East County Sports

Patriots, Eagles, Hillers, Sultans win

Madison Mendez, of Santana / file photo by Tammy Ryan - TRYAN PHOTOGRAPHY


By Adam Paul



El Cajon (3-2-18) – The Patriots hosted the Warriors of Fallbrook in a Monte Vista Classic contest and basically put the contest away in the middle innings.

Christian was able to plate a run in the bottom of the first when Audrey Shebloski (2-4, 2 R, RBI, SB, 2B) reached on a fielders choice, stole second and scored on an Ashley Carter (1-2, R, RBI)  RBI single to make it 1-0.

They added four more runs a couple innings later in the bottom of the third to extend their lead 5-0. Leadoff batter Silent Rain Espinoza (1-2, 3 R) started things off with a hit and would come around to score, Carter walked, Shannon McMahon (1-2, R, 2 RBI) singled in a run and she would also come in to score as would Mallory Steele (0-2, R) who walked. Knocking in runs in the inning were Devyn Krystek (1-2, RBI) and Elle Lindblad (2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B) who drove in two runs.

Carter who also took the circle was dominating as she only allowed 1 hit on the day.

The Patriots in the bottom of the fifth would tack on four more runs after leading 6-0. Lindblad led off with a single and she would come around to score, Isabella Stephens would also single and score, Espinoza followed with a walk and she would also come into score as would Shebloski as she drove in a run. At the end of the inning, the Patriots led 10-0.

Carter would garner the victory while tossing a 5 inning shutout giving up the 1 run while walking 0 and fanning 5 on the day.



OCEANSIDE (3-2-18) – It took a few innings but the offense for the Granite Hills Eagles finally came alive and when it did boy did they role.

However before the offense got a jolt the Eagles actually trailed 1-0 as the Wildcats were able to push across a run off of Eagles starter Catie Dobbs (2-5, R, 3 RBI, HR) in the bottom of the second inning. It wouldn’t be until the top of the fourth when the Eagles erased the one run deficit as Bailey Wallace led things off with a single.

Wallace who led with the single would advance to second on a Dobbs groundout, McKenzie Boehm singled which put runners at first and second, a couple batters later Brooke Bertussi (1-2, R, RBI)  hit a ball that was misplayed which allowed Wallace to come in and score to make it 1-1.

Granite in the top of the fifth would continue their offensive prowess as they pushed across four more runs. Leadoff hitter Hayley Johnson (3-4, RBI, 2 2B) singled, Erica Simon (1-1, 3 R, RBI) into run, Rylee Omahen (1-2, 2 R, RBI, 3B) proceeds to smash a triple to left that scores Simon to make it 2-1, Amaya Esparza (2-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 2B) smokes a double that scores Omahen to make it 3-1, a couple batters later Dobbs singles and the ball is misplayed which allows Esparza to score making it 4-1.

Moving to the top of the sixth after shutting down the Wildcats the offense for the Eagles explodes for twelve runs to round out their scoring.

A smash double by Johnson, Simon comes into run, she would come around to score on a couple wild pitches to make it 5-1. Granite Hills would tack on 11 more runs to round out their scoring.

Dobbs on the day in the circle tossed 6 innings of 2 hit ball, giving up 1 run, walked 5 and stuck out 10 in the victory. Besides dominating in the circle she also hammered a 2-run blast.



EL CAJON (3-2-18) – The Falcons came inland to take on the Foothillers in the opener of the Torrey Pines Falcon Fiesta Classic hoping to leave with a win but the Foothillers would have nothing of that.

Early on the Falcons held it together as they would score a couple runs in the top of the first innings to lead 2-0. Grossmont who graduated a ton off of last year’s squad that made a semi-deep run in the Division II playoffs finally broke through in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-2 lead.

Leading off in the bottom of the second was Jordan Brown (2-3, R, RBI)  who singled, Samaria Roope (2-2, RBI) followed with a walk, Brown advanced to third on a passed ball and would score on a single by G. Thirakul (1-3, R, RBI), she stole second base, while the pinch runner for Roope stole home and scored to tie the game 2-2.

The next batter B. Blue reached on an error on a hard hit ball which scored Thirakul to make it 3-2. It wouldn’t be until the bottom of the fourth when the Foothillers would push more across on the scoreboard.

Leading things off in the bottom of the fourth was Katie Appenzeller who is hit by a pitch, K. Contreras walked, Brown singled to left which allowed Appenzeller to score on the throw and Brown advanced to second on the throw home. Roope roped a single that scored Contreras and Brown advanced to third base but would score.

Grossmont tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Roope on the day in the circle would go 6 innings for the victory, give up 2 runs on 4 hits, walk 4 and fan 5.



LAKESIDE (3-2-18) – Once again the Sultans and the Vaqueros renewed their rivalry, this time out in Lakeside as both teams came into the contest with much optimism.

The Sultans started their scoring in the top of the second inning as Joey Barkhimer (1-3, 2 R) led off with a lined single to center, Marilyn Downing (2-4, R) roped a double to center which advanced Barkhimer to third base, Nicole Madrigal (2-3, R, 2 RBI) followed with a hit that scored Barkhimer to make it 1-0, Natalie Sims advanced Madrigal to second on a sacrifice, Lakaila Aquiningoc-David (1-3, R, RBI) laced a single that scored Downing to make it 2-0, Erica Reid reached on an error that scored Madrigal, Madison Mendez singled which scored another run, Mackenzie Bennett (1-4, 3 RBI, 2B) smashed a double that scored two runs to make it 6-0.

The Vaqueros had an opportunity in the bottom of the second to do something with two outs as Hannah Davis (1-3, 2B) doubled but would be stranded.

Santana in the top of the fourth took advantage of a couple of opportunities and scored a couple more times including another hit by Madrigal that scored Barkhimer to make it 9-0.

Another opportunity afforded itself for the Vaqueros in the bottom of the fifth with two outs but again no dice. In the bottom of the next inning, Alexa Williams (1-3, 2B) would smoke a double but unfortunately be stranded so the score remained 9-0.

Mendez for the Sultans went 7 complete innings giving up 0 runs on 3 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3 on the day in the victory.





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