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Eagles claw Wolf Pack; Sultans quiet Cougars

2017 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

By Adam Paul

EastCountySports.com

GROSSMONT HILLS LEAGUE

Granite Hills 9, West Hills 0: The Eagles pushed across runs early and used a pitching gem to garner the Grossmont Hills League victory.

West Hills was able to get a couple of runners on in the top of the first thanks to leadoff hitter SIERRA SCHLICHTING (1-3) reaching on an error and with two outs RYLEIGH DOBYNS walked to put runners at first and second but Eagles pitcher STACI CHAMBERS retired ALEX GUAY via groundout to end the inning.

Granite who came into the contest ranked No. 8 in San Diego and No. 10 in So Cal looked to continue their dominance.

Leadoff hitter KAREN CREECH (2-4, 2R) laced a single, HALLE KYLER (0-3, 2R) hit a groundball to third base where BROOKE SNYDER misplayed it which allowed both Kyler and Creech to be safe, KAYLA MACK (3-3, 2R, 2 RBI, 2B) drew a walk to load the bases, HALEY JOHNSON (1-4, 2 RBI) roped a single which scored both Creech and Kyler who scored on the throw in, MORGAN KELLY (RUN) into run for Johnson. The next batter BAILEY WALLACE (1-3, RBI) knocked in Mack on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 and STACI CHAMBERS (2-3, RBI) hit a rocket shot that nailed CARLEY BURSCH which allowed Kelly came into score to make it 4-0.

Chambers in the circle was at her best as she struck out two batters in the top of the second inning. Bursch for West Hills matched by retiring the side in the bottom of the second inning.

The lone hit on the day for the Pack came in the top of the sixth when with two outs Schlichting hit a ball to right field that went for a single.

Into pitch for West Hills in the bottom of the sixth was Dobyns, she walked Chambers to start the inning, RYLEE OMAHEN (RUN) came into run for Chambers, she advanced to second on a passed ball, BRIELLE TYSELING (1-3, R, RBI) roped a single to left that scored Omahen to make it 5-0, a couple batters later Creech hit a ball that got through the infield to left and Tyseling was able to advance to third, Kyler walked to load the bases, Mack came up and smashed a single to center that scored both Tyseling and Creech to make it 7-0. A couple batters later with 2 outs Wallace hit a hard ball to short in which Schlichting fielded it and threw it to first but it was misplayed which allowed both Kyler and Mack to score to round out the scoring 9-0.

Chambers in the top of the seventh was able to strike out Dobyns for the first out, Guay than grounded out for the second out and ASHLIEGH HARTWIG grounded out for the final out of the game.

Taking the loss for West Hills, Bursch went 4 innings, giving up four runs on five hits, walked one and struck out five. Dobyns pitched 2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and walked two.

For the Eagles, Chambers went 7 innings, giving up one hit, walked one and fanned seven to pick up her sixth victory of the season.

 

Santana 4, Steele Canyon 0: Another pitching gem along with some key offense allows the Sultans to stay alive in the Grossmont Hills League race.

The Cougars ranked No. 10 in San Diego and No. 12 in So Cal had an opportunity to score in the top of the second inning as MAKAYLA STROMENGER (1-2) led off with a walk, MARIANA MARTINEZ hit a ball to third which was misplayed by RACHEL WILSON which allowed both Stromenger and Martinez to reach, AUDREY BAGGE laid down a sacrifice but all runners would be safe. So with the bases loaded and no outs up came EMMA DODSON looking to strike a blow, but MADISON MENDEZ (1-3, R, RBI, HR) was able to strike her out looking for the first out, MACKENSIE PEARLSTEIN hit the ball to SYDNEY BENJAMIN who threw it home to get Stromenger out at home for the second out, SAMANTHA MILLER the next batter would strike out for the final out of the inning.

Moving to the bottom of the third with the game still scoreless, LAKAILA AQUININQOC (3-3, R) led off for the Sultans by walking, a couple of batters with one out ERICA REID hit the MAKAYLA MCCARTHY (1-3) offering to first where it was misplayed which allowed Aquininqoc to score to give Santana a 1-0 lead and allowed Reid to advance to second. The next batter Mendez flied out for the second out, MACKENZIE BENNETT walked, ASHLEY MADRIGAL (RUN) into run for Bennett, CASSIDY MATTHIE (1-2, 2 RBI, 2B) on a 1-2 count took the McCarthy pitch and cranked a ball to center field that went for a double that scored both Reid and Madrigal to push the lead to 3-0.

Steele Canyon had another opportunity in the top of the fourth as Stromenger led off by singling, a couple batters later Bagge is hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with only one out, Dodson advanced both runners with a grounder to first in which SHELBY HOLDQUIST fielded and stepped on first for the second out. Sultan pitcher Mendez was able to get out of the inning as Pearlstein lined out for the third out.

More runners for the Cougars in the top of the fifth as JJ VENZOR walked with one out and with two outs McCarthy singled but Mendez was able to get Stromenger to fly out for the final out.

Santana added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Mendez helped her own cause as she smoked the McCarthy offering over the centerfield fence for the solo bomb to make it 4-0.

