East County Sports

Vaqueros rally; Cougars clip Falcons

Photo by Matt Burkett

2017 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

By Adam Paul

EastCountySports.com

 

Las Vegas Spring Jamboree

San Fernando 5, El Capitan 1 – The Tigers take advantage of early opportunities and limit the Vaqueros on the day in the victory.

San Fernando scored first in the top of the first inning as the leadoff batter tripled and scored on a fielding error to make it 1-0.

The Vaqueros in both the bottom of the first and second innings got hits by MADISYN WIEHER (1-3) and ALLYSON VON YOKES (1-2) but nothing more.

A couple more runs in the top of the third for the Tigers led to a 3-0 lead.  El Capitan an opportunity in the bottom of the third with two outs ZANNDRA RAGOLE (1-2, 2B) doubled but would be stranded.

Another run for San Fernando in the top of the fourth pushed the lead to 4-0 as they accrued multiple hits. Again another opportunity for the Vaqueros in the bottom of the fourth. With one out GRACE BURKETT (1-3, RBI, 3B) reached on a fielding error and BAILEY OLAVESON (1-3) singled but both would be stranded as the next two batters were retired.

Trailing 5-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth the Vaqueros had to get something going. The first two batters were retired, ALEXA WILLIAMS (1-3) laced a single, HANNAH HARVEY (Run) into run and Burkett roped a line drive to center that went for a triple which scored Harvey to make it 5-1. However Olaveson would fly out to end the game.

 

El Capitan 16, Harbor Teacher 12 – The bats came alive for the Vaqueros in the third and they held on to claim the victory in the second game of the day.

The Vaqueros started things off in the top of the first inning with a lead walk by MDISYN WIEHER, she advanced to second on the sacrifice by ZANNDRA RAGOLE, a couple of batters later with 2 outs ALEXA WILLIAMS (2-2, 3R, 3 RBI) singled which scored Wieher to make it 1-0, she would come into score on the single by GRACE BURKETT (2-4, 2R, 4 RBI, 2B) to push the score to 2-0.

Unfortunately the early lead wouldn’t last as the Monarchs in the bottom of the first would string together multiple hits including a homerun to take an 8-2 lead. They would add to their lead in the bottom of the second to extend their lead to 11-2.

Now trailing by a semi-large deficit the Vaqueros knew they just had to cut into the lead and that they did. Leadoff batter OLIVIA MARTINEZ (2-3, 2R, 3 RBI, 2B) singled, SAVANNAH MINSHEW (RUN) walked to put runners at first and second, Williams drew a walk to load the bases, on a 2-1 count Burkett rifled a bases clearing double to make it 11-5, HANNAH DAVIS (2-3, 2R, RBI, 2B) roped a double that scored Burkett to make it 11-6, KAITLYN COLLIER (3-4, 3R, 2 RBI, 2B, 3B) followed with a triple that scored Davis to cut the lead 11-7, HANNAH HARVEY (1-3, RBI) singled to cut the lead even closer 11-8, ELENA LADDON (2-3, RBI) grounded into a fielders choice, Wieher singled which advanced Laddon to second, MARIA LOTTA (RUN) came into run for Laddon, Martinez came back up and this tine smashed a double that scored both Lotta and Wieher to make it a one run game 11-10, a couple of batters later the Vaqueros would retake the lead as Williams hit a high fly ball over the left field fence for the 2-run homerun to make it 12-11.

Harbor Teacher would tie the score in the bottom of the third inning at 12-12.

A one out double by KAITLYN COLLIER, a couple of batters later with 2 outs Laddon walked, Lotts into run, Wieher walked to load the bases, Martinez walked with the bases loaded to score Collier to make it 13-12.

Leading 13-12 heading into the top of the fifth inning, Burkett would ground into a fielders choice in which Williams who had singled would be out, Davis singled to left, Collier lined a single to center which scored Burkett to make it 14-12, a couple of batters later with 2 outs Laddon singled which scores Davis to make it 15-12, Lotta into run for Laddon. El Capitan rounded out its scoring when KIM GARCIA singled to left scoring Collier to make it 16-12.

The Vaqueros would only allow a single hit in the bottom of the fifth inning before getting the next batter to groundout to end the game.

 

Non-League

Steele Canyon 3, Scripps Ranch 2 – The Cougars took advantage of what opportunities they had and were able to withstand a late rally and claw the Falcons.

Steele Canyon in the top of the first inning with 2 outs looked like they would go down in order but MAKAYLA STROMENGER (2R) had other ideas as she hit a grounder to third but the fielder made an error which allowed her to reach safely, MAKAYLA MCCARTHY (2-2, 2 RBI) came up and hit a ball to left that went for a single and also scored Stromenger to give the Cougars an early 1-0 lead.

The small lead would hold up for the Cougars until they were able to scrape across a couple of runs to extend the lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning. GENTRY HOFFMAN (2-4, R) hit a line drive for a single to right, Stromenger grounded into a fielders choice, McCarthy followed with a single that scored Hoffman and BIANCA MORALES (1-3, RBI) singled to center scoring Stromenger.

Scripps Ranch finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth to cut into the Cougar lead thanks to a couple of hits and an error to make it 3-1.

Steele Canyon had another opportunity to put up some insurance in the top of the seventh as AUDREY BAGGE led off with a walk, she would advance to second on a passed ball and to third on a ground ball out by Stromenger, McCarthy walked, Bagge would attempt to steal home and would be caught stealing after multiple throw backs by the Falcons and finally back to home where Bagge was tagged out.

Still leading by a couple of runs at 3-1 the Cougars looked to end things. A leadoff single, and two outs to follow. McCarthy looked to end the game on the next batter but a single happened and the runner at first advanced to third, the Falcons would attempt a double steal and it succeeded as the runner at third was able to score to make it 3-2. So with the tying run on second base the hitter at the plate walked but McCarthy would get the next batter to fly out for the final out and to end the game.

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