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Eagles get payback in Jaguar Classic
By Adam Paul
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EL CAJON (3-31-15) — The Granite Hills Eagles looked to even the score against Del Norte on Monday (Mar. 30) in the Jaguar Classic and were on the right side of the decision this time.
Having played the Nighthawks already in the Kit Carson Cougar Classic and losing 5-3, the Eagles this time around scored early and often to gain the 9-1 victory and avenge the earlier loss.
Things got rolling for the Eagles in the second inning as KATIE WALL reached on a fielder’s choice, BRIELLE TYSELING singled moving Wall to second, KAYLA MACK drove home Wall when she singled making it 1-0. KAREN CREECH continued the hit parade with a double that scored Tyseling, KAILA DEWITT was able to reach on an error that scored two runs, and JESSIE LAPIERRE finished off the scoring with an RBI double. After two innings the Eagles led 7-0 thanks to six hits in the inning.
The Nighthawks were able to get on the board in the third inning with their only run of the game to make the score 7-1. The Eagles would score both of their final runs in the fourth and fifth innings respectively.
Granite Hills was able to tally eleven hits including three extra base hits.
On the day in the circle it was Dewitt going the distance, giving up two hits, one run, striking out two and walked one.
SERRA 12, HOLTVILLE 0 — Traveling to the desert for a game can be a long and tiresome venture especially if you lose then it is even worse coming back.
This wasn’t the case for the Serra Conquistadors as they traveled to Holtville to take on the Vikings in the Bucs Classic and left no doubt as to which the better team was in the 12-0 victory on Monday (Mar. 30).
The Conquistadors early on made sure that their ride home would be enjoyable as they scored eight runs in their first three innings. The first inning saw them score six times thanks to six singles. ASHLEY BLAKELY, TAYLOR CURLEY, and VALERIE VALADEZ and JADZIA FREED all had RBI singles in the first. Serra was also able to score when Valadez took off from third and was able to swipe home.
In the circle, VIVIAN TOMOVICH dominated her three innings of work. She struck out five giving up no runs while only surrendering two hits. KYLIE BARTOLOME came in and finished the job striking out two and giving up three hits.
Interestingly enough of the 13 hits on the day for the Conquistadors all were singles except for a double in the fifth inning.
The Patriots were able to swipe seven bases on the day and also had six RBI as well.
PATRICK HENRY 17, HILLTOP 11 — In non-league action the Patrick Henry Patriots traveled to Hilltop High to take on the Lancers and even though it was a softball game a football game broke out as the contest didn’t lack for runs as the Patriots outlasted the Lancers 17-11.
The Patriots in the first two innings hammered out 10 runs thanks to an onslaught of base hits. SYDNEY JAMES would triple, scoring HANNAH McEWEN who had singled, CRISTIONA CACCAMISE would follow with an RBI double and would score on the single by ANYA VANDERSIP, who scored as well along with DANIELLE ROMERO.
Like the first inning the second inning was more of the same as Caccamise hammered a three run homerun, Vandersip followed with a single and came around to score on the triple by MADDIE BARRAZA to make it 10-4 through two innings.
The Lancers put up runs in the third and fourth innings. They would score two in the sixth and three in the seventh.
In the third inning for the Patriots, SIERRA ALTMEYER led off with a triple, Caccamise walked and up came Vandersip who with one swing of the bat on a 1-2 pitch crushed a three run blast.
The Patriots scored again in their half of the fourth inning and again in the sixth inning thanks to a two run dinger by Altmeyer. The final run came on a single by Vandersip that scored Caccamise.
On the day the Patriots smashed 22 hits that included three homeruns. Many players starred today for the Patriots. Among them Vandersip was 4-5 with 3 runs, 3 RBI, including a three-run homer, two doubles and a stolen base.
Caccamise was 3-4 with four runs, three RBI, including the three-run bomb, and a double along with two singles. Altmeyer was 2-3 with three runs, two RBI, a two-run homerun and a triple.
VALHALLA 9, MISSION BAY 0 — The Valhalla Norsemen traveled to Mission Bay High to take on the Buccaneers in the Bucs Classic, Monday (Mar. 30) and toppled the hosts 9-0.
The Norsemen behind the dominant pitching of LILY METSCH and TORY BASSETTE, who combined on a two hit shutout over seven innings, never looked back after scoring two runs early on.
It wasn’t just in the circle the dominance starred, but also the bats shined as well as the Norseman tallied 10 hits. Leading the way was the duo of senior KAYLIE HIPWELL 2-4, two runs and two RBI, and centerfielder DANIELLE UY also a senior who went 2-4 that included a monster two-run homer in the fifth over the left centerfield fence. She also finished with four RBI on the day.
HELIX 17, MONTGOMERY 3 — In Bucs Classic action on Monday (Mar. 30) the Helix Highlanders travelled to Montgomery High and came away with the easy 17-3 victory and gained their ninth victory of the season.
The pitching of SHAREENA LACHANCE put the Highlanders in line for the victory as she tossed a complete game for her fourth victory of the season.
Offensively the Highlanders were led by a multitude of players including DESTINI BULLOCK who went 3-4, including smashing a homerun and tallying four RBI along with stealing a base. JAYCIE MATTHEWS was 2-3 with a couple of singles and finally JAZMINE VELIZ went 3-4, scored a run and got on base via a base on balls.
SANTANA 9, SWEETWATER 1 — The Santana Sultans took on the Sweetwater Red Devils in the Bucs Classic, Monday (Mar. 30) and were able to gain the 9-1 victory.
Poole conquers Francis Parker
By Adam Paul
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SAN DIEGO (3-28-15) — The Serra Conquistadors looked to continue their winning ways as they took on Francis Parker in the Bucs Classic on Friday (Mar. 27).
Serra was able to lead early on and not look back as their offense just ran over the Lancers in the 13-3 victory. Francis Parker started the game with a leadoff triple and scored on a single but that didn’t deter the Conquistadors as they answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. DARBY TIBBITS led off with a single and would advance on the single by AMBER WOZNIAK, Tibbits would be out at third on a ground ball by ASHLEY BLAKELY but that would advance Wozniak to second base. Both Wozniak and Blakely would eventually score to lead 2-1.
In the bottom of the second inning LILY CANFIELD led things off and reached on an error, JORDYNN BARTOLOME came in as a courtesy runner for Canfield. She would eventually score, as well as VIVIAN TOMOVICH and KYLIE BARTOLOME. After two innings the Conquistadors led 5-1.
The Conquistadors were able to do the most damage in the bottom of the fourth as they posted five more runs to lead 10-3. Thanks to four base hits and a Lancer miscue the score became lopsided. Wozniak, TAYLOR CURLEY, TARYN JELLISON, Tomovich and Kylie Bartolome all crossed the plate to score. Serra would add three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to round out their scoring.
In the circle for the Conquistadors was MEGAN POOLE who went four innings and got the victory, giving up four hits, two runs and struck out a batter.
PATRICK HENRY 9, BONITA VISTA 6 — In a battle of top ten teams in the county the home team and No. 5 Patrick Henry Patriots were able to hold off the visiting No. 3 Bonita Vista Barons by a score of 9-6 in the Falcon Fiesta Tournament.
The Barons struck first with a couple of runs in the top of the first but that lead wouldn’t last long as the Patriots tied it up at 2-2 in the bottom of the inning. HANNAH McEWEN got on and with one swing of the bat SIERRA ALTMEYER clubbed a tying two run blast with two outs in the inning. Bonita Vista would score another run in the second inning only to see Patrick Henry tie the score once again with a run in their half of the second.
In the fourth inning the Patriots took the lead scoring two runs thanks to an Altmeyer single that scored McEwen. CASSIE VANTIL would score as well. The fifth inning saw both teams swap runs. In the bottom of the fifth inning the lone run by Patrick Henry came courtesy of a solo blast by ANYA VANDERSIP.
The Barons would try and rally scoring a run in the sixth inning but the Patriots rallied and scored three times in their half of the sixth. The Barons threatened in the last inning by scoring a run and had the tying run at the plate with two runners on but MADISON JAMES was able to end the game via a ground ball.
Patrick Henry on the day tallied eleven hits including the homeruns. Madison James stuck out five Baron batters for the victory.
GROSSMONT 4, VALLEY CENTER 3 — The Grossmont Foothillers traveled all the way to Valley Center on Friday (Mar. 27) to take on the Jaguars in the Jaguar Classic. After it was said and done it turned out to be a good trip as they were able to gain the victory 4-3 over the host team.
Looking to keep things going as they had in the previous game, the Foothillers struck early as they scored twice in the top of the first thanks to back-to-back hits by DESTINY BACON and CARLY PEARSON and up came MADDIE LINDSEY looking to continue where she left off against Santana. Like the previous day she was able to drive the offense with a single that scored both runners to take the early 2-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning the Foothillers scored again to make it 3-0. KAILEY DANIELS led off with a double and came around to score on LILI FLORES’ single.
However the Jaguars finally got on the board with runs in both the bottom of the third and fourth innings. They threatened again in the bottom of the fifth with one out as they had runners on second and third but Grossmont was able to get out that jam to preserve the lead.
It wouldn’t be until the top of the seventh inning that any more runs would be produced as Grossmont was able to push across another run. Pearson singled and scored all the way from first base on the double by TAYLOR BAEZ. Valley Center threatened in the bottom of the inning and had the tying run on but popped out to end the game.
CASSIDY DAVILA went the distance for Grossmont, giving up five hits and striking out three.
