East County Sports

Highlanders win Island opener

2020 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

HELIX 4, CORONADO 2

By Tyler Gribble

Special to EastCountySports.com

 

CORONADO – On Friday afternoon, the Helix Highlanders’ 2020 softball got underway with a close victory on the turf in Coronado at the Gold and Silver Classic Tournament.

Audrey Kull, in her first high school softball at-bat, executed a perfect bunt single to lead off the game and Avery Perez followed with a single.

An error by the Islanders and a single by Kori Jonilonis brought home the first runs of the season for the Scotties.

At the bottom of the inning, facing a three-run deficit, the Islanders managed to draw three walks in a row to start the game. A hit batsman and a catcher’s interference call gifted the home team a pair of runs before the Highlanders finally settled in to retire the side.

After the first inning, the offenses disappeared. The 3-2 score remained unchanged from the top of the second to the end of the sixth, as both teams combined for a total of just five baserunners.

The Highlanders added a run in the top of the seventh as the speedy Kull singled and later reached home on a throwing error.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Islanders led off the inning with their first hit of the game and followed with a walk.

With the potential tying run on first, Scottie pitcher Sophia Ramuno dug deep and delivered a pair of strikeouts.

With two outs, the Islanders shortstop dug in and battled to a 2-2 count, before lining the final pitch of the game into center field.Kull, once again in the middle of the action, scooped the ball from the turf and delivered the accurate throw home. Catcher Isabella Bordine made the catch and placed the tag on the runner for the game-ending play at the plate.

Ramuno struck out 15 and did not allow a hit until the seventh inning en route to the win.

“Today was about ball placement and keeping the hitters off-balance,” Ramuno said.” I threw a lot of curveballs and rise balls trying to keep the ball away from the hitter or getting them to chase. I think our team looks great and I’m excited to see how far we can go this season.”

Center fielder Audrey Kull finished the day with two hits and a pair of runs scored, as well as making the game-winning assist.Other notable performances include senior Avery Perez and sophomore Kori Jonilonis, who both notched a pair of hits each.

Freshman Angel Riggins got the first hit and run scored of her high school career.

Finally, in just her second day with the team after the end of her water polo season on Wednesday, Jolene Giles delivered a pinch-hit double over the head of the centerfielder.

The 1-0 Highlanders have their home opener on Monday when they host the Oceanside Pirates in another game of tournament play.

 

Elsewhere

 

GRANITE HILLS 4, EASTLAKE 0 – Amaya Esparza drove in three runs for the Eagles, including a two-run double in the first.

Bailey Wallace had three hits for Granite Hills.

The Eagles’ Staci Chambers pitched a complete game, allowing two hits while striking out eight.

 

VALHALLA 10, GROSSMONT 0 (5 inn.)Naomi Villalva allowed two hits and one walk over five innings for Valhalla.

Valhalla’s Andrea Gonzalez and Yanely Gonzalez both drove in a pair of runs at the top of the lineup.

 

EL CAPITAN 17, SOUTHWEST SAN DIEGO 2 (5 INN.) Katie Collier and Alexis McDaniel both drove in a pair of runs for El Capitan.

Alexa Williams had two hits, two runs, and tossed 3 innings of no-hit ball, striking out five.

 

MOUNT MIGUEL 10, KEARNY 8 – The Matadors improved to 2-0 by defeating the visiting Komets.

 

MOUNT MIGUEL 14, CASTLE PARK 9 – The Matadors opened the season back on the 18th with a win over the visiting Trojans.

 

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