East County Sports

Monarchs, Knights, Vaqueros win in different ways


East County Sports staff report

SPRING VALLEY (4-5-2019) – Monte Vista High shortstop Dessire Corona smacked a walk-off, bases-loaded single, as the Monarchs scored twice in the bottom of the 7th inning to upend Morse, 10-9, in Thursday’s (Apr. 4) nonleague neighborhood rivalry contest.

Corona’s base-knock brought home Ionna Upham, who batted 2-for-4 and scored three times. Corona also added two hits, while Monte Vista was led by three hits from off the bench by Meeah Matanane.

Morse held leads of 3-0 and 4-3, but the Monarchs rallied to get even both times. The Tigers then mounted a 9-4 advantage, but Monte Vista again responded with four runs in the 6th before scoring twice in the 7th to shock the visitors.

The final rally saw Morse commit a pair of one-out errors, then Matanane bunted for a single, with Sophia Bodtke taking two bases to tie the ballgame for the third time. On the throw home, both of the remaining runners went to second and third bases.

Abigail Johnston was then walked to load the bases so the Tigers could record the third out at any base, but Corona delivered her game-winner to center field.

Monte Vista (8-5) has now won 6-of-8 games since falling in extra innings to Bayfront Charter, the CIF Division V bronze medalist last season. Morse (7-5) had won 5-of-6.

FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 15, LIBERTY CHARTER 13: The first inning took nearly an hour when the visiting Knights leaped to a 5-3 lead in Thursday’s (Apr. 4) near wire-to-wire, non-league triumph.

Liberty Charter did fight back to briefly get even by the end of the 2nd inning at 7-all, as Katie Peet belted a game-tying, 2-run home run.

However, Foothills Christian posted another 5-run outburst in the 4th to garner the lead for keeps.

The Lions also brought the potential game-tying run to the plate in the 7th. However, Knights reliever Kaylee Guler capped a stint of 3.2 innings from the bullpen with a game-ending strikeout to garner the victory.

Guler struck out four, while Knights starter Carissa Wolford dominated early by registering 10 of her 11 outs on strikes, avenging a 3-2 loss to the Lions last season.

Meanwhile, the top four Knights batters scored a composite 10 runs, including three each by Carissa Wolford and Shanel Boubion, allowing Carly Robbins (3-for-5)  to drive in three runs. Wolford batted 3-for-6 with a triple, while Lacie Baty spanked a double for Foothills Christian (5-2).

Liberty Charter (3-7) lost for the fourth straight outing despite Peet, the cleanup hitter, batting 2-for-4 with a walk, scoring three times. In addition, In fact, the top four hitters — Sarah Johnston, Lily Schallock, Jayden Ortiz and Peet — all registered two hits.

EL CAPITAN 1, OTAY RANCH 0: At Chula Vista, Vaqueros pitcher Alexa Williams fired a 2-hit shutout to lift El Capitan over the host Mustangs in non-league action Thursday (Apr. 4).

Williams, a senior, finished with two strikeouts, but pitched a complete game for the third straight afternoon, as she showed definite signs of tiring in the late innings.

In the 6th, Otay Ranch collected its second hit on a line drive. However, Williams’ picked her up, as first baseman Bailey Olaveson was able to field a ball and start a double play with second baseman Hailey Mulligan.

Then in the 7th, Williams hit two Mustangs with pitches to put the potential tying and winning runs on base. However, she escaped on a pop ht back to her in the circle.

The Vaqueros tallied the game’s lone run in the 6th, snapping Williams’ pitching duel with Otay Ranch’s Gisselle Garcia.

With runners in scoring position following a Madison Rosales single and a Katie Collier double, Olaveson followed with a base hit.

Rosales scored, but Collier was out at the plate on a strong throw from right fielder Briana Solis to Mustangs catcher Natalia Ojeda,

El Cap (12-5) received seven of its eight hits from the top four batters on the lineup card, including two each by Rosales, Williams and Olaveson.
Otay Ranch (5-7) saw Jaeden Inguito and Natalia Alvarez collect hits.

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