SANTANA 11, HOLTVILLE 1 — The Santana Sultans traveled all the way down to the desert Friday (Mar. 27) to take on the Holtville Vikings in the Bucs Classic and were able to enjoy the trip back as they crushed the Vikings 11-1.
The Sultans, looking to rebound after their loss the previous game to Grossmont, got things started quickly in the top of the first as CASSIDY MATTHIE led off with a single, she would score on the triple by MACKENZIE BENNETT, who would score on the next play as MACKENZIE REYNOLDS drove her in with a single.
In the bottom of the second Matthie would continue things with a double and would score on the single by SYDNEY VATES who would come around on Bennett’s double. After two full innings of play the Sultans led 5-1.
Santana would push across five more runs in the third inning to lead 10-1 and would round out the scoring with a lone run in the fourth inning.
Gaining the victory for the Sultans was Sydney Vates.
GRANITE HILLS 6, WESVEIW 5 — The Granite Hills Eagles hosted the Wolverines of Westview high in the Falcon Fiesta Tournament on Friday (Mar. 27). The Eagles rallied in the bottom of the seventh to take the contest 6-5.
The Wolverines scored in the top of the first inning to lead 1-0 but that wouldn’t last as Granite Hills scored twice to take the 2-1 lead. The lead would change hands as Westview scored two runs in the top of the third to lead 3-2.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Eagles would push across a run to tie the score. The lead would change again as the Wolverines pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth to lead 5-3. Granite Hills would chip at the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to 5-4 and then in the bottom of the last inning would push across two runs to ultimately win the contest.
For the game the Eagles tallied twelve hits.
Lyndsey powers Foothillers to victory
By Adam Paul
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SANTEE (5-27-15) — The Grossmont Foothillers traveled to Santana to take on the Sultans in non-league action on Thursday (Mar. 26).
The Foothillers belted out 23 hits on the day in the 11-3 victory and also had runners on in every inning. They got things rolling in the top of the first inning as CARLY PEARSON singled, and moved to third base on the double by TAYLOR BAEZ. The Foothillers’ KATIE APPENZELLER would then rope a two-run single, making it 2-0 early on in favor of Grossmont.
Grossmont in the second inning would add to their lead as they were able to score two more runs. Leading off the inning AMBER ALLMAN singled, ALEXIS COLLINS followed with a single and both would score on the booming double by Baez. In the bottom half of the second the Sultans got on the board as MACKENZIE REYNOLDS led off with a single and moved along on the double by LEXI CHAVARIN-MIRANDA. Reynolds scored when SOPHIE MARTORANA singled on a 1-2 pitch. After two innings of play the Foothillers led the Sultans 4-1.
In the third inning the Foothillers tacked on another run and in the fourth inning scored two more runs. Baez walked and up came MADDIE LYNDSEY who got a hold of one and jacked her first homerun of the two-run variety. The Sultans looking to get back into the game did their best to do so in the bottom of the fifth inning when SYDNEY VATES clubbed a solo homerun to make it 7-2.
The Sultans would tack on their final run in the bottom of the sixth as CELINE MENARD singled and stole second base and scored when Martorana singled to make the score 7-3. That was as close as the Sultans would get as Grossmont tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh.
Leading off the seventh, DESTINY BACON was able to reach on an error and Pearson doubled putting runners at second and third. Baez came to the plate and doubled in both Bacon and Pearson and then proceeded to steal third base. Up came Appenzeller who hit a sac-fly scoring Baez. CHLOE CAMARERO singled and would score on the single by AMBER ALLMANN.
On the day it was Baez who did the damage against the Sultans as she hit three doubles and scored three runs while going 3-4.
GRANITE HILLS 12, FALLBROOK 0 — In Jaguar Classic action, Thursday (Mar. 26) the Granite Hills Eagles traveled to Fallbrook to take on the Warriors, looking to rebound from their close loss in their previous contest. The Eagles were able to accomplish the task by routing the Warriors 12-0.
The rout started for the Eagles in the top of the first inning starting with back-to-back singles by KAREN CREECH and KAILA DEWITT. The Eagles had runners on first and second when VICTORIA HATHAWAY stepped to the plate and struck lightning with her crushing double that scored both Creech and Dewitt. She would move to third base on an overthrow and score on a fielder’s choice by JESSE LAPIERRE. HALLE KYLER would reach on a fielder’s choice and score on a single by NICOLE GLIKO. After it was all said and done for the first inning the Eagles led 4-0.
The Eagles would add two more runs in the third inning thanks to a couple of errors that would score on a single by CASSIDY SHEW and a ground out by Gliko to lead 6-0. The fourth frame saw the Eagles score again to lead 7-0.
In the sixth and final frame the Eagles did the most damage putting up five runs.
The start of the sixth inning saw KARA BLANCHARD lead off with a single, Creech reach on an error and both came around to score when RILEY JO AGERBEEK was able to reach on another error. She scored on the booming double by Kyler, and Kyler was able to score as Shew reached on another error by the Warriors. Shew found herself crossing home plate on the hard hit double by MEGAN ERICKSON to round out the scoring.
Taking the circle and going the distance for the Eagles was Gliko who limited the Warriors to two hits and struck out one.
MONTE VISTA 12, MORSE 10 — The Monte Vista Monarchs took on the Morse Tigers in non-league action on Thursday (Mar. 26) and were able to hang on in a nail biter 12-10.
In the top of the first inning the Tigers were able to push across three runs to lead 3-0. In the bottom of the first inning the Monarchs took full advantage of a leadoff walk by CYNTHIA VALENCIA who stole second base and would move over to third on a passed ball, and would score on a fly ball by GENNA HENDERSON. SIERRA GOLDHAGEN and EMILY BODTKE both would score when HANNAH CAOLE blasted a double and she would score as BRITNEY JACOBSON reached on an error. After one full inning of play the Monarchs led 5-3.
The second inning saw the Monarchs score three more times as Valencia led off with another single. She would come around as JAYDE GOLDHAGEN would nail a triple and she would score on the very next play as Henderson doubled and later scored in the inning.
The Monarchs led 8-7 after two innings of play when Morse scored four times in the top half. Monte Vista would score again in the third inning and three more times in the bottom of the fifth inning. They were able to shut down the Tigers until the top of the seventh inning when they put up three runs but got no closer as the Monarchs got the final out to end the game.
For the Monarchs Goldhagen went 3-4 and narrowly missed hitting for the cycle by a homerun.
STEELE CANYON 7, OCEANSIDE 1 — The Steele Canyon Cougars took on Oceanside in Jaguar Classic action and came away with the victory 7-1.
In the first inning the Pirates took the 1-0 lead when they pushed across a run but the Cougars answered by scoring three of their own to lead 3-1. The Cougars would score two more in the bottom of the second inning to lead 5-1 and would score a run in both the bottom of the fourth and fifth inning to round out the scoring.
Leading the Cougars offensively was MAKAYLA McCARTHY (2-4, R, 2 RBI) and ASHLEY TAVIZON (2-3, 2 RBI).
Besides doing damage at the plate, McCarthy terrorized the Pirates going the full distance for the victory while giving up the one run on six hits while striking out eight.
DEL NORTE 4, CHRISTIAN 3 — The Christian High Patriots traveled Thursday (Mar. 26) to Del Norte for a Jaguar Classic contest and were upended 4-3.
The Nighthawks tallied nine hits in the victory. No other information WAS provided.
Eagles drop a seesaw game to Mira Mesa
By Adam Paul
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SAN DIEGO (3-26-15) — In a back and forth Falcon Fiesta Tournament clash between the Granite Hills Eagles and the Mira Mesa Marauders on Wednesday (Mar. 25) it was the Marauders claiming the seesaw affair 11-9.
In the top of the first the Granite Hills Eagles were able to strike first pushing across three runs. For the Eagles leading off KAREN KREECH walked, VICTORIA HATHAWAY singled, HALLE KYLER reached on an error that scored both Kreech and Hathaway, finally KAILA DEWITT doubled in Kyler.
The Eagles pushed another run across in the second inning to lead 4-0 early on but Mira Mesa answered in the bottom of the second thanks to a couple of Eagles miscues and also a hit by pitch and a fielder’s choice. After two full innings of play the score stood 4-3 in favor of Granite Hills.
The Eagles were able to extend their lead to 6-3 in the top of the third inning as KATIE WALL knocked in both Dewitt and NICOLE GLIKO. In the bottom of the fourth the Marauders answered with three runs to tie the score at 6-6. The Marauders took their first lead of the ballgame in the bottom of the fifth inning on a solo homerun by JORDYN NOWAKOWSKI to make it 7-6.
Mira Mesa in the bottom of the sixth inning was able to add to their lead with four runs thanks to a grand slam.
In the top of the seventh inning and trailing 11-6, the Eagles looked to rally and did their darndest by scoring three runs. Leading off for the Eagles was Hathaway who was able to reach on an error and was able to score when JESSIE LAPIERRIE doubled, Kyler reached on an error which moved LaPierre over to third, Dewitt grounder to short allowed LaPierre to score. Wall came to the plate with one out and the score now 11-8 looking to do some damage and she was able to as she singled,thus scoring Kyler which made the score 11-9.
The Marauders were able to get the next two batters out, thus ending anymore further rallying by the Eagles.
Villegas powers Norseman to victory
By Adam Paul
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LA MESA (3-25-15) — The Valhalla Norsemen traveled to La Mesa to take on the Helix Highlanders in the Bucs Classic, Tuesday (Mar. 24) and were able to spread the wealth offensively in the 14-5 victory.
