East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Henry gets share of title

Christian High's Mallory Steele delivers a pitch on Tuesday. / photo by Dave Dickens

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

East County Sports staff
report
SAN DIEGO (5-8-2019) –
It wasn’t the detour desired
by the Patrick Henry Patriots
softball team, but they had no
choice: either beat both of
the ballclubs above them over
the final week of the Western
League season or possible settle for
another two years as a CIF
Division II squad.

On Tuesday (May 7), half of
the task was completed after
taking down red-hot Cathedral
Catholic, 5-3, garnering at
least a share of the league
crown.

The Patriots can make it an
outright crown by also
defeating Scripps Ranch in
Thursday’s finale. However, if
the Falcons win, the league
will finish in a 3-way logjam
for the top spot, meaning City
Conference officials will need
to declare a champion for CIF
playoff consideration.

Patrick Henry made sure they
were on the right road early,
scoring a pair of runs in both
the 1st and 4th innings to
mount a 4-0 advantage, then
staving a late Dons rally.

Freshman shortstop Kaiah
Altmeyer stroked a lead
single to right field, then
cleanup hitter Edie Guthrie
also singled to right.

Dezi Patman followed with a
ground ball back to the circle,
but when the ball was thrown
away, but baserunners scored.

In the fourth, No. 9 hitter
Chloe Wilson, another frosh,
joined the parade with yet
another base hit to right.
Altmeyer was walked, then
Jessica DeWitt bunts both into
scoring position with a
sacrifice.

Lauren Nett also tried to go to
the right side, but yet
another Cathedral error again
allowed two runs to score for
a 4-0 lead without the aid of
an RBI.

The Dons moved to with 4-3,
but the Patriots halted the
comeback with a run in the
sixth.

Altmeyer accepted a one-out
walk, DeWitt’s grounder to
first base advanced her to
second base, then moving to
third on a base hit by Nett.

Guthrie  followed with a hard
grounder up the middle for
another base hit, scoring
Altmeyer.

Laila Spracklen was called
upon to pitch in relief of
Hallie “H” Jenks. The senior
survived a pair of Dons singles
in the seventh to earn the
save, her first of the season.

Patrick Henry (16-5 overall,
5-2 league) saw Nett, Wilson
and Altmeyer finish with two
hits each for the Patriots. In
addition, Altmeyer scored
three times.

For Cathedral Catholic (10-14,
5-3 league), Anna Herrmann
batted 2-for-3 with two RBI,
while Marisa Estrada also
posted two hits.

Scripps Ranch (15-11, 4-3
league) remained in
competition for the Western
crown despite falling to
Clairemont, 7-5. The game was
tied at4-all through six
frames before the Chieftains
erupted in the seventh.

MONTE VISTA 11, LINCOLN 0: At
Spring Valley, the Monarchs
(14-9 overall) clinched their
third winning season over the
last five years by blanking the
Hornets.

Pitcher Dessire Corona fired a
1-hitter in the 5-inning
contest, striking out five
Hornets. The junior co-captain
also drove in three runs, all
on a bases-loaded double in
the 3rd inning to cap the
scoring and invoke the run
rule.

Then in the fifth, Corona
also shined on defense by
starting a game-ending double
play. She chased down a
shallow popup to the side of
the pitching circle, then
fired the ball to shortstop
Meeah Matanane,

The ballgame was decided early
after Monte Vista scored seven
times in the first, when
leadoff batter Ionna Upham
drilled a two-run double on
her second at-bat of the
rally.

For Lincoln (3-15), senior
captain Cassie Franco recorded
the team’s lone hit with a
two-out single in the first,
later stealing third base
before Corona stranded her
with an inning-ending
strikeout.

LIBERTY CHARTER 17, CV-HIGH TECH 6: At San Miguel Park in Chula Vista, the visiting Lions scored three times in each of the first three innings, then added seven additional markers in the fourth to subdue the Bruins.

The sequence of “threes” can be found throughout the boxscore.

Junior first baseman Lily Schallock batted 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBI.

Katie Peet collected three runs and three RBI, too, including a 3-run homer in the third.

plus, Peet, a sophomore, was the winning pitcher with six strikeouts — three over the first three innings, then three more over the balance of the one-sided contest.

Liberty Charter (7-11 overall, 3-2 league) clinched second place in the Summit League (which is better than being No. 3).

The Bruins (0-15, 0-6 league) issued 16 walks, including three to Peet and Sarah Johnston, plus two (not three) to Roseangle Mercado-Minor and Adriana Rodriguez.

Johnston and Faith Via also scored three times.

FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 23, ESCONDIDO ADVENTIST 1: At Santee ASA, Knights junior Carissa Wolford drove in five runs while freshman Kaylee Guler fired a one-hitter in overwhelming the visiting Hawks.

Wolhford’s 3-for-4 afternoon at the plate also included a pair of triple, scoring four times. In addition, Carly Robbins also went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

For Guler, she finished with six strikeouts, with the run allowed coming unearned in the second after the Lions staked her to a 4-0 lead. Then the ballclub added seven additional runs in the second and six more in the third.
Foothills Christian controls its own destiny to capture the Pacific League, but it won’t be easy since one league game will not be made up. Thus, they must go 2-0 to become the champions in games Thursday at home with Classical Academy, then the makeup on Friday at Orange Glen.

Escondido Adventist (1-11, 0-10 league) got its only hit on a leadoff single in the third by center fielder (No. 14; no roster provided).

Christian at the plate on Tuesday against Mira Mesa. / photo by Dave Dickens

CHRISTIAN 8, MIRA MESA 6 (8 inn.) – The Patriots’ Mallory Steele homered in the second inning for Christian but the Marauders rallied to win the league contest.

Mira Mesa led 3-0 when the Patriots scored three in the bottom of the second, including the three-run shot by Steele, which tied the game.

Christian took the lead with two runs in the fifth on an error.

The Marauders tied the game in the seventh inning on a home run.

Steele had three RBI in the contest and also scored three runs.

“My team played hard,” Steele said. “That was the best game that we have played all season. In the eighth, we all tried to get it together but Mira Mesa came out on top.”

Devyn Krystek had two hits and drove in a run for the Patriots.

Freshman Kate Manes drew four walks in addition to having one base hit for the Pats.

“Mallory had a fantastic home run and that changed the whole pace of the game,” Manes said. “I felt that today our team came together and played as a whole. I knew that if I messed up today someone else on the field would have my back, and that made me perform better.”

Christian High junior Audrey Shebloski added a double.

“Today was a heartbreaker but it’s part of the rebuilding process,” Shebloski said.I’m proud of the way we competed though. Earlier this year we would get blown out or fall apart in those games and I think this game showed we are learning to compete.  The first step towards success is overcoming adversity and we are at least now facing it head on compared to the beginning of the year. “

“We all wanted to win that one bad for Mallory as it was our senior day. I was a bit overanxious in that last at-bat and got out in front and underneath the pitch. It’s a good learning point for me to try to relax and not try to do too much in those types of situations.”

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