East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Eagles, Hillers, El Cap, Henry, Sultans, Helix win

2016 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

 

By Adam Paul
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (5-5-16) — In a clash of the top two teams, it was the host Granite Hills Eagles behind their ace HALLE KYLER (3-3, RBI, 2 R, 2B, HR) who helped her own cause in the 2-0 victory over Steele Canyon to pull even in the race for the Grossmont Hills League crown.

The Eagles after shutting down the Cougars in the top of the inning were able to fire the first shot in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Kyler took the offering from Cougar ace MAKAYLA MCCARTHY and hit a rocket of a line drive over the left field fence for the solo jack to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the second the Cougars put a runner on as KYLIE MINSHEW drew a walk, JJ VENZOR would strikeout, SAMANTHA MILLER reached on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop who threw out Minshew at second for the second out and HANNAH DUDLEY popped out to second for the final out.

McCarthy for the Cougars matched Kyler as she was able to retire the Eagles’ lineup in order in the bottom of the second inning.  The Cougars again were able to get a runner on as GENTRY HOFFMAN walked but nothing came of it as the Eagles got out of the inning. Granite Hills in the bottom of the third would threaten as Kyler doubled but she would be stranded.

Both teams aces matched each other out for out in the fourth inning as each had a punch out in their respective halves as well.  Kyler dominated the top of the fifth inning as she retired the side all via strikeout. McCarthy matched that as she retired the Eagles in order in the bottom of the inning.

Both teams pretty much matched each other inning for inning as Kyler was tossing a no-hitter and McCarthy was tossing 3 hitter as Kyler had 2 hits and JESSIE LAPIERRE (1-3) had the other – a single back in the first inning. The late innings was when the Cougars had made their moves the previous games but the Eagles had other ideas as in the bottom of the sixth they were able to extend their lead.

For the Eagles, Kyler led off with a single, advanced to second on the sacrifice by CASSIDY SHEW, and would advance to third on the single by KAREN CREECH (1-3). Kyler would actually score on the throw to make it 2-0.  Despite leading by a couple of runs the Eagles were not safe as the Cougars had come back to win the previous league games in the late innings.

Leading off for the Cougars in the top of the seventh, Minshew was able to reach on an error as she hit the ball to the shortstop, Venzor also reached on an error to put runners at first and second and no outs. On the very next play the Eagles got a break as Kyler was able to get Miller to lineout back to her as she stuck her glove and caught the ball, the runners were running and Kyler threw the ball to first to double up Venzor for the double play.  It was up to HANNAH DUDLEY to extend things but Kyler was able to get her to pop up to the shortstop to end the game and preserve the no-hitter.

For the Cougars, McCarthy in the loss only gave up 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 3. Kyler in the victory struck out 8 while giving up 0 runs on 0 hits and walked 2.

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GROSSMONT 7, WEST HILLS 3 – One big inning was all it took as the visiting Grossmont Foothillers used it to jump on top of the West Hills Wolf Pack in Grossmont Hills League action, Wednesday (May 4).

Both teams held each other at bay for the first couple of innings but in the top of the third the Foothillers took advantage of their opportunities and pushed across 5 runs. With one out, JESSICA WILSON (2-3, 2 R, 2B) ripped the RYLEIGH DOBYNS offering for a double, CHLOE CAMARERO (2-4, SB) struck out for the second out, DESTINY BACON (1-4, R) singled, TAYLOR BAEZ (run) walked to load the bases, SAMARIA ROOPE (2-3, 2B) was hit by a pitch that scored Wilson, ALEXIS COLLINS reached on an error that also scored Bacon, CARLY PEARSON was hit by a pitch that scored Baez, KATIE APPENZELLER reached on an error, ALICIA KOTCHER who had come into run for Collins scored.

West Hills wouldn’t threaten until the bottom of the fifth when ALEX GUAY led off with a single, PAIGE BOWLER (1-3, 2 RBI, R, HR) grounded out to the short stop, KENDALL MARINESI (2-3, R, SB) singled and stole second base. However the threat was ended when the next batter flew out.