The Norsemen got things going in the top of the first as BRANDI KOHEL singled, KENNEDY LABSHERE was hit by a pitch moving Kohel to second, DANIELLE UY reached on an error and KATIE SCHMIDT singled scoring Kohel. Valhalla would strike again in the second inning scoring twice as ALEXIS INGRASSIA reached on an error and came around to score on the booming triple by VICTORIA VILLEGAS who would score when KAYLIE HIPWELL was able to sacrifice. After two full innings of play the Norseman led 3-0.
The top of the third inning, like the previous, was all Valhalla as they were able to push across five more runs thanks in part to six base hits. Labshere led off with a single, Uy singled, Katie Schmidt singled which gave the Norsemen the bases loaded with no outs. ANNAMARIE IULIANO looked to do some damage and was able to as she singled, bringing home both Labshere and Uy. Ingrassia was able to bring home another run with her sacrifice and Villegas singled, bringing home another run. After three innings the score was 8-0.
Valhalla was already staked to a healthy lead and looked to do more damage in the fourth inning and did so by scoring five more times. The crushing blow came from Villegas who bombed a 200 foot three run homer over the right center fence. She would do the same thing again in the sixth inning, this time a solo shot pretty much to the exact same place as her first of the day.
Helix would score two runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings.
Villegas, a freshman, had one monster of an offensive day at the plate going a perfect 4 for 4, four runs, six RBI, a triple and two Home Runs to help propel the Norsemen to the victory.
LILY METSCH would get the victory going five innings, six hits, four runs of which three were earned and struck out four. TORI BASSETTE would come in for one inning to give up two hits and strike out 1.
GROSSMONT 17, SAN PASQUAL 13 — In a contest that resembled more of a football game the Grossmont Foothillers were able to come out on top versus San Pasqual 17-13 in a Jaguar Classic Tournament contest, Monday (Mar. 24) at Grossmont High.
In the top of the first inning the Eagles put up some offense by scoring 6 runs while sending 10 batters to the plate. Grossmont finally got out of it but couldn’t do anything in their half of the first inning, thus trailing 6-0.
San Pasqual scored two more times in the top of the second to lead 8-0. Now many would think that this was a lead that was too large to come back from but the Foothillers had other ideas and put them to use in the bottom half of the third inning as the leadoff single led to a spark that scored seven runs.
The Foothillers shut down the Eagles in the top of the fourth and in the bottom of the inning they took the lead for the first time in the game by scoring six runs to lead 13-8. Grossmont would score one in the fifth inning to make it 14-8. The sixth inning saw both teams put up runs as the Eagles scored two and Grossmont pushed across three of their own and led 17-11 after six full innings of play.
Things got interesting as the Eagles scored three times in the seventh to make it 17-14 and actually had the bases loaded with two outs. The Foothillers were able to get out of the jam thus giving them the victory.
CASSIDY DAVILLA of Grossmont was brought in to pitch in the third inning and she was able to claim the victory. Besides pitching she helped herself out at the plate going 2-2 with 2 RBI. LILI FLORES went 3-4 and 2 RBI; DESTINY BACON 2-5, scored 2 R and had what would be the game winning RBI in the fourth inning.
PATRICK HENRY 8, MT. CARMEL 0 (5 inn.) — In Falcon Fiesta tournament action on Tuesday (Mar. 24) the Patriots of Patrick Henry took on Mt. Carmel and blanked them 8-0.
The Patriots scored four times in the bottom of the fourth inning. For Patrick Henry ANYA VANDERSIP led off with a single, CASSIE VAN TIL singled which enabled Vandersip to move to third base, Van Til, saw that she could took advantage of the pitcher and stole second base. HANNAH McEWEN flied out which scored Vandersip, SYDNEY JAMES with 2 outs singled scoring Van Til to make it 2-0. Next up SIERRA ALTMEYER looking to add to the score did just that by crushing a 2-run homerun to make it 4-0 Patriots.
Patrick Henry would tack on four more runs in the fifth inning as DANIELLE ROMERO, MADDIE BARRAZA, Van Til and REBECCA DELAROSA all scored to make it 8-0, which would end the game after five innings.
MADISON JAMES got the victory for the Patriots, going the distance and giving up just 1 hit while striking out 4.
SERRA 7, SWEETWATER 2 — The Conquistadors of Serra High took on the Sweetwater Red Devils in the Bucs Classic on Tuesday (Mar. 24) and came away with the 7-2 victory.
The big boppers for Serra came out to play as ASHLEY BLAKELY pounded out three extra base hits including two triples and a double. Her triple in the first inning put Serra up 2-0 and she would score on a single by TAYLOR CURLEY to make it 3-0. She would score again on a single by ALYSA McGUIRE to lead 4-0 after one inning of play.
In the second inning the Conquistadors would score another run thanks to a triple by VIVIAN TOMOVICH who would then score on the ground out by AMBER WOZNIAK to make it 5-0.
After scoring another run in the third inning to make it 6-0 the Red Devils would finally get on the board in the top of the fourth, scoring one run and they would put up another run in the seventh.
Serra would score one more run in the bottom of the sixth when KRISTA RASK would blast a solo homerun.
Taking the circle for Serra would be DARBY TIBBETS who gained the victory. She went 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, and 1 earned run while striking out 1. In relief came up in KYLIE BARTOLOME who went 3 innings, gave up 4 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 2.
MONTE VISTA 14, HIGH TECH-CF 2 (5 inn.) — In non-league action the Monte Vista Monarchs were able to easily win against High Tech-CV by a score of 14-2 on Tuesday (Mar. 24) in Spring Valley.
The Monarchs, thanks in part to an explosive offense, were able to end the game after 5 innings. One of the big contributors for the Monarchs was SIERRA GOLDHAGEN who finished 3-4 with 2 triples and a double.
MORSE 15, MOUNT MIGUEL 5 — The Mount Miguel Matadors traveled to Morse for non-league action, Tuesday (Mar. 24) and were unable to overcome their defensive mistakes in the 15-5 loss.
The Matadors in the top of the first inning were able to jump on the Hornets 4-0 but the Tigers answered in the bottom half, scoring 7 runs to lead 7-4.
In the second inning the Tigers scored another run to make it 8-4. Mount Miguel in the top of the third inning looked to get back into the game as they were only down 8-5 after scoring a run.
Unfortunately for the Matadors their offense didn’t do much of anything else as they were limited to only 6 hits for the game. The Tigers were able to score 7 runs total for both the fourth and fifth innings to round out the scoring.
Offensively for the Matadors CIERRA CONWRIGHT went 2-3 with 2 runs, RASHONNA McCOY 2 RBI and GIO MONRREAL had 2 RBI as well.
IMPERIAL 11, VAQUEROS 3 — The El Capitan Vaqueros took on the Imperial Tigers in non-league action in Lakeside, Tuesday (Mar 24) and dropped the contest 11-3.
The Vaqueros came up to bat in the bottom of the first and were able to push across a run to tie the score at 1-1. In the bottom of the second the Vaqueros scored twice to lead 3-1.
Despite the early lead by El Capitan, the Tigers fought back to score three times in the top of the fourth inning and then scored five more times in the top of the fifth inning. They would round out the scoring by pushing across two more in the top of the seventh inning.
The Vaqueros were limited to 5 hits on the day but that wasn’t what cost them the game. The glaring number in the game was the fact that the Vaqueros committed 9 errors of which the Tigers took full advantage.
KAYLA KRULL and GRACE BURKETT of the Vaqueros each had a double and an RBI.
Eagles hold on to defeat Mustangs for tournament win
By Adam Paul
© East County Sports.com
EL CAJON (3-24-15) — In what was a wild game Monday (Mar. 23) in the Falcon Fiesta Tournament between the Granite Hills Eagles and the Otay Ranch Mustangs, it was the Eagles hanging on for the 7-6 victory.
The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on in the bottom of the second thanks to a couple of base hits and an error. HALLE KYLER reached on an error, KAREN CREECH was able to lay down the bunt and reach sending Kyler to second, CASSIDY SHEW then walked so with the bases loaded and less than two outs the Eagles looked to do some damage. KATIE WALL drilled a double, scoring both Kyler and Creech to stake Granite Hills to the lead.
The Eagles would push across three more runs in the bottom of the third inning as VICTORIA HATHAWAY, JESSIE LAPIERRE, and Kyler all were able to score to extend the Eagle lead to 5-0.
In the top of the fourth inning the Mustangs looked to cut into the deficit and were able to as they rallied for four runs. Thanks to a walk and a couple of base hits including a homerun the score was now 5-4.
The Mustangs would tie the score at 5-5 in the top of the fifth inning but that wouldn’t last long as the Eagles were able to break the tie by scoring two runs to lead 7-5. The Eagles took advantage of a couple of Mustang miscues along with a couple of singles to lead for good.
In the top of the seventh inning the Mustangs made things interesting by pushing across a run to pull within one at 7-6 but couldn’t do anything else as Kyler got the final out to finish the game.
Offensively for the Eagles they finished with six hits. Karen Creech 2-3, 2 R, RBI; Cassidy Shew 1 R, RBI; Katie Wall 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R; Halle Kyler 2 R; KAYLA MACK 1-3, R; Jessie LaPierre 1 R; Victoria Hathaway 1 R.
CHRISTIAN 15, SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 5 (6 inn.) – In non-league action, Monday (Mar. 23) the Christian High Patriots traveled up the freeway to the NorthCounty to take on Santa Fe Christian and won easily 15-5 in six innings.
Offensively for the Patriots it was the duo of GABBY GRABOWSKI and ANNA SHERBURNE who made sure they were not leaving without the victory. Grabowski went 4-5 while Sherburne jacked a homerun and a double in the rout.
