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ROUNDUP: West Hills, Henry win at Classic


EastCountySports.com staff report

WEST HILLS 8, ESCONDIDO 4: At Kit Carson Park, the Wolf Pack raced to an early 8-0 cushion in romping over tournament host Escondido at the Cougar Classic. The victory moves West Hills to 1-1 in pool play, needing a victory over Imperial to reach the Gold Bracket quarterfinals.

Sabrina Brown fueled the Pack by driving in four runs on 3-for-3 hitting. Brown singled in a run in the 1st and 2nd innings then pounded a 2-run single in the 3rd to highlight a 5-run rally to mount the huge, 8-run cushion.

Wolf Pack pitcher Kimie Brouard tossed three shutout innings before getting tagged in the 4th, but still finioshed with a complete game since the game only lasted four frames due to the tournament time limit.

In addition, No. 9 hitter Shannon Kim batted 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while No. 8 hitter Lily Youngdale went 2-for-2 with a walk, as the bottom third of the order collected five hits and scored five times to lead an 11-hit attack.

For Escondido (0-2), Bella Cortez recorded a 2-run single in a 4-run rally in the 4th just before time expired.

PATRICK HENRY 8, Temecula-CHAPARRAL 2: At Kit Carson Park, the Patriots moved to within one victory of advancing to the Platinum (championship) stage of the Cougar Classic, utilizing a display of power to pummel the Pumas, a tradition CIF Southern Section power.

Down 2-0, Olivia Gigante smacked a 2-run homer, then Lauren Nett also went deep for back-to-back home runs when the Patriots tallied six times in the 3rd inning.

An inning later, Hailey “H” Jenks came off the bench to register a 2-run homer to cap the scoring.

Gigante also gained the pitching win, overcoming Chaparral’s 2-run rally (1 earned) in the 2nd. She struck out two Pumas in her 5-inning, complete-game effort.

For Patrick Henry, freshman shortstop Kaiah Altmeyer and senior outfielder Laila Spracklen each added a double in the 10-hit attack — five of the Pats hits went for extra bases.

In addition, sophomore second baseman Jessica DeWitt stole a pair of bases after abtting 3-for-3, scoring twice.

El Centro-CENTRAL 5, HELIX 0: At Emma Jones Field in El Centro, Spartans pitcher Janyssa Martin spun a 3-hit shutout over six innings or work Thursday (Mar. 7), leading the hosts past the Scotties in a Gold & Silver Classic pool-play contest. Martin registered 11 strikeouts.

Alyssa Gonazlez batted 2-for-3 and scored following both hits, as Central scored three times in the 1st for the early lead, then twice more times in 5th.

Helix leadoff batter Avery Perez batted 2-fpr-2 with a walk, but no one could bat her around.

Nicole Hernandez (triple) and Sophia Ramuno (double) registered the other hits for the Scotties (2-2).

OTAY RANCH 4, VALHALLA 2:  At Kit Carson Park, the Mustangs’ Gisselle Garcia and Natalia Ojeda hit consecutive homers to break a 1-1 deadlock in the 6th inning on Thursday (Mar. 7), vanquishing Valhalla in a Cougar Classic pool-play affair.

Following a two-out single by Natalia Alvarez, Garcia went to center field with her go-ahead 2-run  shot. Moments later, Ojeda went deep to left.

The Norsemen rallied back with a two-out rally in the 7th. Pinch-hitter Devyn Ruffer grounded a single to left, went to second on a wild pitch, then score on a liner for a base hit to right by Emily Van Der Zalm.

The potential game-tying run then came to the plate, but Garcia, the Otay Ranch pitcher. escaped with the final of her 9 strikeouts.

Both ballclubs scored in the 4th. The Norsemen (1-1) run came on a leadoff triple by Samantha Green, who came home on a wild pitch.

BRAWLEY 10, STEELE CANYON 3: At Kit Carson Park, the Cougars opened the pool-play contest with three runs in their first trip to the plate, but the Wildcats answered with 10 unanswered runs fot the runaway victory Thursday (Mar. 7).

Brawley got even with three markers in the 1st, then posted three more in the 3rd and 4th innings to pull away.

Steele Canyon (1-1) couldn’t start out any strong.

After Tayler Thomas was hit by a pitch to start the ballgame, Bianca Morales belted a 2-run home run, then Audrey Bagge followed with another homer to leap to a 3-0 lead.

However, the Cougars managed just one additional hit the rest of the weay after Wildcats pitcher Lilliana Martinez settled down. She struck out six, while also smacking a go-ahead 3-run homer in the 3rd.

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 21, EL CAJON VALLEY 2: At ECVHS, the RedHawks made the 35-mile trek from the back country worthwhile after pasting the host Braves.

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