East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Pack, Norse, Cougars, Hillers get crossover wins

Valhalla at the plate against El Capitan on Wednesday.

2016 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

 

By Adam Paul
© East County Sports.com

 

SANTEE (4-7-16) — In a Hills/Valley crossover contest between the two teams possibly favored to win their respective sides, the West Hills Wolf Pack hosted the Helix Highlanders and were able to withstand a late rally to win 7-4 on Wednesday (Apr. 6).

The Highlanders had the first crack and West Hills sent out their ace RYLEIGH DOBYNS (1-3, RBI, 2B). Dobyns in the top of the first gave up one hit, a single by FAITH KING, before getting out of the inning on a strikeout of GABRIELLA OLIVARRIA.  For the Highlanders in the circle it was SHAREENA LACHANCE and she too only gave up one hit, a single by SIERRA SCHLICTING (2-4, R) before getting out of the inning with a couple of fly balls.

Helix in the top of the second inning didn’t have much luck as again other than JASMINE VELIZ getting hit by a pitch no other got on base in the inning.  It looked like it was going to another scoreless inning for the Wolf Pack in the bottom of the inning as the first two batters were retired. However with two down, things swung in favor of West Hills as ALEXIS HERRERA (3-3, RBI, R) laced a single, SAVANNAH HENDERSON (1-2) singled advancing Herrera to second, SYDNEY CRAVEN (1-2, RBI) with runners on and a 0-1 count ripped the next offering for a single that scored Herrera to give the Wolf Pack the 1-0 lead. Helix would retire the next batter for the third out of the inning.

Still pitching a no-hitter into the top of the third inning, Dobyns again other than allowing a baserunner via hit by pitch, shut down the Highlander offense to preserve the no-hitter.  The offense for the Wolf Pack up to this point had been pretty much shut down, however in the bottom of the third put four runs to extend their lead to 5-0 as Schlicting started off with a single, MOANA PISIA (1-3, 2 R) singled advancing Schlicting to third and Pisia would advance to second on an error. The next batter ALEX GUAY (1-2, 3 RBI, R, HR) would hit a fly ball to center that scored Schlicting, Dobyns banged a double that scored Pisia, CAELI GIBBS (run) came in as a courtesy runner, KENDALL MARINESI (1-2, R) laced a single scoring Gibbs, Marinesi proceeded to steal second base and Herrera singled knocking in Marinesi. The Highlanders got out of the inning as the next batter grounded out to third for the final out of the inning.

The Highlanders would get their first hit of the game in the top of the fourth when VICTORIA CYMAN smashed a one out double. However that would be all they would get as Dobyns would retire the next couple of batters.  Helix would retire the Wolf Pack in order in the bottom of the inning.  Things would get really interesting in the top of the fifth when the Highlanders would put together an offensive run as they pushed across four runs to pull within 5-4.  Things got started for Helix as BELLA MENA led off with a walk, BRIANNA REED singled, FAITH KING advanced the runners with a grounder, MCKENZIE FLORES singled scoring Mena to make it 5-1, DESTINI BULLOCK singled scoring Reed making it 5-2, Olivarria singled scoring Flores and Cyman knocked in Bullock with a single. Dobyns despite giving up the four runs didn’t panic as she was able to get out of the inning to squash the threat.

So now that their lead was cut to only a run, the Wolf Pack looked to add some insurance runs and match the Highlanders in their half of the fifth inning. They got off to a good start as Pisia led off with a grounder to short which ended up being a throwing error. So with a runner on up stepped Guay who on the first offering clubbed a high fly ball to leftfield which didn’t look like it would go out at first but ended up soaring over the wall for the 2-run jack to give the Wolf Pack the 7-4 lead. “I tried to stay on top of the pitch and it was an inside pitch and I saw what I liked,” said Guay when asked about her homerun and the pitch.

However the Highlanders again made things interesting in the top of the seventh when they loaded the bases with one out, Olivarria would get on via hit by pitch, Cyman singled and KENDI SWINTON singled.  Dobyns the always crafty pitcher was able to get Mena to ground out for the second out, so with two outs the Highlanders were down to their final out as Reed stepped to the plate, the count would get to 1-2, Dobyns would on the very next pitch get Reed to strike out looking to end the game.

Taking the loss was LaChance who went the whole 6 innings, giving up 7 runs of which 5 were earned on 11 hits while for West Hills it was Dobyns who garnered the victory going 7 innings, giving up 4 runs of which all were earned on 9 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4.

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Valhalla 13, El Capitan 4 — The Valhalla Norsemen hosted the El Capitan Vaqueros in a Hills/Valley crossover and were able to get the 13-4 decision, Wednesday (Apr. 6).