It wasn’t just the bats that were alive for the Patriots but the pitching as well. Grabowski, besides having a stellar day on the offensive side, did all she could in the circle, going 5 strong innings to gain the victory. ANNA CARTER came in to finish the ball game in the last inning and helped shut the door on Santa Fe Christian.
The Patriots with the victory now have built themselves a nice 8 game winning streak.
SANTANA 7, FRANCIS PARKER 4 – The Santana Sultans looked to build off of their first victory from this past Saturday and looked to do so at the expense of the Lancers of Francis Parker in the Bucs Classic, Monday (Mar. 23).
Santana was able to pull the momentum and get the victory 7-4 and extend their winning streak to two games.
The Sultans in the first inning were able to push across two runs thanks to a single by CASSIDY MATTHIE who moved to second on a passed ball, SYDNEY VATES singled and MACKENZIE BENNETT drove in a run with a single.
Francis Parker, trailing 2-0, put up a run of their own to make it 2-1 after one inning of play.
In the third inning the Sultans scored again when Vates led off with a single and stole second. An error by the Lancer centerfielder would allow Vates to score to make it 3-1. The Lancers answered in their bottom half of the inning with a run to make it 3-2.
In the top of the fourth for the Sultans again it was the duo of Matthie and Vates terrorizing the Lancers. Matthie banged a double and Vates singled.
The Sultans extended their lead in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs on an error by Francis Parker that allowed SYDNEY BENJAMIN to reach safely. Mackenzie Reynolds hit a single that went all the way to the left field fence and LEXI CHAVARIN bombed a two run double over the left fielder’s head.
Santana would score one more time to round out their scoring in the top of the sixth inning thanks once again to Matthie who doubled, stole third and scored when she raced home as the Lancer catcher dropped what was called a third strike.
The Lancers scored one run in each of the bottom of the sixth and seventh inning to pull within 7-4.
The bottom half of the seventh inning brought the most drama to the game as the Lancers were able to score and have the bases loaded. Despite the jam SOPHIA MARTORANA remained calm and cool as all can be and was able to get the Lancer batter to ground out to ALEXYS BARRY at second base to end the game. Martorana on the day went six strong innings to gain the victory.
SAN DIEGUITO ACADEMY 14, GROSSMONT 2 – The Grossmont Foothillers traveled to San Dieguito Academy, Monday (Mar. 23) for Falcon Fiesta Tournament action and unfortunately came out on the wrong end 14-2.
Grossmont was able to take the early lead 2-0 after one half inning but the Mustangs offense came alive and scored early and often to put the game away.
Cougars, Highlanders sweep pair of victories on busy tournament day
By Adam Paul
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CHULA VISTA (3-22-15) — The Steele Canyon Cougars looked to get things going early on when they took on Central in game one of the Hilltop Tournament at Hilltop High, Saturday (Mar. 21). The Cougars rolled to the 8-0 victory.
The Cougars took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning as JENNA RITTER reached on a fielder’s choice and KENDRA BUCKLEY continued her monster week by crushing an RBI triple to give the Cougars the 1-0 lead. In the second inning EMMA DODSON doubled and later came around to score on the RBI single by ASHLEY TAVIZON.
The third inning was more of the same for the Cougars as they pushed across four runs to make it 6-0. Ritter, Buckley, KYLIE MINSHEW and Dodson all scored in the inning. In the fourth inning it was GENTRY HOFFMAN who crushed a homerun to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead. They would push across another run in the sixth inning when MAKAYLA STROMENGER tripled and Ritter knocked her in to round out the scoring.
Buckley went the distance for the Cougars in game one, giving up 4 hits while striking out 8.
STEELE CANYON 8, EC-SOUTHWEST 5 – In the afternoon cap the Steele Canyon Cougars looked to use the momentum from the first game as they defeated EC-Southwest in the Hilltop Tournament at Hilltop High, Saturday (Mar. 21) by a score of 8-5.
Steele Canyon got things going in the first inning as they pushed across three runs to lead it 3-0. GENTRY HOFFMAN led off with a single, MAKAYLA STROMENGER singled, KENDRA BUCKLEY singled bringing in Hoffman, MAKAYLA McCARTHY singled scoring Stromenger and KYLIE MINSHEW singled scoring Buckley.
In the third inning Buckley singled and scored, McCarthy doubled and scored, and SAMANTHA MILLER scored giving the Cougars a 6-0 lead.
The Cougars in their half of the fourth inning scored another run thanks to a homerun by Stromenger who crushed it. Since there was no fence, the ball continued to roll as it got by the outfielder thus allowing Stromenger to gain the homerun.
Despite leading 7-0 going into the bottom of the fifth the Eagles of EC-Southwest did their best to get back into the game as they pushed a run across and scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to pull within 7-5.
The Cougars tacked on another run in the top of the seventh as McCarthy scored. McCarthy, like Buckley in the first game, also went the distance, giving up 5 runs, 3 earned on 5 hits while striking out 8.
HELIX 10, MADISON 6 – The Helix Highlanders saw themselves down 5-0 through three innings of the first game of the Duds By Dudes Tournament on Saturday (Mar. 21) against the Madison Warhawks but came alive in the latter innings to snatch victory 10-6.
It was a rocky start for SHAREENA LaCHANCE who got the start for Helix as she gave up a three run homer as Madison led early on. Helix Coach EMILY KOWALSKI decided to make a pitching change, bringing in BRIANA REED for relief. This change jump-started the comeback as she was able to keep Helix in the game by shutting down Madison.
In the fifth inning the Highlanders finally broke through as MCKENZIE FLORES led off with an infield single, VICTORIA CYMAN reached on a fielder’s choice and that brought up JASMINE VELIZ who blasted a double that scored Cyman. The came KENDI SWINTON, a junior varsity call up who was able to knock in a run with a single. CLARISSA SMITH had an RBI single and DESTINI BULLOCK tied the game with an RBI single.
Swinton did it again in the sixth inning with a single that brought h
ome Cyman. Helix was able to add four more runs for insurance purposes.
HELIX 13, CALVIN CHRISTIAN 0 – In the afternoon game the Highlanders jumped all over Calvin Christian 13-0 in the Duds By Dudes Tournament on Saturday (Mar. 21).
Helix raced out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. VICTORIA CYMAN took the circle for the Highlanders and gained her first win of the season going the full six innings, striking out four and giving up only two hits.
VALHALLA 3, EASTLAKE 2 – Despite being down late in the game the Valhalla Norsemen came from behind to take the 3-2 victory over the Eastlake Titans in the Hilltop Tournament on Saturday (Mar. 21).
Early on Eastlake jumped out to a 2-0 lead and shut down the Norsemen through four full innings. However things changed in the fifth inning as the Norsemen awoke thanks to three key singles and a walk. KAYLIE HIPWELL, ANNAMARIE IULIANO, and LADY SARA FEDERICO all scored in the inning.
ABIGAIL METSCH went the distance for Valhalla for the victory.
SCRIPPS RANCH 7, VALHALLA 2 – In the semifinals, second game of the day, it was Scripps Ranch jumping out to the early 5-0 lead and not looking back in the 7-2 victory over Valhalla in the Hilltop Tournament on Saturday (Mar. 21).
Scoring the only runs of the game for the Norseman was LILY METSCH and BRANDI KOHEL.
SERRA 8, LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 0 – Serra High was able to blank La Jolla Country Day 8-0 in game one of the day thanks to a buzz saw offense and dominant pitching in the Duds By Dudes Tournament on Saturday (Mar. 21).
The Conquistadors scored in the second inning when JADZIA FREED doubled and moved over to third on a passed ball and came in on a grounder by LILY CANFIELD thus giving Serra a 1-0 lead. In the third inning, DARBY TIBBETTS led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch.
AMBER WOZNIAK came up and blasted a two run homerun which gave her consecutive days with a homerun to make it 3-0.
Serra would score three more runs in the fourth inning thanks to three hits in the inning and they would put up one more in the sixth inning to finish out the scoring.
Offensively for the Conquistadors Tibbetts was 3-4 with 3 runs, Wozniak was 2-4 with a home run and 3 RBI, ASHLEY BLAKELY was 3-4 with 2 RBI and VIVIAN TOMOVICH was 1-3 with a run and 2 RBI.
MEGAN POOLE got the complete game shutout, limiting LJCD to 3 hits while striking out 2.
BURROUGHS 7, SERRA 0 – Trying to keep the momentum in the Duds By Dudes Tournament on Saturday (Mar. 21) the Conquistadors of Serra High tried to continue from the morning game but were unsuccessful against Burroughs High, dropping the contest 7-0 in game two.
Serra was unable to muster much of an offense as they only were able to gain 7 hits throughout the game.
Burroughs scored in the top of the third inning to lead 1-0. They would score three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth inning they hit back-to-back homeruns. The first one was a two run shot and the second was a solo shot.
VIVIAN TOMOVICH took the loss for Serra as she only went five innings, allowing four runs of which three were earned.
OTAY RANCH 9, SANTANA 1 – The Santana Sultans were able to get a split on the day in the Hilltop Tournament at Otay Ranch Saturday (Mar. 21).
In the early game the Sultans dropped the contest to host Otay Ranch 9-1. Offensively for Santana it was JORDAN TEEGARDIN and MACKENZIE BENNETT who each had two hits on the day. The Sultans scored their lone run in the top of the second inning when ALEXYS BARRY laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Teegardin.
SANTANA 10, MAR VISTA 0 – In the afternoon game versus Mar Vista the Santana Sultans finally got off the schneid with their first victory of the season by shutout 10-0.
