East County Sports

After finally allowing hit, Eagles get dominant win



East County Sports staff report

ESCONDIDO (3-7-2019) – Was it the rain or was the sky truly falling?

After pitchers from Granite Hills High opened the season by firing consecutive no-hitters, Mira Mesa leadoff batter Angelique Schermerhorn, a sophomore, opened¬†Thursday’s (Mr. 6) ballgame with a lead single.

Sure, the no-hit streak was over, yet it didn’t deter Eagles pitcher Staci Chambers. The senior would not allow another hit while striking out six to register an 8-0 verdict in the pool-play round of the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park.

Chambers’ fast start is reminiscent of Lisa Dodd, a former Mira Mesa standout, who earned National Player of the Year award as a senior after transferring to University City High for the 2003 season.

Dodd went on to play for the U.S. National Team, then professionally in Italy, capturing the 2007 European Championship and the 2008 Italian Championship., After serving as head coach at UNLV, Dodd currently serves as head coach at Santa Clara.

Could Chambers follow a similar path by Dodd or former El Capitan standout Delanie Gourley, who is a current member of Team USA after winning an NCAA national championship with Florida?

Chambers, Sydney Huse and Baily Wallace each belted doubles to lead a 9-hit attack for the Eagles, which scored three times in the 3rd, then five more in the 5th before the ball agme was called by the tournament time limit.

In the 3rd, the first three batters for Granite Hills (3-0) – Rylee Omahen (single), Baily Wallace (walk) and McKenzie Boehm (safe on error) – all reached to load the vases.

Haley Johnson walked for an RBI and a 1–0 lead, Chambers lined a 2-run double to right field.

Wallace finished with three hits, while Morgan Kelly went 2-for-3. Both also recorded a run and an RBI.

Omahen, the Eagles right fielder, also batted 2-for-3, but with two runs and a pair of RBI.

Other local former pros include Sarah Dawson of Christian, who once was the MVP of National Pro Fastpitch and most recently was head coach at San Diego Christian College.

Also, Valhalla High had a pair of former NPF pros in second baseman Carri Leto (Martin), who won a championship with the New York-New Jersey Juggernaut then later coached at Princeton, and all-state catcher Savannah Brown.

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