East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Santana over Christian; Henry wins


East County Sports staff report

SANTEE (5-3-2019) – Santana High snapped a four-game losing skid by defeating visiting Christian, 7-1, on Thursday in a non-league contest featuring a pair of East County squads.


Since suffering a humbling loss to Granite Hills when both clubs were tied for first place, softball life at Santana hadn’t gone well.

However, Santana leadoff batter Lineup Brianna Jerig registered two RBI while Nicole Penton March posted two hits including a double, dusting the visiting Patriots.

Natalie Simms delivered a two-out bases-loaded single in the 3rdinning to break a 1-1 deadlock, allowing Madison Mendez (lead double) to score.

An inning later, a pair of unearned run pushed the margin to 4-1, allowing Santana starting pitcher Joey Barkhimer to breeze. In her five innings, she registered a career-high 13 strikeouts, with one of the two others outs coming on a sacrifice bunt.

For Santana (11-9 overall), Hailey Oceguera and Hailey Justice each scored twice.

Christian scored its run on a solo homer by junior shortstop Audrey Shebloski in the third. The Patriots’ co-captain went deep to center field with two outs.

PATRICK HENRY 9, CLAIREMONT 1: At Clairemont High, the Patriots’ Dez Patman belted a grand slam and Lauren Nett “only” added another homer to batter the host Chieftains in Thursday’s (May 2) Eastern League ballgame.

Nett slugged a 2-run shot in the 5th inning to start a 3-run rally. Patman’s slam came in the seventh.

Patrick Henry scored twice in the 1st, which proved to be the game-winning runs — and it didn’t take long.

Kaiah Altmeyer and Jessica DeWitt opened the game with walks, both scoring on an ensuing double to left by Nett. She finished with a season-high four RBI.

Patrick Henry (15-5 overall) saw Altmeyer and Nett collect two hits each. The pitching victory went to Hailey Jenks, who entered in the third and allowed just one unearned run and three hits in her four innings. She struck out five.

Clairemont (8-13) saw Elyssa Garcia garner three of the ballclubs’ five hits, scoring on a passed ball.

MARANATHA CHRISTIAN 5, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 4: At Orange Glen, the Lady Knights scored once in the 7th inning and ad the potential game-tying runner on base, but the Eagles were able to escape with a key Pacific League win.

Foothills Christian (10-4 overall, 6-2 league) must win its remaining regular-season games, including a rain make-up with Orange Glen, to grab a share of the league championship.

For FCHS, Carly Robbins batted 3-for-3 with a walk, while Kaylee Guler went 2-for-4 with an RBI on her solo home run — her first of the season — scoring twice.

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