The Sultans scored four times in the first inning and once in the second but broke the game open when they pushed five runs across in the fourth inning. In the fourth inning the damage was done when MACKENZIE BENNETT cleared the bases with her bases loaded triple.
The Sultans on the day pounded out 10 hits thanks to multi-hit days by multiple players including Bennett who went 2-2 with one run and 4 RBI, SYDNEY VATES who was 2-3 with 2 runs and an RBI, and SYDNEY BENJAMIN who finished 2-3 with a run and an RBI.
Vates took the circle and got the victory going 4 innings and struck out 3, SOPHIA MARTORANA came in for an inning and struck out all three batters she faced to finish out the game.
MOUNT MIGUEL 7, EL CAJON VALLEY 2 – In early action of the Matador Softball Classic on Saturday (Mar. 21) the Mount Miguel Matadors took on the El Cajon Valley Braves and gained the 7-2 victory.
The Matadors were able to score two runs in the bottom of the first inning to lead 2-1 and didn’t look back as they scored two runs in both the second and third innings. The Braves scored their only other run in the top of the fourth and MountMiguel scored their other run in the bottom half.
Leading the charge for the Matadors offensively was the trio of STEPHANIE HERRERA, JULIETTE HARRIS, and CIERRA CONWRITE who each had two hits. Conwright also knocked in two runs.
Herrera gained the victory while only giving up three hits and striking out nine.
SWEETWATER 7, MOUNT MIGUEL 6 – The Mount Miguel Matadors jumped on the Sweetwater Red Devils early on in the afternoon semifinals but couldn’t maintain the lead as they dropped the decision 7-6 in the Matador Softball Classic on Saturday (Mar. 21).
It was all MountMiguel up front as they rolled up an early 6-4 lead after three innings of play. Unfortunately in the bottom of the fourth the Red Devils put up four runs to take the victory.
For the Matadors once again STEPHANIE HERRERA had two hits and knocked in two runs. DEANNA HERNANDEZ also knocked in a run for MountMiguel.
MONTE VISTA 12, LINCOLN 0 (5 inn.) – The Monte Vista Monarchs took on the Lincoln Hornets in game one of the Matador Softball Classic on Saturday (Mar. 21) and shut them out 12-0.
The Monarchs scored early and often as they were able to run rule the Hornets and end the game after five innings.
SWEETWATER 5, MONTE VISTA 2 – In the afternoon cap the Sweetwater Red Devils were able to hold on and beat the Monte Vista Monarchs 5-2 in the Matador Softball Classic on Saturday (Mar. 21).
MATER DEI 9, EL CAPITAN 3 – In game one of Hilltop Tournament action at Otay Ranch on Saturday (Mar. 21) the El Capitan Vaqueros dropped a 9-3 decision to Mater Dei.
The Crusaders scored five runs in the top of the first inning and two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. El Capitan got on the board in the bottom of the third inning and was able to push two more runs across in the bottom of the fifth inning.
CLAIREMONT 9, EL CAPITAN 0 – Looking to rebound in the second game of the day, the El Capitan Vaqueros took on the Clairemont Chieftains and lost 9-0 in the Hilltop Tournament at Otay Ranch on Saturday (Mar. 21).
The Chieftains pounded out 13 hits while limiting the Vaqueros to only four in the victory.
Patriots get HR, three RBI from Caccamise in win over Jags
By Adam Paul
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VALLEY CENTER (3-21-15) — The Patrick Henry Patriots continued their winning ways on Friday (Mar. 20) against the Valley Center Jaguars dispatching them by a score of 7-2.
The Patriots scored their first two runs in the top of the first inning when HANNAH McEWEN started things off with a single and moved over on SYDNEY JAMES single which resulted in the shortstop committing an error and moving both runners over. So with runners now at second and third the Patriots were in business. SIERRA ALTMEYER would hit a grounder to second base that was able to score McEwen and James came in on the sacrifice fly by CHRISTIONA CACCAMISE.
The Patriots would score two more runs in the sixth inning when Caccamise nailed a two-run homerun. They would round out their scoring with three in the seventh inning.
Pitching wise for the Patriots MADISON “MJ” JAMES was her dominating self in limiting the Jaguars to only 5 hits while striking out 15.
BURROUGHS 16, HELIX 1 – The Helix Highlanders winning ways came to halt on Friday (Mar. 20) against Burroughs in the Duds by Dudes tournament as they dropped the contest 16-1.
For the Highlanders their only run on the evening came in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI double by JASMINE VALEZ that brought in McKENZIE FLORES who had singled in her at bat.
OLYMPIAN 7, STEELE CANYON 5 – The Steele Canyon Cougars traveled to Olympian High on Friday (Mar. 20) for a non-league contest and dropped a close contest 7-5.
The Cougars led early on by scoring two runs in the top of the first but couldn’t hold on as Olympian scored three times in the bottom half of the inning.
The Eagles would tack on two in the second and two more in the bottom of the fourth. The Cougars attempted to make the comeback scoring twice in the top of the fourth and once in the fifth but were shut down the rest of the way.
For the second day in a row KENDRA BUCKLEY went 3-4 and jacked a homerun. She also scored two runs to round out her day.
SERRA 4, OCEANSIDE 1 – The Serra Conquistadors looked to extend their winning streak to two games against the Oceanside Pirates and were successful in the task, claiming the victory 4-1 on Friday (Mar. 20) in the Duds by Dudes Tournament.
The Conquistadors were able to get things going in the second inning as they scored a run via an error by the Pirates. TARYN JELLISON led off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball and would come around to score on an error by the Pirate third baseman. Serra led 1-0 and never looked back.
In the third inning Serra increased its lead thanks to a leadoff bomb over the left field fence by AMBER WOZNIAK. The other two runs came when VIVIAN TOMOVICH doubled and came around to score on a single by Jellison. She scored on another error by the Pirates to make it 4-0.
The Pirates lone run came in the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the circle for Serra was DARBY TIBBETTS who gained the win going six full innings, only allowing the one run.
Offensively for Serra it was a trio led by Wozniak (2-3, a homerun, an RBI and one run scored), Tomovich (2-3 with a run scored) and Jellison (2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored) that carried the load.
SAN DIEGO 9, MONTE VISTA 2 – The San Diego Cavers traveled to Spring Valley Friday (Mar. 20) to take on the Monte Vista Monarchs in a Matador Softball Classic clash and put up enough runs early to take the victory 9-2.
The lone runs for the Monarchs came in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a walk, a single and an error by the Cavers.
Cyman leads way for Highlanders
By Adam Paul
East County Sports.com
SAN DIEGO (3-20-15) — The Helix Highlanders struggled early on in the Duds By Dudes Tournament but finally got it going from the fourth inning on against Holtville to pullout the 9-0 victory.
Despite struggling to find any type of offense in the first few innings the Highlanders found their groove in the fourth when they were able to push across four runs. McKENZIE FLORES led off with a single and moved over on a double by VICTORIA CYMAN. Flores scored when SHAREENA LaCHANCE hit a sacrifice fly. JAZMINE VELIZ followed up with an RBI single. BRIANNA REED later in the inning knocked in a couple of runs on a single.
The Highlanders added five more runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and because the tournament had an eight run rule the game was called.
Another key to the victory was the dominant pitching by freshman LaChance who hurled a no-hitter going the full six innings, struck out four and only allowed one baserunner that reached on an error.
Big bats on the day for the Highlanders belonged to BELLA MENA 1-2 with two RBI, Cyman 3-4 with two doubles, a RBI and a run scored, Flores 3-4 with a RBI and two runs scored.
MONTE VISTA 23, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 1 — The Monte Vista Monarchs took on the Knights of Foothills Christian in the Matador Softball Classic and were able to gain the victory 23-1.
The offense was jumping for the Monarchs as they scored early and often, putting up nine runs in the first and nine in the second and finally five in the fifth inning.
BRAWLEY 5, VALHALLA 2 — Despite leading early on in the Hilltop Tournament clash the Valhalla Norseman couldn’t hold on as the visiting Brawley Wildcats were able to comeback for the 5-2 victory on Thurs (Mar 19).
In the top of the first inning the Wildcats with two outs were able to get back-to-back doubles to lead 1-0 but that wouldn’t last as it would be tied after one inning.
|Rachel Shellstrom blasts her first home run. Photo Courtesy of James Nogi.|
In the bottom half of the first Valhalla was able to tie it thanks to RACHEL SHELLSTROM who jacked a solo shot over the left center fence. It was the first homerun of her high school career.
In the bottom of the third inning it was Shelstrom again with a single and she would later score via a passed ball, giving the Norseman the 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately that lead wouldn’t last as Brawley scored in the top of the fourth and put up two more in the fifth and one more in the top of the seventh.
IMPERIAL 5, SANTANA 1 — It was a good day for teams traveling from the desert as the Tigers of Imperial wouldn’t have a long ride back as they gained the 5-1 victory over the Santana Sultans in the Hilltop Tournament on Thursday (Mar. 19).
The Tigers scored in the top of the first, three times in the third and once in the sixth to round out their day. The lone run for the Sultans came in the bottom of the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning for the Sultans, JORDAN TEEGARDIN singled and stole second base, LEXI CHAVARIN-MIRANDA doubled to score Teegardin.
Another highlight for the Sultans was MACKENZIE BENNETT going 2-3 on the day.
SERRA 7, CHULA VISTA 0 — The Serra Conquistadors jumped out to an early lead on Chula Vista and captured a 7-0 victory in the Duds by Dudes Tournament on Thursday (Mar. 19).