Despite trailing the Cougars had a knack for the comeback and the Sultans knew this as they felt that wrath last season. However Mendez was up to the task as she retired them in order 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth inning.

Still trailing the Cougars felt they still had a chance but Mendez got Pearlstein to groundout for the first out, she than struck out BIANCA MORALES looking for the second out and got Venzor to pop upcCarthy for the Cougars took the loss  in which Bennett got under it and squeezed for the final out of the game.

McCarthy took the loss for the Cougars tossing 6 innings, giving up four runs on five hits, walking one and fanning nine on the day.

Mendez for the Sultans went 7 innings for the complete game two hit shutout, she walked two and fanned three on the day.

 

Grossmont 6, Valhalla 3: Late runs by the Foothillers allow them garner the Grossmont Hills League victory.

Grossmont struck the first blow as they pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning to lead 3-0. CHLOE CAMARERO singled to left center, KATIE APPENZELLER bunted advancing Camarero, MOANA PISIA (2-4, 2 2B, RBI) doubled to left center scoring Camarero to make it 1-0, ALY ALLMAN (2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI) roped another double to left center which scored Pisa making it 2-0 and ALEXIS COLLINS laced a double to left center scoring Allman to make it 3-0.

Valhalla would cut into the lead in the top of the second inning when ALEXIS INGRASSIA singled to lead off, KELLY OLSON sacrificed Ingrassia to second, DELANEY STETTLER singled and SARAH BOTTE laced a single to left field which scored Ingrassia to make it 3-1.

Back-to-back doubles to left center by Pisia and Allman which scored Pisia gave Grossmont a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third.

However the three run lead wouldn’t last as Valhalla was able to push across more runs in the top of the fourth to cut it to a one run game. Leading off, Ingrassia ripped a double to center field, Stettler singled which allowed Ingrassia to move to third. A throwing error allowed Ingrassia to score making it 4-2 and SAMMY GREEN smoked a double to center that scored Stettler to make it a one run game at 4-3.

Grossmont didn’t panic and went back to business in the bottom of the fourth as JESSICA WILSON (2-3, 2B) smashed a double to left center, CANDACE HENDERSON sacrificed advancing Wilson to third and Camarero lifted a shot to left where it was caught but Wilson tagged up and came into score making it 5-3.

Grossmont would add another run in the bottom of the sixth inning as DESTINY BACON (2-3), Wilson and Henderson all singled to load the bases, a couple of batters later JORDAN BROWN came into pinch hit and she was able to lace a single which scored Wilson to make it 6-3.

For Valhalla, RACHEL SHELSTROM doubled, Stettler and Ingrassia both went 2-3 and Green and Bott both went 1-3 with RBIs.

Grabbing the victory for the Hillers was CASIDY DAVILA who went 4 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 1 and struck out 4. SAMARIA ROOPE went 3 innings for the save in which she gave up one hit and struck out five.

Another note in the contest is that the Hillers hit 7 doubles in the contest which puts them into the CIF Record books tied for fifth All-Time.

 

GROSSMONT VALLEY LEAGUE

El Capitan 11, Helix 7: A big day at the plate for Alexa Williams of the Vaqueros and a squashing of a late Highlander rally allows El Capitan to take the lead in the Grossmont Valley League race.

The Vaqueros took advantage in the bottom of the second inning with one out as ZANNDRA RAGOLE (2-4, 2R) singled to left, AMANDA VASQUEZ (2-3, 2R, RBI, 2B) followed by raking a double that went to left field which scored Ragole to make it 1-0. Up stepped ALEXA WILLIAMS (2-4, 2R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) who took Helix starter SHAREENA LACHANCEs offering and hammered it over the left field wall for a 2-run blast to extend their lead 3-0.

Helix trailing in the top of the third got a break with two outs as EMILY COALE (1-4, 2R) hit the ball to short but it was misplayed allowing her to reach, MCKENZIE FLORES (1-3, R) singled to put runners at first and second, GABBY OLVARRIA (1-3, R, RBI) walked to load the bases and FRANKIE MARTINEZ (1-4, RBI) singled to left field which scored Coale to make it 3-1 but Flores was thrown out at home by ALLYSON VON YOKES (1-2, R, 2B).

El Capitan in the bottom of the third put more runs on the board thanks to a walk by Vasquez followed by another 2-run homerun by Williams to extend the lead 5-1 and give her two homers on the day. The Vaqueros almost put more on the board as with two outs BAILEY OLAVESON (2-4, 2 2B) ripped a double and HANNAH DAVIS (2-4, R) singled but MARIA LOTTA (1-3, R) would hit a ground ball In which Olaveson was thrown out at home.

