East County Sports

Barons steal Eagles’ playoff thunder



East County Sports staff report

BONITA HILLS (5-16-2019) – For the second straight season, the Bonita Vista Barons have placed Granite Hills behind the 8-ball with a first-round setback in the CIFSDS Open Division softball playoffs.

After the Barons knocked the Eagles to the challengers’ bracket with a 3-1 victory in 2018, on Wednesday (May 15) they did it again with a 3-2 decision.

Ted at 1-all, the decisive 3rd inning saw Granite Hills re-claim the advantage, but the hosts responded with a pair of unearned runs to secure the lead for keeps.

The go-ahead run for Granite Hills came courtesy of Rylee Omahen. After her infield single to leadoff, she stole second base, then took third on a passed ball.

Brooke Bertussi followed with a walk, then took off for second base in an attempt to draw a throw. She did, and Omahen scored, as both runners were safe on the double-steal.

However, the Barons immediately countered, loading the bases with a single sandwiched around a pair of errors.

A wild pitch would tie the game, then Vinitzia Blanco intentionally slapped the ball toward first base for what proved to be the game-winning RBI.

That was all Bonita Vista pitcher Alexis Guevara needed, blanking the Eagles over the final4.2 innings. She struck out five and allowed five hits.

Meanwhile, Eagles pitcher Staci Chambers struck out six, yet was saddled with the loss despite tossing  a 3-hitter. Chambers also produced the first GHHS run with a base hit in the first The run was scored by Baily Wallace, who opened the contest with a single, then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Bertussi.

Granite Hills (21-9 overall) will host Rancho Bernardo in Friday’s elimination contest,

Bonita Vista (15-9) gets Torrey Pines, which upset the Broncos 4-2.
At Campo, the RedHawks scored five in the bottom of the third to erase a 3-0 lead in a Division V contest.
Brenna Rowley, Abby Curran and Jewelia Mendez each drove in a pair of runs for Mountain Empire.
Curran and Rowler both laced triples in the contest.
Curran pitched a complete game, striking out nine.

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