The Vaqueros got on the board first with a run in the top of the first as ZANDRA RAGALE (1-2, 2 R, 2B) boomed a double and came in the single by ALLYSON VON YOKES (1-3, RBI) to lead 1-0 early on. However the lead didn’t last long as Valhalla answered back as SAMMY GREEN (2-2, RBI, 2 R) singled, she would come around to score when RACHEL SHELSTROM (2-4, RBI, 2B) ripped a double to tie it at 1-1.

In the bottom of the second after holding the Vaqueros, the Norsemen would take advantage of the opportunities given to them and put up a four spot to take a 5-1 lead. ALEXIS INGRASSIA (2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R) would lead off and reach on an error, JADE HILL (1-2, RBI) came in as a courtesy runner, GIANNA PAAPE (3-3, 3 RBI, R) singled, ANGELINA GUTHRO hit into a fielder’s choice, BRANDI KOHEL hit a sacrifice fly, Green would be hit by a pitch, KENNEDY LABSHERE would reach on an error and Shelstrom would single. Ingrassia, Paape, Guthro, and Green all scored in the inning.

Valhalla would push across a couple more runs in the bottom of the third to make it 7-1 as EMILY HOWARD laced a double, Paape would knock in Howard with a single, Guthro would single, Kohel grounded into a fielder’s choice and Green knocked in Guthro. They tacked on a couple more in their half of the fourth when Ingrassia drove in a run, and Paape drove in 2 runs with a single to extend their lead to 10-1.  The Vaqueros in the top of the fifth were able to add to their run total when they scored three runs to make the score 10-4 as Ragale drew the leadoff walk, BAILY OLAVESON doubled scoring Ragale, AMANDA VASQUEZ (3-4, RBI, R) laced a single that would allow Olaveson to come into score, HANNAH HARVEY singled and SAVANNAH MINSHEW singled to score Vasquez.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com
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STEELE CANYON 11, MOUNT MIGUEL 1 (4 innings) — The Steele Canyon Cougars traveled to Spring Valley to take on the Mount Miguel Matadors in Grossmont Hills/Valley crossover action and routed the Matadors 11-1 despite only collecting four hits on the day.

The Cougars took an early 2-0 lead as ASHLEY TAVIZON drew a leadoff walk, GENTRY HOFFMAN (1-1, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB) singled, MAKAYLA STROMENGER was hit by a pitch, JJ VENZOR hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Tavizon and EMMA DODSON (1-2, 2 RBI, R) got hit by a pitch for the RBI.

Mount Miguel in the bottom of the first would cut into the lead as they pushed across a run to make it 2-1 as CHEYENNE ROLLES doubled and she would score a couple of batters later.

Steele Canyon tacked on another run in the top of the second inning starting with Tavizon drawing the leadoff walk, she would steal second base, Hoffman would walk, SAMANTHA MILLER, (2-4, 2 RBI, R, SB) drove in Tavizon as she singled to make it 3-1. The Cougars would really put things away in the top of the fourth as they extended their lead to 11-1, scoring eight runs.

HANNAH DUDLEY led off with a walk and stole second base and moved to third on a passed ball, JASMINE ALVARADO who came in for Tavizon drew the walk, stole second and both she and Dudley would score thanks to Hoffman. Also scoring for the Cougars in the inning were Venzor, Dodson who also had an RBI, NIKKI DEPAOLA and MARIANNA MARTINEZ. AUDREY BAGGE also had a stolen base for the Cougars.

Pitching for the Cougars, DePaola would get the victory as she went 5 innings, giving up the 1 run on 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 7 on the day.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com
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Grossmont 16, Monte Vista 3 — In Grossmont Hills/Valley crossover action the Grossmont Foothillers pounded out 22 hits in their 16-3 rout of the Monte Vista Monarchs in Spring Valley, Wednesday (Apr. 6).

The Monarchs took an early 2-0 lead after the first inning but in the top of the second inning the Foothillers retook the lead as they scored three times to take a 3-2 lead. Things would get interesting in the bottom of the second as the Monarchs tied the score 3-3.

However the Foothillers would retake the lead for good in the top of the third inning as they pushed across five runs to lead 8-3. They would score four runs over the next couple of innings and finish things off in the top of the seventh as they scored four runs to cap their scoring.

Leading the way for the Foothillers offensively was CHLOE CAMAERERO who went 3-5 and drove in 2 runs and swiped 2 bases, MEGAN MALWITZ who also went 3-5, ALEXIS COLLINS went 3-4 and ripped a triple, TAYLOR BAEZ went 3-5, KATIE APPENZELLER knocked in 3 runs as she went 4-5, and newcomer JESSICA WILSON went a perfect 4-4, smoked a triple and knocked in a run. For the Monarchs, CIERRA ROSS and GENNA HENDERSON each had an RBI. Henderson also went 1-3 and scored a run, IONNA UPHAM went 1-3 and scored a run, and JAYDE GOLDHAGEN went 1-2 and scored a run.

The Foothillers sent CASSIDY DAVILA out to the circle, she went the full 7 innings in getting the victory, she fanned 4 on the day.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com

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