajon.

 

This was the fourth walk-off win for the Griffins this season.

 

SIERRA SALAZAR (Helix) was a huge factor for the Griffins (20-8-1, 6-3 PCAC) as she got two of the seven hits the team had.  Salazar also had a pair of stolen bases and scored twice.  RACHEL EVERETT (8-2, Bonita Vista) completed the game allowing seven hits and two runs, both earned.

 

Salazar got the scoreboard warmed up as she hit a triple.  She was allowed to score on the same play when the second baseman made an error fielding the return throw from the outfield in the second inning.

 

MSJC took the lead in the top of the fourth scoring a pair of runs, that was brought to fruition via back-to-back doubles.

 

The Griffins went back to work in the bottom of the inning.  Salazar walked to reach base in back-to-back plate appearances.  She promptly stole second base, her 11th consecutive successful attempt, to get into scoring position.  DIAMOND MEJIA (West Ranch) singled and advanced to second by the second baseman.  The single scored Salazar to make it 2-2.

 

JESSICA RUBIO (Patrick Henry) reached first on an error.  AMANDA IZZO (Hemet) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rubio to second.  KATIE SCHMIDT (Valhalla) then doubled up the middle as Rubio scored the game winning run.

 

“The Griffins all season long have handled some pressure when the game was and has been on the line,” Griffin head coach Doug Hartung said.  “They have prevailed late in the game.  They have been especially tough at home.”

 

Indeed, the Griffins have been tough at home, going 13-4 at Grossmont.

 

The Green and Gold will take six days off before resuming PCAC play in Chula Vista.

 

Mt. San Jacinto vs Grossmont
@ Grossmont
3/23/2016 at 3:00 PM

 

Mt. San Jacinto 
2
Grossmont 
3
FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  R  H  E
Mt. San Jacinto (15-12, 5-5) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0  2  7  3
Grossmont (20-8-1, 6-3) 0 1 0 1 0 0 1  3  7  1

Mt. San Jacinto

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Ashley Brown  ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sam Munoz  2b 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
Jena Chilson  1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jordan Sage  p 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
Angie Lopez  3b 3 1 2 1 0 0 1
Alyssa Rayls  lf 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
Nicole Stressling  cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
Amanda Munoa  dp 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Amanda Escalera  c 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Sierra Falcon  c 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Stephenie Tarango  rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 27 2 7 2 0 4
BATTING
2B: Angie Lopez; Alyssa Rayls; Amanda Munoa
RBI: Angie Lopez; Alyssa Rayls
BASERUNNING
CS: Angie Lopez
FIELDING
E: Sam Munoz 2; Amanda Munoa

Grossmont

HITTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Amanda Izzo  3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
Katie Schmidt  lf 2 0 2 1 2 0 0
Rachel Everett  p 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
Sierra Salazar  ss 2 2 2 0 1 0 0
MacKenzie Reynolds  1b 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
Diamond-Nicole Mejia  c 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
Alexis Flores  dp 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arisa Rosado  2b 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
   Sophia Sahagun  2b 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
Jessica Rubio  cf 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mariah Fortune  rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 25 3 7 1 4 4 6
BATTING
2B: Katie Schmidt
3B: Sierra Salazar
RBI: Katie Schmidt
BASERUNNING
SB: Sierra Salazar 2
CS: Rachel Everett
FIELDING
E: Diamond-Nicole Mejia

Mt. San Jacinto

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Jordan Sage  (L, 5-6) 6.0 7 3 2 4 4 0
Totals 6.0 7 3 2 4 4 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Jordan Sage 29

Grossmont

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Rachel Everett  (W, 8-2) 7.0 7 2 2 0 0 0
Totals 7.0 7 2 2 0 0 0
PITCHING
Batters Faced: Rachel Everett 27
SCORING SUMMARY
MT. SAN JACINTO – TOP 4TH
A. Lopez doubled to left center, RBI; S. Munoz scored.
A. Rayls doubled to left field, RBI; A. Lopez scored.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 4TH
D. Mejia singled, advanced to second on an error by 2b; S. Salazar scored, unearned.
GROSSMONT – BOTTOM 7TH
K. Schmidt doubled up the middle, RBI; A. Izzo advanced to third; J. Rubio scored.

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