Six runs in the first three innings allowed Serra to put the game away early.
A two-run double by AMBER WOZNIAK during the first inning and an error in the second inning fueled the Conquistadors’ offense early.
VIVIAN TOMOVICH racked up two RBIs on two hits for Serra. She singled in the second inning and doubled in the third inning.
Chula Vista wasn't able to score a run off of MEGAN POOLE during her six innings in the circle. Poole struck out three and allowed no walks and five hits.
RANCHO BUENA VISTA 13, GROSSMONT 0 — In first day action of the Falcon Fiesta Tournament the Grossmont Foothillers ran into a tough foe in the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns dropping the decision 13-0 on Thursday (Mar. 19).
The Longhorns scored early and pretty much put the game away after the first few innings. Grossmont on the day couldn’t get anything going offensively as they were limited to only two hits.
HILLTOP 12, STEELE CANYON 7 — The Steele Canyon Cougars faced the host team Hilltop in the Hilltop Tournament on Thurs (Mar 19) and dropped the back and forth game 12-7.
Offensively for the Cougars, KENDRA BUCKLEY shined at the plate as she went 3-4, laced two triples and roped a homerun.
EL CAJON VALLEY vs. CASTLE PARK — No score or details reported for this game.
In earlier action this season El Cajon Valley beat Kearny 16-8. Junior pitcher SAVANNAH SOBOTKA had 15 strikeouts against the Komets, and in a 6-4 win over Lincoln she had 12 strikeouts. In a 22-0 loss to Morse Sobotka had 5 strikeouts.
Vaqueros' Henzi, Rogale have big days
By Adam Paul
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SPRING VALLEY (3-19-15) — On Wednesday (Mar. 18) the El Capitan Vaqueros traveled to Mount Miguel to take on their former rivals, the Matadors in non-league action. With both teams in opposite leagues they will only face each other once instead of twice as when they were both in the same side of the Grossmont Conference.
The Vaqueros were able to jump on things early against the Matadors and score early and often as they gathered the 26-0 victory.
Offensively for the Vaqueros everyone was able to contribute. KELSEY HENZI hit a homerun, scored twice and had five RBI, ZANDRA ROGALE went 4 for 4 including a double, scored three times and drove in five, ELENA LADDON who also pitched helped her cause as she was able to nail a double and drive in three runs.
Freshman ELENA LADDON gained her first victory going the full five innings while only allowing three hits, one walk and five punchouts.
HIGH TECH-SD 8, MONTE VISTA 1 — In Matador Softball Classic action on Wednesday (Mar. 18) the Monte Vista Monarchs dropped a tough decision to the High Tech-San Diego Storm by a score of 8-1.
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Cyman helps power Highlanders to victory
By Adam Paul
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SOLANA BEACH (3-18-15) — In non-action on Tuesday (Mar. 17) the Helix Highlanders traveled up to Solana Beach to take on Santa Fe Christian. Luckily the ride home would be a good one as the Highlanders won 10-7.
Early on the Highlanders struggled as SHAREENA LaCHANCE who started the game was unable to record an out before a pitching change was made. The decision to change pitchers occurred due to the fact that LaChance gave up two doubles and plunked a couple batters.
Taking advantage of this Santa Fe led 2-0 early on. So in comes BRIANA REED and she did her thing and got out of the jam, keeping Helix in the game.
The Highlanders looked to get back in the game and were able to do so in the top of the second inning when VICTORIA CYMAN hit a double. LaChance staying in as a hitter grounded to third moving Cyman over on the throw and would score on the RBI groundout by SILVANA DORNFELD. She scored when CLARISSA SMITH laced a double.
With the score tied the Highlanders looked to take the lead and were able to do so thanks to a three run fourth inning. In the fourth, Reed singled, Smith doubled again and singles by both DESTINI BULLOCK and McKENZIE FLORES gave them the lead 5-2. However Santa Fe Christian wasn’t done and they were able to tie the score in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The score would only be tied for that inning as Helix put up the go ahead runs in the sixth inning with two of them. In the seventh the Highlanders would tack on three insurance runs as they needed them because Santa Fe was able to score two runs to make it a three run game.
However after those runs by Santa Fe, Reed was able to finish off the game for the victory. Reed went seven innings, five runs of which two were earned, six hits, two strikeouts and walked only one.
The victory now improves the Helix record to 5-1 overall and importantly 3-0 on the road.
MOUNT MIGUEL 13, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 12 — In a Matador Softball Classic contest on Tuesday (Mar.17) that didn’t lack for offense between the Mount Miguel Matadors and the Foothills Christian Knights it was the Matadors who were able to triumph 13-12.
Foothills Christian was able to take the early 2-0 lead but the Matadors scored four runs in the bottom of the first to lead 4-2. In the top of the second both teams put up runs as the Knights scored five runs and the Matadors scored six in the bottom half of the inning to lead 10-7.
The only time that the Knights were held scoreless was in the top of the third while the Matadors scored a run. This was the difference as Mount Miguel was able to hold off the furious offense of the Knights in the end.
Offensively on the day for the Matadors RASHONNA McCOY shined as she went 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs and three RBI. STEPHANIE HERRERA who also pitched, helped her cause at the plate going 2 for 4, scoring three runs and an RBI. In the circle she struck out 11 and was able to pick up her fourth victory of the season.
HILLTOP 5, EL CAPITAN 4 — The El Capitan Vaqueros traveled to Hilltop to take on the Lancers on Tuesday (Mar. 17) and came out on the short end of the stick. The Vaqueros tried to make the comeback but dropped the decision 5-4.
The Lancers led 4-0 all the way until the seventh inning when in the top half the Vaqueros attempted the rally. Starting things off NICOLE VACARRO got hold of one and laced a double, GRACE BURKETT was able to draw a walk to put runners at first and second. COURTNEY WILLIAMS hit a sacrifice fly to left, JESSICA BAUER reached on error by the Lancer third baseman to load the bases.
Now that the bases were full the Vaqueros were looking for a base hit of some sort to score the runners. Looking to do some damage was KELZI HENZI who stepped up to the plate and jacked a pitch over the fence for a grand slam to tie the game at 4-4.
Unfortunately in the bottom half the Lancers were able to push across the game winning run.
EL CAMINO 6, STEELE CANYON 2 — The Cougars of Steele Canyon traveled all the way to Oceanside on Tuesday (Mar.17) to take on El Camino in the Jaguar Classic.
In the end it was the El Camino Wildcats taking the decision by a score of 6-2.
One of the bright spots for the Cougars was MAKAYLA MCCARTHY who had an RBI on the day.
Patriots take Gold title
By Adam Paul
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ESCONDIDO (3-17-15) — The Patrick Henry Patriots were looking to advance to the championship game of the Gold Bracket in the Cougar Classic and to do so they would have to get past the Dons of Cathedral Catholic in the semifinals. Both teams coming into the game were ranked with the Patriots at No. 5 and the Dons at No. 2 in the media poll.
|Photo courtesy of Alana Massey|
In the first inning the Dons were able to put up two runs thanks to a couple of base hits. However that wouldn’t keep Patrick Henry down as they were able to score three runs.
HANNAH McEWEN started things off by doubling, scored when SYDNEY JAMES singled and went to third on the single by SIERRA ALTMEYER who would score as well to make it 3-2.
The Dons would score their only other run of the game in their half of the fourth inning. The Patriots would take the lead for good in the fifth inning as James singled and Altmeyer bombed a two run dinger to make the final score 5-3.
MADISON “MJ” JAMES would take the circle and gain the victory as she struck out nine Dons on the day.
The Patrick Henry Patriots, after disposing of the Dons of Cathedral Catholic, learned that they would be taking on the Eastlake Titans for the right to be called champions of the Gold Bracket in the Cougar Classic.
The Titans who were receiving votes in the media poll as part of the Others section would prove to be a worthy opponent for the Patriots. The game would end up being a pitchers duel with Patrick Henry coming out on top 1-0 to win the championship.
Pitching for the Titans would be SAMANTHA MANTI who would go up against MADISON “MJ” JAMES who was coming off of a pretty dominant game against Cathedral Catholic. James would go on to strike out 7 Titans in the game while Manti would strikeout 11.
The only run in the game came in the Patriots half of the fourth inning as DANIELLE ROMERO was able to start things off with a leadoff walk. She was able to move over to second base on MADDIE BARRAZA’s sacrifice. Romero again moved up when Manti uncorked a wild pitch.
With only one down the Patriots were looking to score when ANYA VANDERSIP came to the plate and on a 3-2 pitch smashed a single that scored Romero.
The one run for the Patriots held up as James was able to retire the Titans in the sixth inning to end the game and thus secure the championship.
WEST HILLS 10, HILLTOP 0 — The West Hills Wolf Pack was coming off of a couple of come-from-behind victories and were hoping to not have to repeat that as they looked to advance to the championship game of the Silver Bracket in the Cougar Classic. In order to accomplish this task they would have to get past the Hilltop Lancers in the semifinals.
The Wolf Pack could rejoice for at least one game as they were able to easily dispatch the Lancers by a score of 10-0.
The Wolf Pack got things going offensively in the first inning when BROOKE ROBERTS drew a walk and stole second base, KENDALL MARINESI would then smoke a triple scoring Roberts to make it 1-0. The next batter, ALEX GUAY hit a sacrifice fly that would score Marinesi. The Wolf Pack led 2-0 after one inning.
West Hills would tally four more runs in the fourth inning thanks to five hits that included two doubles and three singles. In the fifth inning they would finish up the scoring with four more runs.
