East County Sports

Another Mayor’s Cup for Santana softball

The current run of Mayor' Cup wins by Santana started herein 2016, winning 7 of the last 8 / ECS file photo



By Adam Paul

SANTEE – A huge day at the plate for Santana co=captain Taylinn Warren saw the senior drive in four runs on three hits to lead the Sultans to a 15-2 verdict in six innings over city rival West Hills on Friday (Apr.14).

The non-league triumph awarded Santana with the Santee Mayors Cup trophy for the sixth consecutive season, and 7-of-8 since 2016 (see front page photoof ’16 Sultans)

Santana (12-1-1), who came into the contest winners of eight straight, went to business early thanks to Delaney Smith who doubled in Warren which was followed by a two-run blast by Emma Schneider to left field for her fourth of the season and a 3-0 lead.

West Hills (9-6-1) though answered with a run in the top of the second inning thanks to Amaya Angeli who with two outs singled to right field to score Ava Goodman to make it 3-1.

However, the Sultans would expand their lead in the third inning courtesy of back-to-back RBI doubles by Schneider and Anabella Heguy and an RBI single by Marley Ridgels to make it 6-1.

Kristina Deal would drive in Faith Balesteri for the Wolf Pack in the top of the fourth inning to make it 6-2.

Heyguy would drive in a pair of runs and McKenna Miller added another run for the Sultans as they answered back in their half of the fourth inning.

Santana would tack on six more runs combined in both the fifth and sixth innings courtesy of Kaitlyn Ours who drove in a pair of runs with a double to right field in the fifth inning, the big blow would come in the sixth inning when Warren belted a shot to right center field over the fence for a grand slam that evoked the mercy rule to end the contest.

Pitching-wise for West Hills, Alyssa Thornton got the nod and would take the loss going three innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out two. Goodman would come in and toss two innings of relief giving up nine runs on five hits and striking out two.

On the other side for the Sultans, Gracie Johnston would garner the victory as she went four innings, allowing two runs on six hits, Aurelia Dawson threw two innings of relief to finish out the game.

With the victory the Sultans claim the Mayor’s trophy and also extend their winning streak to nine games on the season.


San Marcos 10, El Capitan 5

SAN MARCOS – Despite a late push by the El Capitan Vaqueros in the sixth and seventh innings, the San Marcos Knights would still claim the victory in non-league action on Friday (Apr. 14).

San Marcos would score in every inning except the second inning and would be led by multiple hitters who had three hits on the day.

Alexa Miller, Isabella Esparza, and Caylene Nguyen all collected three hits for the Knights.

Brooke Hessick would belt a two-run home run in the fourth inning for her first of the year.

Offensively the El Capitan Vaqueros managed ten hits in the contest including a three-run home run by Alanna Christiaens in the top of the seventh inning.

Ava Gall, Christiaens, Aubrey Thorne, and Alyssa Fierro each collected a pair of hits a piece on the day.

Makenna Burton got the starting nod for the Vaqueros but would take the loss as she allowed nine runs on thirteen hits over five innings of work and strike out four, Shelby Vars came in and pitched an inning of relief allowing one run on one hit.

For the Knights, Alexis Schwartz garnered the victory as she went all seven innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and striking out three.


Foothills Christian 13, at Classical 3 (6 inn.)
Santana 5, West Hills 2
San Marcos 10, El Capitan 5
Bonsall 1, Borrego Springs 0
Hoover at Mount Miguel, ccd.


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