Grossmont would tack on a couple more runs in the top of the sixth when Appenzeller singled, she would advance to second on a sacrifice, Wilson would double in Appenzeller and she would come into score on a wild pitch to make it 7-0.

The Wolf Pack wouldn’t go down quietly as they finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning. Leading off, SIERRA SCHLICHTING (1-3, R, 2B) boomed a double, a couple of batters later Bowler would jack a 2-run bomb to make it 7-2. Marinessi followed with a single, CARLY BURSCH reached on an error and Dobyns would knock in Marinessi to make it 7-3. That would be all the Wolf Pack would garner as Roope was able to get ALEXIS HERRERA (2-4, 2B) to fly out to center to end the game.

Garnering the victory for the Foothillers, Roope tossed the complete game giving up 3 runs on 8 hits.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com

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EL CAPITAN 16, EL CAJON VALLEY 4 – Major scoring output the first three innings for the El Capitan Vaqueros puts things away for them in their Grossmont Valley victory over the visiting El Cajon Valley Braves, Wednesday (May 4).

El Capitan led on a double by MADISYN WIEHER (4-4, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2B) that drove in 2 runs in the first inning got it going early  to lead 2-0.

The Braves would knot the game at 2-2 in the top of the second inning. However, the Vaqueros put things away as AMANDA VASQUEZ (1-2, 3 RBI, R, 2B) drove in a couple of runs on a double, KIM GARCIA (1-2, RBI, 2 R) drove in a run as well as she singled. GRACE BURKETT (1-2, RBI, R) reached on an error and stole second, she would come into score. The Vaqueros scored 6 runs in the bottom of the second to break the tie and lead 8-2.

The bottom of the third was more of the same for the Vaqueros as they scored 7 runs. ZANDRA RAGALE (3 R) would walk and come around to score, Vasquez would do the same, Garcia knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly, NICOLE VACARRO (2 R) walked and would come around to score, SAVANNAH MINSHEW (1-1, 2 R, 2B) doubled and would come into score.  The Braves would push across a couple of runs in the top of the fifth.

Garcia would toss the victory for the Vaqueros as she went 3 innings, giving up 0 hits and 2 runs while striking out 2.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com

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PATRICK HENRY 5, CHRISTIAN 3 – In Eastern league action, the Patrick Henry Patriots were able to stave off the Christian Patriots and keep themselves in the hunt as their showdown looms with Scripps Ranch.

Christian had upset on their minds as they had nothing to lose and everything to gain and it showed in the top of the first inning as they were able to take an early 2-0 lead.  Leading off SILENT RAIN ESPINOZA (2-3, R, SB) was able to draw the walk, ANNA SHERBURNE (1-4, R) singled, SHANNON MCMAHON walked, ELLE LINBLAD (1-3, 2 RBI) singled in Espinoza and AMARA HARRIS (1-2, R, SB) was hit by a pitch that scored Sherburne.

However the lead didn’t last as Patrick Henry on a fielder’s choice by ANYA VANDERSIP (2-3, RBI, 2 R) and a 2-run blast by CRISTIONA CACCAMISE (1-3, 2 RBI, R, HR) tied the game up at 2-2. Neither team could get any offense going so the score went tied into the bottom of the fifth inning.

Patrick Henry in the bottom of the fifth finally broke through. Leading things off HANNAH MCEWEN (1-2, R, 3B) who ripped a triple, Vandersip singled, advanced to second on a passed ball, and would score when DANI ROMERO (1-3, RBI, R) singled, she would come around to score when ANDREA WRIGHT (2-3, RBI) roped a single. When it was all said and done, the Patriots now owned a 5-2 lead.

Christian wouldn’t go away as they would push across another run in the top of the sixth inning as Harris singled and would come around to score to make it 5-3. However that would be all they would get.