Offensively it was a productive day at the plate for the Wolf Pack but much so for Marinesi who finished 3-4 with four RBI.
The No. 6 West Hills Wolf Pack with their victory earlier in the day earned the right to face the No. 10 Mater Dei Crusaders who had beaten Scripps Ranch in their semifinal game. In a game that would exceed the time limit and go to International Tie Breaker rules it was the Crusaders coming from behind and taking the championship 4-3.
The Wolf Pack looked to get things going early on and in the top of the second inning they were able to put up two runs. PAIGE BOWLER started things off by singling, SYDNEY CRAVEN would reach on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop who decided to get the out at second base, and RYLEIGH DOBYNS moved Craven over on a sacrifice fly.
The Wolf Pack was now facing two outs and NIKKI LEGGATE coming to bat. Working the count to 2-1 she was able to get a pitch she liked and laced a double, scoring Craven. The next batter MELISSA CASTILLO took the 0-2 pitch and roped a triple to bring in Leggate and make it 2-0 Wolf Pack.
The Wolf Pack would hold the two run lead until the fourth inning when Mater Dei was finally able to get something going and were able to tie the game at 2-2. The score would remain that way all the way into the sixth when the homeplate umpire called for time limit.
People in the stands couldn’t believe that the umpire would call time limit as this was a championship game. Therefore, the game would be decided by the International Tie Breaker which meant that each team would start with a runner at second base and if a team led and they held the other team scoreless then they would be champions.
So on that note the game went into bonus play via the International Tie Breaker rules. Both teams would trade scoreless innings. It wasn’t until the eighth inning that the Wolf Pack scored a run to lead 3-2. MEGHAN FISHER scored the go ahead run for West Hills.
Clinging to the 3-2 lead and with thoughts of ending the game the Wolf Pack took the field with confidence. Unfortunately the Crusaders had other ideas as they were able to score two runs and take the game and the championship 4-3.
It’s not known if these two teams will meet again sometime down the road this season but it was definitely one of the most exciting games on the early season and if they do meet, it would be wise not to miss it.
MONTE VISTA 29, MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 5 — In Matador Softball Classic action the Monte Vista Monarchs traveled to Mountain Empire Monday (Mar. 16) and were able to gain the victory 29-5.
The Monarchs were able to put the game away early on as they scored 12 runs in the first inning.
Shining on offense for the Monarchs was GINA HENDERSON who tallied four doubles and a three run home run that traveled 8-10 feet past the chalk line since they don’t have fences and had 9 RBI. The homerun by Henderson was her first homerun on varsity and in high school.
TEMECULA CHAPARRAL 3, GRANITE HILLS 1 — In Bronze Bracket semifinal action in the Cougar Classic the Granite Hills Eagles took on Temecula Chaparral and were defeated 3-1.
The Eagles took the lead early as BRIELLE TYSELLING singled, moved over on the fielder’s choice by VICTORIA HATHAWAY and scored when JESSICA LaPIERRE singled.
Unfortunately this was the only run that the Eagles could come away with as they tallied just four hits offensively.
Chaparral scored two runs in their half of the first inning and scored again in the fourth.
Christian is Lady Warhawk champs
By Adam Paul
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ESCONDIDO (3-14-15) — The Christian High Patriots took on the Horizon Panthers in Saturday’s (Mar. 14) Lady Warhawk Tournament semifinals and were able to gain the shutout 3-0 thanks ASHLEY CARTER who went the distance in the victory to advance to the finals.
|Photo Courtesy of Gabriela Grabowski|
Game 2 — Championship game
Christian High, who was coming off of the earlier victory in the semis, looked to improve their record and extend their winning streak to six games.
In order to accomplish the task the Patriots had to get by the Pilots of OLP in the Lady Warhawk Tournament in their second game of the day.
The score resembled more of a football score but it was the Patriots coming out on top 14-10 to claim the tournament championship.
Like her teammate ASHLEY CARTER in the semis, pitcher GABBY GRABOWSKI went the distance to gain the victory.
PATRICK HENRY 4, MIRA MESA 0 — In one of the tougher brackets the Patrick Henry Patriots looked to move on as they took on Mira Mesa in the Gold Bracket of the Cougar Classic and came away with the shutout 4-0.
In the second inning the Patriots got things going when ANNA VANDERSIP singled and stole second base, MADISON JAMES came up and crushed a double that scored Vandersip who made a phenomenal slide to beat the tag of the catcher to make it 1-0. The score would remain the same until the fifth when the Patriots would score three more times.
It all started with James walking to lead things off. She would go to second on the sacrifice by CASSIE VAN TIL, HANNAH McEWEN brought James home when she doubled to make it 2-0. SYDNEY JAMES reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base and come around to score when SIERRA ALTMEYER doubled, making the score 3-0.
The final run scored by Altmeyer would come on a CRISTIONA CACCAMISE single.
Pitching wise for the Patriots it was all Madison “MJ” James who went the distance, giving up 6 hits while striking out nine batters.
WEST HILLS 4, TORREY PINES 3 — The West Hills Wolf Pack looked to continue their winning ways as they took on Torrey Pines in the Silver Bracket of the Cougar Classic and were able to do so once again in the last at-bat 4-3.
In the bottom of the first inning MEGHAN FISHER started things off with a single, BROOKE ROBERTS was hit by a pitch. Two batters later KENDALL MARINESI rocketed a double that scored both Fisher and Roberts making it 2-0. ALEX GUAY then followed with her own double that scored Marinesi, giving the Wolf Pack the early 3-0 lead.
The second inning saw the Falcons chip at the lead when they were able to score a run thanks to a couple of West Hills miscues but the Wolf Pack was able to get out of the inning leading 3-1. The Wolf Pack led until the top of the fifth when the Falcons tied the score at 3-3.
The Falcons started the top of the fifth trailing but that all changed as SHELBIANNE EVANS led off with a single and XSTAVIANA AUGUR crushed a two run bomb to tie the score. It was all déjŕ vu for the Wolf Pack as the same thing had occurred the day before against Mission Hills. Despite the tying homerun TESS EATON stayed calm and cool and got out of the inning.
Everyone in attendance was on the edge of their seat during the bottom of the sixth with the Wolf Pack at bat. ALEX GUAY took the 2-1 pitch and delivered a single. She would be replaced by ALEXIS HERRERA as a courtesy runner. The next batter MELISSA CASTILLO drilled a pitch to the shortstop but was safe when a throwing error occurred. She was replaced for courtesy runner KELCI ELLIS-ALVAREZ. So with runners at first and second and no outs the Falcons were able to get RYLEIGH DOBBINS out. Next up would be SAVANNAH HENDERSON who drew a four pitch walk.
Only one down and the bases loaded the Falcons thought they were in a good position to get the double play but SIERRA SCHLICHTING had other ideas as she took the 2-1 pitch and singled, driving in the game winning run.
Everyone on the West Hills side screamed out in joy as for the second day in a row they had won in the last at-bat.
GRANITE HILLS 8, RAMONA 7 — On a really crazy day that saw a few come from behind victories by a few teams in the Cougar Classic, The Granite Hills Eagles looked to continue the trend of the comeback against Ramona in the semifinals of the Bronze Bracket. The Eagles were able to pull out the victory 8-7.
The Eagles were able to score first as HALLE KYLER singled and stole second base, JESSICA LAPIERRE brought her home when she singled, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs would tie the score at 1-1.
It wasn’t until the third inning that the Eagles would regain the lead as KAILA DEWITT walked and moved up on an error and later scored when VICTORIA HATHAWAY boomed a double to right making it 2-1.
In the fifth inning the Bulldogs scored four runs thanks to a couple of Eagles miscues to retake the lead 5-1 and would tack on a couple more in the sixth to make it 7-1.
Facing a daunting task of being down by six runs in the last half of the sixth inning the Eagles regrouped and went to work. Starting the comeback trail for the Eagles would be CASSIDY SHEW who singled, KATIE WALL was hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and second with one out. KAREN CREECH came up and singled, driving in Shew to make it 7-3. KAYLA MACK continued the hitting by singling to score KATIE WALL, making it 7-4, and BRIELLE TYSELING did her part, singling to score KAREN CREECH making it 7-5.
Dewitt worked the count 2-0 before driving a single to center that scored Mack, making it 7-6. Kyler came to the plate looking for something to hit but she was hit by a pitch and then up came Hathaway, nailing a ball to right that went for a base hit and scored the winning runs to complete the comeback.
GROSSMONT 5, SAN DIEGUITO 1 — In game one of the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park on Saturday (Mar. 14) the Foothillers took on the Mustangs of San DIeguito High for the right to move into the semifinals of the Copper Bracket and would earn that right with the 5-1 victory.
The Foothillers would start off right when DESTINY BACON led off the inning with a single, TAYLOR BAEZ would drive her in a couple of batters later when she boomed a double to right making it 1-0.
Grossmont would score a couple more times in the third inning thanks to MADDIE LINDSEY who would come in for Bacon and also Baez who again doubled driving in Lindsey. KAILEY DANIELS would knock in Baez with a single making it 4-0 and they would tack on another run in the fifth to round it out.
The only run of the game for the Mustangs came in the third on a solo homerun.
MT. CARMEL 4, GROSSMONT 2 — Having already played in the early game the Foothillers were looking for bigger things Saturday (Mar. 14) as a win would move them into the championship game on Monday. However Mount Carmel was able to win 4-2.
Despite tallying 8 hits on the day the Foothillers just couldn’t get the timely hit to score the runs necessary. It wasn’t like Grossmont didn’t have the opportunities as they had the bases loaded with only one out but failed to score in the last inning.
