East County Sports

Cougs beat Eagles; Daley’s record day

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2021 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL


By Adam Paul

ESCONDIDO On what would typically be the quarterfinals of the Cougar Classic, the tournament, unfortunately, was cut short this season due to COVID-19 rules. Despite this, four teams from the East County made it to Saturday’s(Apr. 3)  play.

STEELE CANYON 11 (3-2), GRANITE HILLS 3 (1-4-1)
Big day at the plate for the Cougars offense as the bats came alive early on led by multiple players.

Steele Canyon started the scoring in the top of the second inning courtesy of a two-run double by Allyson Haessly (3-3, 2R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) that scored both Kamea Seunanne (1-3, R) and Mariah Mata (1-2, 2R).

On the next play, Jazmin Williams (1-4, 2R, 2 RBI) hit a ball that was misplayed allowing Haessly to score making it 3-0, Janea Wilson (2-4, R, RBI, 3B) would later knock in Williams on a triple to right field, Breanna Lakin (2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B) followed with an RBI single, and Iryana Oliver (1-4, RBI, 2B) doubled in Lakin to extend the lead to 6-0.

More runs came for the Cougars in the top of the third inning as they took advantage of their opportunities starting with another run courtesy of an Eagles fielding error that allowed Mata to score, Marley Rimoldi (RUN) who reached on the error advanced to third when Haessly doubled to right field, the next batter Williams singled which brought home Rimoldi, a couple more errors by the Eagles allowed Haessly and Williams to score which made it 10-0.

The last run of the inning came when Lakin smashed a double to bring in Tayler Thomas.

Later in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Eagles finally got on the board when Sofia Mujica (2-2, R, 2 RBI, HR) hit a two-run home run to make it 11-2. Taylor Rose (1-3, R) also scored on the home run.

Also in the inning, Paige Baird (RUN) reached on an error and she would come into score when Chloe Knepp (1-2, RBI, 2B) doubled to right field.

Knepp would take the loss for the Eagles as she allowed 11 runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.

For the Cougars, Emma Shellstrom picked up the win as she only allowed three runs on four hits while striking out four in her five innings of work.

GROSSMONT 12 (3-1), EL CAMINO 2 (2-3)
Grossmont just about scored runs in every inning and leading the charge was Jade Daley who not only had a big day but etched her name into the CIF Record books.

The Foothillers would start the scoring spree in the top of the first inning courtesy of a Kimmy Bond steal of home to give them an early 1-0 lead.

El Camino would answer back in the bottom of the first inning on a Dakota Edwards base hit.

But the momentum would change in the top of the second inning when Alyssa Bolden smashed a leadoff home run over the center-field fence to give Grossmont a 2-1 lead.

Grossmont added another pair of runs in the top of the third inning thanks to a two-run home run by Daley which gave them a 4-1 lead.

The Wildcats would answer back and cut the deficit in half as they scored another run in the bottom of the third inning.

Leading 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning the Foothillers would extend their lead even further thanks to four runs.

With one out, Alison Murphy singled, a couple of batters later with two outs Natalie Emery singled and Kimmy Bond walked to load the bases. Once again Daley came thru as she blasted a grand slam home run over the center-field fence to extend the lead to 8-2.

Later in the top of the sixth inning, Daley would knock in another run for the Foothillers with a sacrifice fly that allowed Emery to trot home.

Also in the inning, Katelynn Parent would double in Bond to make it 10-2, a couple of batters later Isabel Cervantes scored on an error by the Wildcats as they misplayed a ball hit by Sunny Miller, the next batter Murphy would drive in Parent to round out the scoring.

Picking up the win for the Hillers was Miller who only allowed the two runs on six hits in her six innings of work in which she walked one and struck out two.

Daley with her seven RBI’s on the day for Grossmont tied her for fourth in East County history with former Patrick Henry standout Andrea Wright who did it in 2017 against Clairemont, and Anjie Bryant of El Capitan who accomplished the feat back in 1987 against St. Margaret’s.

