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RBV’s Dimler moves closer to CIFSDS career HR mark

2021 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

 

By Adam Paul

VISTA Three home runs  and a seven-run second inning propel the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns to the convincing victory on Friday (June 11) over Patrick Henry, 10-0 in five innings, in second round action of the CIF Open Division  playoffs.

The win by the Longhorns advances them to the semi-finals next Wednesday (June 16) at 3:30 PM.

The loss by the Patriots puts them in a third-round elimination game against league foe Cathedral Catholic with whom they split both meetings 3-2. The winner of the rubber game gets a date with RBV in the semi-finals.

Patrick Henry would string together a pair of hits in the top of the second inning courtesy of both Dezianna Patmon and McKenna Gieger but that would be all they would get as Savannah Coyle retired the next batter to end the inning.

The Longhorn bats in the bottom of the second inning would explode starting with a two-run single by Coyle which was followed by a belted three-run blast by Angelina Cruz to give the Longhorns a 5-0 lead. They would add another pair of runs in the inning to round out their scoring and lead 7-0.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Patriots thought they would be able to finally breakthrough as Olivia Gigante led off with a base hit and Patmon reached on an error that advanced Gigante to second base. Unfortunately, the luck was not with the Patriots as Savannah Sutton would line into a double play and Gieger would pop out to end the inning.

Already leading 7-0 the Longhorns would add the runs needed to win by run-rule in the bottom of the fifth inning starting with a one-out belted solo home run by University of Arizona bound Paige Dimler and later in the inning Janae Combs would end things with a two-run blast over the center-field fence.

The only other Patriot to get a hit on the day was Jessica DeWitt.

Taking the loss for the Patriots was Gigante who started and went 2.1 innings in which she allowed 7 runs on 5 hits while walking 4 and striking out 2, Gieger came in and finished things tossing the final 2.1 innings in which she gave up 3 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1.

For the Longhorns, Coyle was on the mark as she only allowed four hits on the day as she shut out the high-powered Patriots offense over her five innings of work in which she struck out four.

CIF HISTORICAL NOTE – The solo home run by RBV’s Paige Dimler in the bottom of the fifth inning was the 37th of her varsity career. She currently sits alone second all-time in CIF San Diego Section history as only Trina Harrison of Oceanside has hit more with 41 for her career (2004-08).

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