LAILA SPRACKLEN would toss the victory, all 7 innings, 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 6.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com

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SANTANA 13, VALHALLA 3 – An offensive surge by the Santana Sultans catapulted them to the convincing victory over the visiting Valhalla Norsemen in Grossmont Hills action, Wednesday (May 4).

Valhalla would get a double by KENNEDY LABSHERE (2-3, RBI, 2 2B) in the top of the first inning but that would be all they would get as the threat was squashed. Santana in the bottom of the first fired first as MADDY MENDEZ (2-3, RBI,R, HR, 2B) led off with a double, JORDAN TEEGARDIN (run) came into run, MACKENZIE BENNETT (2-3, 2 RBI, R, HR) singled, BRITTANY MUNDAY (3 R) came into run, SYDNEY VATES (2-3, 3 R) walked to load the bases.

This would bring up CASSIDY MATTHIE (3-3, 6 RBI, R, HR, 2B) who would take the 2-1 offering from LILY METSCH and just absolutely crush it over the center field fence for the grand slam which was her first ever at Santana to give the Sultans a 4-0 lead. Valhalla would answer in the top of the second with a run of their own as VICTORIA VILLEGAS (2-2, 2 RBI, R, HR) crushed the offering by Mendez over the fence for the solo shot to make it 4-1.

However the Sultans just shrugged off the run by Valhalla and fired more shots as SYDNEY BENJAMIN singled to left field, a couple of batters later Bennett would absolutely crush the offering deep and over the fence and in fact so deep it went into the basketball courts where it hit a car and smashed a windshield for the 2-run bomb to give the Sultans a 6-2 lead.  Valhalla cut the lead in the top of the fourth when Labshere doubled and would score on the Villegas single to cut the lead to 6-3.

Santana wasn’t done offensively and in the bottom of the fourth they pushed across more. Leading things off, Mendez jacked a solo shot, Bennett reached on an error, Munday came into run, Vates doubled to left field. Next up was the birthday girl who was celebrating her special day and that was RACHEL WILSON (2-4, 4 RBI, R) who lined a single to center that scored Vates, Matthie knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly to make it 10-2. Valhalla added a run in the top of the fifth as JADE HILL (1-2, R) singled, BRANDI KOHEL (1-3) singled, RACHEL SHELSTROM (1-3) singled, Labshere hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Hill to put the score at 10-3.

The Sultans added more in the bottom of the inning and put the game away as SOPHIA MARTORANA singled, Bennett walked, Munday came into run, Vates laced a single to left, Wilson roped a single to left that scored both Martorana and Munday and Matthie ripped a double that scored Vates to round out the scoring.

Sultan pitcher Mendez in the victory tossed 4 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits while striking out 7 on the day.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com

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HELIX 18, MOUNT MIGUEL 0 – The game was over early on as the host Helix Highlanders scored all their runs early on against the Mount Miguel Matadors in Grossmont Valley action, Wednesday (May 4).

For the Highlanders, GABRIELA OLIVARRIA would crank a homerun and drive in 3 runs while scoring 3 runs, VICTORIA CYMAN banged out 2 doubles, scored twice and drove in a couple of runs, FAITH KING went a perfect 4-4 as she drove in 3 runs, stole a base and scored 4 times and doubled.

SHAREENA LACHANCE tossed the victory as she only gave up 3 hits and struck out 3 in the shutout.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com

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SCRIPPS RANCH 13, SERRA 2 – The host Conquistadors were no match for the visiting Falcons despite the multi-hit day by AMBER WOZNIAK in Eastern League action, Wednesday (May 4).

Serra received excellent pitching from DARBY TIBBETTS who only allowed 4 hits and no earned runs in her short work. However the Falcons managed to put things away early on as they pushed across 4 runs in the top of the first inning.

Serra would finally get on the board in the bottom of the fourth as they were down 9-0. AMBER WOZNIAK roped a triple to left and scored on the single by TAYLOR CURLEY, who advanced to second on a groundout, BRIANNA CORONADO came in to run, MEGAN POOLE reached on an error, Coronado would come in to score to make it 9-2.

By Adam Paul, © EastCountySports.com

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