East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Grossmont, Steele-El Cap, Valhalla, Santana, West Hills



By Adam Paul
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LA MESA (4-5-16) — When it rains it pours, as was the case in La Mesa Monday (Apr. 4), as the Grossmont Foothillers beat the San Pasqual Eagles, 12-3.

The offense for the Foothillers got it going early when they pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning to lead 3-0.  All of their runs came with 2 outs as SAMARIA ROOPE doubled, LILI FLORES came in as a courtesy runner, ALEXIS COLLINS drove her in as she singled to left field, MEGAN MALWITZ (5-5, 3 RBI, 3 R) singled, TAYLOR BAEZ knocked in Flores with a single and KATIE APPENZELLER drove in Malwitz with a single of her own.

The offensive machine for the Foothillers went back to work in the bottom of the third as they again scored three runs all of which came with 1 out in the inning. Malwitz again singled to left field, CARLY PEARSON walked and Baez walked to load the bases. Up came Appenzeller who rifled a single that scored Malwitz, CHLOE CAMARERO blasted a double to deep center that scored both Pearson and Baez.  They would tack on another run in the bottom of the fourth as Collins drew a walk, ALICIA KOTCHER came in as a courtesy runner and would advance to second on a passed ball and advanced to third base on a single by Malwitz. Then more fun occurred as Kotcher was able to steal home successfully on the old first and third rundown play.

Grossmont scored four more runs in the fifth as Malwitz knocked in both DESTINY BACON and Camarero, she would score as well on a single by Appenzeller that also scored Flores.  The runs didn’t stop as the Foothillers rounded out their scoring with a run in the bottom of the sixth as Malwitz would drive in Camarero who had doubled to the left field fence.

It wasn’t just the offense that got it done but also the pitching as Roope tossed a complete game giving up 3 runs of which 1 was earned on 13 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4.


Steele Canyon 16, El Capitan 5 – Out in Lakeside Monday (Apr. 4), the Steele Canyon Cougars never looked back as they beat the El Capitan Vaqueros 16-5 in their Grossmont Valley/Hills crossover contest.

The Cougars roared to a 6-0 lead early behind consecutive singles by AUDREY BAGGE (3-6, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 2B) and EMMA DODSON (2-5, 3 R). The big blow came when JJ VENZOR (1-2, 4 RBI, R, HR) blasted a 3-run homer over the centerfield fence scoring both Bagge and Dodson. The other runs would come via a 2-run double by MAKAYLA MARTINEZ that scored both JASMINE ALVARADO who had come in to run for MAKAYLA MCCARTHY (2-5, R, 2B) who had doubled and SAMANTHA MILLER who singled and stole second.  HANNAH DUDLEY (RBI) knocked in Martinez via a groundout.

Both teams would hold each other scoreless until the top of the fourth when the Cougars extended their lead to 9-0 as GENTRY HOFFMAN (2-4, RBI, 2 R), Bagge and Dodson all scored.  El Capitan answered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 9-4.  GRACE BURKETT (2-4, 2 R, 2 2B) banged a one out double, BAILY OLAVESON (2-4, R) singled advancing Burkett to third, Olaveson stole second base, Burkett scored on a passed ball, AMANDA VASQUEZ walked and stole second, SHAYLA SCHOONARD (1-2, RBI, R) singled scoring Olaveson, MARIA LOTTA (2-2, 2B) doubled to left, MADISYN WIEHER (1-4, RBI) singled which scored Schoonard.

Another big blow by the Cougars courtesy of a 3-run homer by NIKKI DEPAOLA (1-1, 3 RBI, 2 R, HR) that scored Hoffman and Dodson extended their lead to 12-4. El Capitan answered with a run in the bottom of the inning via a sacrifice fly by Vasquez that scored Burkett to make it 12-5.  Steele Canyon tacked on a run in the top of the sixth via a double by Bagge that scored MACKENSIE PEARLSTEIN (2-5, RBI, 2 R) who had singled. More offense in the top of the seventh by the Cougars wrapped up their scoring as DePaola walked, McCarthy ripped a double to left that advanced DePaola to third, Pearlstein singled to left which scored DePaola, Alvarado singled to center scoring McCarthy, Hoffman smoked a lined double to left that scored Pearlstein.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com


Valhalla 14, Fallbrook 0 (5 innings) – The Valhalla Norsemen made the most of their visit way up in the North County as they racked up the 14-0 shortened victory over the Fallbrook Warriors in Jaguar Classic action, Monday (Apr. 4).

