East County Sports

Foothills folds in D-5 finale to Fallbrook



ECS staff report

LA JOLLA — Entering the CIF playoffs, Foothills Christian softball had suffered just one loss all season — at 16-1, they owned the best mark of any San Diego Section ballclubb in any division — yet were entering Friday’s (May 27) Divisaion 5 title game with a second loss, coming against Fallbrook just 24 houts earlier in the winners bracket final.

However, Foothills Christian took the playback finale in the challenegr bracket with a 10-0 run-rule decision over the Calipatria Hornets.

Thus, in order for the Knights to claim the championship, they would need to avenge the setback to the Warriors or go home as the section runner-up.

Foothills Christian senior Carly Robbins (left) shares her CIF Sportsmanship Aard with a player from Fallbrook / Photo by Jeni Bernatz

Unfortunately, third-seed Fallbrook came thrtough to take out the top-seed Knights, 16-3, in the finale held at UC San Diego’s Triton Softball Stadium.

Like it says in the song from the motion picture withthe same name, the “Warriors, come out and play.” They scored four times in the first and led 9-0 through two frames. They also tacked on seven times in the fourth before the Knights collected their two runs to end a 24-0 run by the eventual champions.

Fallbrook (12-14 overall) received three RBI from sophomore Berlin Broussard and freshman Hana Winton. Broussard also batted 4-fir-4 with four runs.

Warriors senior Baylee Howley also homered, helping give the school its first CIFSDS crown since 1988, when they took the old “large-school enrollment ” C;lass 3-A title.

Foothills Christian (19-3) did senor Oceanea Berndez drove in the final two runs with a pinch-hit single in the fourth inning.

Foothills Christian senior Carly Robbins was 2-for-2 with a walk. She completes her Knoights career sd thre school’s career leader in any offense categories.


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