East County Sports

Pats’ Manes, Moody, shine in CIF opener



By Nick Pellegrino
ECS staff writer

EL CAJON — Christian High senior Kate Manes already has a collegiate scholarship on the table. However, the pitcher wants more, so she posted one of the best outings of her high school career in the CIF-San Diego Section playoff opener on Tuesday (May 17).

Manes kick-started the Patriots with a firs-inning homer run, launching the Patriots into the Division III tournament with an 8-2 pasting of Mission Vista at Dawson Field.

In addition, pitcher Allyson Moody fired six innings f shutout ball, allowing fiver hits with out issuing a walk. Moody, a junior smacked a homer along with a par of RBI for a career-best eight total bases against the Timberwolves.

“Katy already has a scholarship offer on the table from the University of Tulsa,” said veteran Christian head coach George Gentry.”But she would rather go to Baylor. I told her you’d need to get their attention and she really come through today.”

Manes’ mother is a doctor, so attending university at a school with a prestigious medial program like the one in Waco, Texas, would be a major step in the right director. Her father also works in the medical field, thus Manes has decided to go to Baylor and try to walk-on to the Bears softball program.

Meanwhile, Gentry cleared the bench to allow his younger players an opportunity to participate in a CIF postseason contest.

Moody started her performance by retiring the Timberwolves in order in the top of the first. Then in the half-home of the frame, Manes sent a one-out drive that nearly hit the scoreboard in center field for a homer.

“Katy’s always wanted to goto Baylor since she arrived her for her freshman year,” aadedthe coach added, who noted Manes owns a grade-point average of well over 4.30.

Christian shortstop Rachel Stephens also added a basehit, plus a pair of defensive stops to keep the shutout in tact.

With the triumph, Christian (19-11 overall) enters the main draw of the tournament, next traveling to Santee to meet Grossmont Valley League co-champion West Hills.

“It’ll be a good experience with a little more pressure,” he added.

Following the early Manes homer, junior Moody also went deep with a twwo-run shot to center field in the third. The Pats added five more in the fourth, including a run-scoeing triple by freshman first baseman Ashley Wood.

Moody, the center fielder, batted 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Mission Vista end its season with a 14-14 ledger.


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