The runs came aplenty for Valhalla in both the top of the third and fourth innings as they scored 7 runs in each frame to put the contest away.  In the top of the third the scoring got started when BRANDI KOHEL (3-3, 2 R) singled, RACHEL SHELSTROM (1-2, 3 RBI, 2 R) walked advancing Kohel to second, KENNEDY LABSHERE (2-3, RBI, R) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, SAMMY GREEN ripped a double scoring both Kohel and Shelstrom, EMILY HOWARD (1-3, 2 R) successfully bunted to get on, and VICTORIA VILLEGAS (1-3, 3 RBI, 2 R) smoked a 3-run double, GIANNA PAAPE (2-3, RBI, 2 R) singled and would score, ANGELINA GUTHRO (RBI) would knock in a run on a sacrifice bunt.

In the top of the fourth inning, Green scored, Howard scored, ALEXIS INGRASSIA (1-3, RBI, R) scored and drove in a run. Villegas scored, Paape drove in a run and scored, Guthro knocked in a run, Kohel scored and Shellstrom drove in 3 runs and scored.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com


Hilltop 7, Santana 6 – Big defensive lapses led to a wild comeback finish and a 7-6 victory for the Hilltop Lancers over the host Santana Sultans in a non-league contest, Monday (Apr. 4).

The Lancers in the top of the first scored a couple of runs to lead 2-0 early on thanks to multiple hits. However that lead would be wiped out by the Sultans in the bottom of the inning as MADDY MENDEZ boomed a double to the fence and ERICA REID came in as a courtesy runner. She would move to third on the groundout by RACHEL WILSON, CASSIDY MATTHIE knocked in Reid with her single to cut the lead to 2-1. Santana would take the lead as JORDAN TEEGARDEN absolutely crushed the offering over the centerfield fence for the 2-run jack to erase the deficit and give the Sultans a 3-2 lead.  Hilltop would answer with the tying run in the top of the third inning.

So with the score knotted at 3-3, the Sultans in the bottom of the fourth inning looked to take the lead. Things didn’t look good as the first two batters were retired but with 2 outs, SHELBY HOLMQUIST laced a single to center, SYDNEY BENJAMIN singled, Mendez doubled which scored Holmquist, and SYDNEY VATES smashed a triple that scored both Benjamin and Mendez. When it was all said and done the Sultans now owned a 6-3 lead.

Both teams held each other in check for the next couple of innings until the seventh inning. In the top of the seventh, the Lancers down to their final three outs looked to get something going. However it didn’t look like that was going to occur as Mendez was able to retire the first two batters and put Santana one out away from victory.

This is when the madness began as JENZANNA SAMANIEGO doubled, ARIANA RODRIGUEZ doubled scoring Samaniego to make the score 6-4. The next batter NOELANI GERONILLA singled which advanced Rodriguez to third, still with two outs it looked like the game was over when ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ hit a routine grounder to Vates at short who fielded it and made the throw to Holmquist at first, however the throw was a little high and Holmquist missed the throw and the ball got away allowing Rodriguez to score. Now the score was 6-5.

The Lancers tied the score at 6-6 when ALICIA CORONA singled and they would go ahead 7-6 when JIZABEL CAMPA hit a routine grounder to ALEXIS BERRY at second who fielded it and made an errant throw to first and the ball got away which allowed Ramirez to score. The Sultans would finally C

There would be one last opportunity for the Sultans in the bottom of the seventh and they had the right people to do it as they had the top of the lineup coming to bat. Unfortunately there would be no comeback as they would be retired in order 1-2-3 to end the game.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com


Ramona 12, West Hills 2 – The Ramona Bulldogs exacted some revenge Monday (Apr. 4) as they hosted the West Hills Wolf Pack and never looked back in their 12-2 victory in non-league action.

The Bulldogs exacted some revenge as it was the Wolf Pack who had eliminated them from the CIF DIV. 1 playoffs last season and did so in grand fashion. The first three innings were all Ramona as they pushed across 7 runs to lead 7-0 as they hit multiple homeruns and pounded out 9 hits in the process.

West Hills wouldn’t get on the board until the top of the sixth inning as ALEX GUAY (2-3, R, 2B) led off with a double, PAIGE BOWLER (1-3, R) would single. Both would come around to score via errors by the Bulldogs to make the score 7-2. Unfortunately that would be all the Wolf Pack would muster in the inning. In the bottom of the inning the Bulldogs pounced with 5 more runs to extend their lead to 12-2 which would be all they would need.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com

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