East County Sports

Christian Takes Nail- Biter, Finishes League Undefeated



By Adam Paul

POINT LOMA – With both teams strong pitching something had to give as offensive opportunities would be a limited deal and indeed one came as the Christian Patriots scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to prevail over Point Loma 2-1 Friday afternoon to finish out the regular season.

Christian starter Ava Barrios despite walking eight batters only allowed four hits and one run while fanning twelve over seven innings in the victory.

Lucy Sherburne of Christian would provide that one opportunity the Patriots needed when in the top of the seventh inning would single to center field that would bring home both Lily Reyes and Reese Danczak.

Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning the Pointers would scratch a run on an RBI double off of Barrios before she would finally retire the last two batters needed to end the game and preserve the victory for the Patriots.

Offensively both teams only had four hits each. On the Patriots side, Sherburne went 1-for-4 with the two runs batted in. Ashley Wood, Tyler Krystek, and Danczak had the other hits for Christian.

With the victory Christian moves to 21-6-1 overall and 8-0 in Eastern League play. This is the first time the Patriots have finished undefeated in-league play and their first league title since the 2000s.

Christian will now wait to be seeded for the San Diego CIF Playoffs in Division II which will take place tomorrow. Christian will be seeded in the top four based on the current power rankings which will give them a first-round bye and also guarantee them a home game.


PATRICK HENRY 9, CLAIREMONT 2 – Big day at the plate for Izzy Ervin as she tallied three hits in four at-bats to propel Patrick Henry to the win to end the regular season on a high note over the Clairemont Chieftains on Friday afternoon.

Ervin would single in the first inning, double in the fourth inning, and single in the sixth inning.

Clairemont would lead 1-0 early in the top of the first inning but Patrick Henry would answer back and actually take the lead in the bottom of the second inning. The Patriots would score on a ground out by Chloe Copeland and also the Chieftains would commit an error that led to the other run.

The Patriots added to their slim lead in the bottom of the third inning when Riley Teixeira hit into a fielder’s choice, Brooke Taylor doubled and another error by Clairemont led to another run scored.

RBI singles by Ervin and Sophia Sanchez in the bottom of the sixth inning along with another run scored would extend the lead for Patrick Henry even further.

Belle Will who went over 100 strikeouts for the season picked up the victory for the Patriots. On the day she allowed three hits and two runs over seven innings in which she walked three and struck out seven.

Patrick Henry with the win finishes the regular season 15-12 overall and 4-4 in City Western League play which put them in third place by themselves. They now wait to find out where they will be seeded for the Division I Playoffs which will occur tomorrow.



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