Leading by four runs in the bottom of the fourth the Vaqueros looked for more as Von Yokes led off with a double, a couple batters later Ragole singled allowing Von Yokes to advance to third, on an 0-1 count Von Yokes took for home and was safe which put the score 6-1 in favor of the Vaqueros, Vasquez proceeded to single on a hard hit ball to short and Ragole who had been running was able to advance to third, Williams who had already hit a couple of homeruns looked for more but she grounded into a fielders choice where Vasquez was thrown out trying to advance, HANNAH HARVEY (RUN) into run for Williams, Harvey proceeded to steal second base, with runners at second and third and two outs up came GRACE BURKETT (1-3, R, 3 RBI, HR) looking to do some damage and that she did as she took the offering and cranked a line drive that went over the center field fence for the 3-run dinger to give El Capitan a 9-1 lead.

Helix added a run in the top of the fifth inning thanks to a lead walk by Perez, Flores with one out hit a ball to left where it was misplayed by Von Yokes which allowed Perez to come all the way around to score to make it 9-2.

However the Vaqueros added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth when Davis and Lotta hit back-to-back singles and MADISYN WIEHER (1-4, 2 RBI, 3B) smashed a ball that went for a triple that scored both Davis and Lotta to make it 11-2.

The game looked over for the Highlanders as they trailed by 9 runs heading into the top of the seventh inning. However the Highlanders strung together some hope as Perez led off with a single, Coale hit a ball that was misplayed by Williams allowing both Perez and Coale to reach safely, Flores walked to load the bases with no outs, Olivarria followed with a single which scored Perez making it 11-3, a couple of batters later E. BROWN (2-4, R, 2 RBI) singled in a couple of runs making it 11-5, KASEY CASTRO (3-4, 2 RBI) cut more into the lead as she laced a single that scored both Olivarria and Brown to cut the lead to 11-7, ANGEL ALCOSER into run for Castro, LaChance followed with a single. However that would be all the Highlanders would garner as Williams was able to induce a ground ball by ALOFA COLLINS to short where Davis fielded it and flipped to second to Wieher for the second out who threw it Burkett at first for the third and final out of the contest.

 

City-Western League

Patrick Henry 6, Point Loma 3: The Patriots squashed a late rally by the Pointers to claim the league contest and stay in the race with the Cathedral Dons.

Patrick Henry in the top of the third took advantage of a Pointer error as LILI PENA (RUN) was able to reach on a dropped third strike, a couple batters later with 2 outs CASSIE VAN TIL (1-4, R, RBI) knocked in Pena on a single to make it 1-0 and she would come into score on a CRISTIONA CACCAMISE (1-4, 2B, RBI) roped double to make it 2-0.

The Patriots went back to business in the top of the fourth as they were able to add a couple more runs to extend their lead thanks to leadoff hitter MADISON JAMES (2-3, 2B, R) reaching on an error, LAUREN NETT (2-4, 2R, 2B) doubled, LAILA SPRACKLEN (1-3, RBI, SB) singled which scored James and Nett went to third, a couple batters later HANNAH MCEWEN (1-4, 2 RBI) laced a single that scored Nett to push the lead to 4-0.

More runs for the Patriots in the top of the sixth inning pushed their lead to 6-0 thanks to back-to-back singles by SAVANNAH CHAPMAN (1-4, R) and Nett who would advance thanks to another error by the Pointers, McEwen would drive in a run.

Point Loma finally broke through off James in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to multiple hits and a couple of errors by the Patriots which allowed the Pointers to score a couple of runs making it 6-2. They would add another run in the bottom of the seventh cutting the lead in half 6-3 but James would get out of it to end the game.

Also having a good day for the Patriots was ANDREA WRIGHT who went 2-4 with a double.

James went 7 innings for the complete game victory giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 2 and fanned 6 on the day.

 

City-Eastern League

Christian 10, San Diego 4: A big fourth inning by the Patriots allows them to distance themselves from the Cavers and claim the victory.

The Cavers actually would strike the first blow of the contest as they pushed across a couple of runs in the bottom of the first inning to lead 2-0.

However the Patriots were able to erase the deficit in the top of the third inning when SILENT RAIN ESPINOZA (1-2, 3R, RBI, HR) led off with a solo dinger pulling within 2-1, ASHLEY CARTER (3-5, 3R, RBI) singled and a couple of batters later SHANNON MCMAHON (3-5, R, 5 RBI, 2 2B, HR) smoked a double that scored Carter to tie the game 2-2.

MALLORY STEELE (3-4, R) took the circle for the Patriots and was able to get through the bottom of the third despite walking one and also giving up a single. Christian would take the lead in the top of the fourth when they pushed across six runs to lead 8-2.

With one out TENAY BANEGAS (RUN) hit into a fielders choice and would advance to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Steele, Espinoza walked, Carter singled in a run, McMahon would finish things with a 3-run blast. Also in the inning AUDREY SHEBLOSKI (4-4, RBI, 2 2B) singled.

Christian added to their lead in the top of the fifth as Espinoza reached on a fielders choice, Carter followed by singling, a couple batters later McMahon doubled in Espinoza and Shebloski singled in Carter to make it 10-2.

San Diego added their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning making it 10-4. They had an opportunity in the bottom of the seventh to add more as they were able to load the bases but Steele squashed the threat as she got the final out on a fly ball to center field.

Steele tossed a complete 7 inning victory, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, walked 4 and fanned 4 on the day.

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