East County Sports

Clairemont, Pt. Loma beat local Patriots


By Adam Paul




The Chieftains break the tie with four runs in the eighth inning to procure the victory over the Patriots.

Both teams were able to hold each other on the offense until the bottom of the third when the Chieftains were able to push across a couple runs to lead 2-0 thanks to multiple base hits.

Christian in the top of the fifth had a golden opportunity to cut into the Clairemont lead as Alexa Henderson (1-3, 2B) led off with a double. However the Chieftains would get out of the inning unscathed as Christian couldn’t move the runner.

Still trailing heading to the top of the sixth the Patriots needed to do something and indeed they did as Silent Rain Espinoza (3-4, R) singled, Shannon McMahon (1-4, R, SB) singled advancing Espinoza to third, McMahon stole second base, Espinoza came into score on a wild pitch and McMahon scored on a Chieftain miscue to tie the game 2-2.

With the game tied after seven innings, the game went into extra innings and Christian in the top of the eighth could only muster a single by Espinoza.

Needing only a run to win the game the Chieftains would win on a walk-off grand slam by Maddy Jacobs.




Both teams on the day combined for 5 hits but it would be the Pointers who would take advantage of the opportunities given which allowed them to pull out the victory.

The Patriots in the top of the first had an opportunity with two outs as Blair Rhodes singled with two outs advancing Maddie Simmons to second. Unfortunately, both would be stranded to end the inning.

Point Loma would push across a run in the bottom of the first inning as Olivia Hope hit a sacrifice fly that scored a run to make it 1-0.

Neither team put together any opportunities as pitching for both teams shut each other down over the next few innings.

Patrick Henry started off well in the top of the fifth as Ari Rios led off by reaching on an error and would advance on the fielder’s choice. Once again though the timely hit alluded the Patriots.

The Pointers would add to their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when they were able to push across two more runs.

Quigley took the hard-luck loss for the Patriots as she went 5 1/3 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 5.

Cassidy Sauner for the Pointers garnered the win as she went 7 innings giving up 0 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1.



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