The top three record holders for most RBI in a game are Patrick Henry standout Sierra Altmeyer who drove in eight runs back in 2015 against Christian, former Steele Canyon Cougar Lorena Clopp who at one time was the record holder with her nine RBI’s against High Tech back in 2007 but her record would be broken by former West Hills standout Ashleigh Hartwig who knocked in ten runs against Montgomery in a Hilltop tournament contest back in 2018.

Daley’s big day RBI-wise put her tied for sixth in CIF San Diego Section history.


PATRICK HENRY 10 (5-2), SAN PASQUAL 3 (1-5)
Another game another hot hand for Olivia Gigante (3-3, 2R, 5 RBI, HR) as she helped propel the Patrick Henry Patriots to victory on Saturday.

Gigante in the circle only allowed three runs on the day while striking out seven Golden Eagles in her five innings of work for the complete-game victory.

Not only was she pretty good in the circle but at the plate, she crushed it as she would drive in five runs. Her first at-bat in the top of the first inning sparked the offense as she blasted a three-run home run to give the Patriots an early 3-0 lead.

The Patriots were not done in the inning as Jessica DeWitt (1-2, R, 2 RBI, HR) wasn’t to be outdone as she hammered a solo home run over the center-field fence to make it 4-0.

Setting up the first runs of the inning for the Patriots were leadoff hitter Kaiah Altmeyer (1-3, R, 2B) who doubled, and Jenel Mallari (1-4, 2R) who reached on an error.

More of the same for the Patriots in the top of the third inning as Gigante led off with a base hit to right field. She would advance to second base as the ball was misplayed. The next batter Dezianna Patmon (1-3, R) singled to advance Gigante to third base, Patmon would advance to second base on a defensive indifference call.

Still in the top of the third inning with one out Savannah Sutton (1-3, R, RBI) would come up to the plate and knock-in Gigante extending the lead to 5-0, later in the inning both Patmon and Sutton would both score on passed balls by San Pasqual which made it 7-0.

Patrick Henry would add more in the top of the fourth inning when Gigante drove in both Malia Savage (1-2, R) and Mallari to make it 9-0, a couple of batters later Jessica DeWitt drove in Alexis Hampton (RUN) on a sacrifice fly to round out the scoring.

Not looking to be shutout the Golden Eagles finally got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning with an RBI double and a passed ball.

Sydney Newton would double for the Patriots in the top of the fifth inning which was followed by a walk by Savage. Both would be stranded.

San Pasqual would score again in the bottom of the fifth inning to round out their scoring but that would be all they would garner.


RANCHO BUENA VISTA 8 (4-1), SANTANA 0 (3-2)
Long day for the Sultans as they were limited to only three hits on the day as the Longhorns took advantage of their opportunities for the easy victory on Saturday.

The bright spot for the Sultans was Joey Barkhimer who was perfect at the plate with two of the team’s three hits on the day.

The only other Sultan to have a hit on the day was Haley Oceguera.


RAMONA 4 (2-3-1), VALHALLA 0 (1-3)
It just wasn’t Valhalla’s day as they committed six errors in the field in which the Bulldogs took full advantage of in the victory on Saturday.

Valhalla though in the top of the first inning would try and strike first as Naomi Villalva led off with a double, later with two outs Abby Johnston singled which advanced Villalva to third base. Unfortunately, both would be stranded as the next batter would be retired to end the threat and inning.

The Bulldogs in the bottom of the third inning with one out hit back-to-back singles which were followed by a passed ball that scored a run. A couple of batters later a miscue by Valhalla allowed a pair of runs to score to make it 3-0.

Moving to the top of the fifth inning and still trailing the Norsemen thought they had something as McKayla Fish led off with a double, Bailey Lenz came in to run. Unfortunately, she would be caught stealing third base.

Ramona would add their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

For Valhalla, Fish took the loss as she gave up four runs on seven hits in her 5 2/3 innings o work in which she walked 2 and struck out 4 on the day.

 

 

 

 

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