Offensively in the game the Foothillers scored in the fourth inning as they got a lead single by KATIE APPENZELLER. ALEXIS COLLINS came up next and singled to right field and MEGAN MALWITZ also singled driving in a run. Malwitz finished the game 3-3 at the plate.
FALLBROOK 8, SANTANA 0 — The Santana Sultans, looking to get their first victory of the season, faced the Fallbrook Warriors in the semifinals of the Copper Bracket of the Cougar Classic.
The Warriors were able to dash those hopes with the 8-0 victory.
The Sultans tallied six hits on the day but couldn’t cash in when they did get a hit. MACKENZIE REYNOLDS went 2-3 with a double for Santana.
POWAY 14, VALHALLA 0 — In the early game of the Platinum Bracket of the Cougar Classic on Saturday (Mar. 14) the Norseman of Valhalla took on the Poway Titans and but couldn’t get anything going as they dropped the decision 14-0.
The Titans pretty much scored early and often as they started the scoring in the first inning, putting up a seven spot to lead 7-0.
On the day the Norseman were limited to five hits with three of them going to senior captain KAYLIE HIPWELL who went 3-for-3 on all singles against Cal Berkeley commit Kortney Shaw.
SERRA 6, HELIX 2 — The Helix Highlanders were looking to move on in the PB Classic and also keep their winning streak going but Serra High had other ideas as they claimed the 6-2 victory.
The Conquistadors were able to jump out to the early lead as they roped a homerun in the second inning and repeated this feat – this time a two run shot in the third.
Despite being down early there was fight in the Highlanders as they were able to put up a couple runs in the third. SHAREENA LaCHANCE led off with a single and was able to score when SILVANNA DORNFELD roped a double, CASEY HARGIS moved Dornfeld over on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by BRIANNA REED.
LaChance, in the circle for Helix, took the loss.
SWEETWATER 5, MONTE VISTA 4 — In the semifinals of the PB Classic the Monte Vista Monarchs took on the Sweetwater Red Devils. The Red Devils were able to hold on for the 5-4 victory but not without some push from the Monarchs.
The Red Devils held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth when the Monarchs were able to score two runs to trim the lead to 3-2 and in fact tied the game at 3-3 in the very next inning.
The score would stay that way until the top of the eighth when the Red Devils scored twice to lead 5-3 and in the bottom half of the inning the Monarchs almost completed the comeback as they put one up on the board to make it 5-4. However Sweetwater was able to get the final out.
Scherburne provides power in Patriots' victory
By Adam Paul
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ESCONDIDO (3-14-15) — In a game between two East County foes the Christian High Patriots looked to extend their three game winning streak against the El Capitan Vaqueros. The Patriots winning streak now stands at four games as they beat the Vaqueros 3-0.
The Patriots were able to get on the board first thanks to a run in the first inning and then rounded out their scoring with two more in the fifth.
On the day pitching wise it was all GABBY GRABOWSKI who was able to shut out the Vaqueros going the full seven innings while only giving up four hits.
The offense was made up of ANNA SCHERBURNE who blasted a solo home run while finishing 2-2 and also junior COURTNEY SKJERVE who went 2-3 on the day.
RANCHO BUENA VISTA 4, PATRICK HENRY 1 — The Patrick Henry High Patriots looked to continue their winning ways against Rancho Buena Vista but the Longhorns were just too much in their 4-1 victory in the Cougar Classic.
The Longhorns got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when FALEPOLIMA AVIU led off their half of the first with a solo shot. LEXANY TERRONES came up to the plate and singled and came around to score when SARAH FISCHER doubled and scored on an error.
The Longhorns scored one more run in the bottom half of the third inning while the Patriots put up their only run of the game in the top of the fifth. ANNA VANDERSIP reached on a fielder’s choice and later came around to score on the single by MONTANA POTTS.
The Patriots could only come up with two hits as RBV pitcher HANNAH BAILEY went six innings giving up the one run on two hits while striking out two and walking only one.
TORREY PINES 11, SANTANA 0 — The Santana Sultans were looking to gain their first victory of the season against Torrey Pines High but were stymied 11-0.
The Falcons scored early and often against the Sultans and were able to put things away in the middle innings. Torrey Pines limited the Sultans to one hit on the evening.
BRAWLEY 10, STEELE CANYON 1 — The Steele Canyon Cougars looked to get in the right side of the column against the Wildcats of Brawley High in the Cougar Classic but couldn’t get it going in the 10-1 loss.
The Wildcats scored four in the first thanks to a couple of hits that included a three run shot by Jazmine Jones. They would hit another three run shot in the next inning while scoring four more runs. They would round it out in the third inning.
The Cougars got their run in the second inning on a walk by HANNAH DUDLEY who was able to score thanks to a long triple by KORI TAPIA. On the day the Cougars tallied four hits and hit the ball hard but right at people.
IMPERIAL 14, GROSSMONT 1 — The Grossmont Foothillers looked to get things going against the Imperial Tigers in Cougar Classic action but were stifled 14-1.
Things looked to go the Foothillers way as they scored first when CARLY PEARSON tripled and scored on the sacrifice fly by CHLOE CAMARERO.
Unfortunately the Tigers were able to score five runs in their half of the first.
The Tigers would score four in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Grossmont on the day was only able to gain three hits as Tiger pitching was able to get many ground balls and also fly ball outs.
MORSE 22, EL CAJON VALLEY 0 — In Matador Classic action the Tigers of Morse High took on the El Cajon Valley Braves and were able to cruise to the victory 22-0.
The only hit on the day for the Braves came in the bottom of the fifth when freshman SAVANNAH SABAKTO was able to single.
Valhalla 12, EC-Southwest 3 — Valhalla’s season opening winning streak now stands at four after dispatching El Centro Southwest 12-3 in the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park on Friday (March 13).
ABIGAIL METSCH led the offensive charge for the Norseman going two for three including a two-out three-run home run which not only ignited a six run second inning but the offense in general.
ANNAMARIE IULIANO also had a multiple hit day as she went 2 for 4.
LILY METSCH went the distance to get the win. Lily issued a pair of walks and registered a strikeout and allowed only three batters to reach via hits.
Valhalla scored three more runs in the fourth inning and then three more in the sixth to put the game on ice.
— Chris Davis
Roberts shows power, speed
By Adam Paul
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ESCONDIDO (3-13-15) — The West Hills Wolf Pack who after facing Cathedral Catholic were facing another tough task in the Cougar Classic against the Mission Hills Grizzlies and they were able to pull it out 3-2 in a dramatic flair.
The Wolf Pack was able to get on the board in the first inning to lead 1-0 thanks to a triple by BROOKE ROBERTS who scored on the single by MONA PISIA.
Both teams’ pitching and defense pretty much stopped the offense of the other until the final inning. Mission Hills trailed but was able to take the lead starting with the walk by MADISON STANICH and then came up JOLENE GOMMEL who crushed a homerun to right field to give the Grizzlies the 2-1 lead.
The Wolf Pack was able to get out the inning and had one more opportunity to win the game. Boy did they take advantage of that opportunity. In their half of the last inning and with two outs came the dramatic finish. The last hope for the Pack resided in Roberts, who was able to come through with a double. Next up would be Pisia who reached on an error by the third baseman and due to the throwing miscue, Roberts would come around to score and tie the game at 2-2.
Now with a runner in scoring position and two down it was all up to KENDALL MARINESI who hit a pop-up a little over the second baseman into the outfield for what looked like a routine out to end the game but the fielder dropped the ball and Pisia came around to score the game winning run.
PATRICK HENRY 12, FALLBROOK 0 — The Patrick Henry Patriots took on the Fallbrook Warriors in the Cougar Classic and were easily able to win 12-0.
The Patriots who are ranked No. 5 in the county in the media poll were able to put up four runs in the second inning. MADDIE BARRAZA started it off with a walk and advanced on a wild pitch, ANYA VANDERSIP walked, CASSIE VAN TIL walked which loaded the bases. MONTANA POTTS was able to clear the bases with a booming triple which made the score 3-0 and she was able to score when HANNAH McEWEN singled making it 4-0.
More of the same happened in the third inning as DANIELLE ROMERO walked and moved to third on the single by VAN TIL. Potts came to the plate again and this time was able to score an inside the park homerun. The Patriots would go on to score four more runs in the fourth inning to round it out.
In the circle for the Patriots was MADISON JAMES who struck out eight batters while only giving up two hits to the Warriors. RUBY GONZALEZ came into finish it out and got the easy 1-2-3 in the fifth.
MONTE VISTA 2, CENTRAL UNION 1 — The Monte Vista Monarchs traveled all the way down to the desert to El Centro to take on the Spartans of Central Union High and wouldn’t have a long bus ride home as they won 2-1 in a PB Classic game.
The Spartans, who were the defending San Diego CIF Division IV champions, came into the game with a 3-0 record and looked like they were going to gain their fourth victory. They scored first on a double and two singles to lead 1-0 which would hold up until the sixth inning.
The game between the two teams went back and forth as the defense of the Monarchs wouldn’t give anything up as they gobbled everything that was put into play.
In the sixth inning the Monarchs had other ideas to upend the Spartans. CYNTHIA VALENCIA was able to single and steal second base, JAYDE GOLDHAGEN faked to bunt and then actually did and reached. Valencia went to third and Goldhagen stole second, putting Monarchs runners at second and third with no outs. RAYNA GONZALEZ came to the plate and roped a double to right center that scored both runners giving them the lead 2-1.
The lead would hold up as EMILY BODTKE would complete the game in the bottom of the inning by being able to get out what would be considered a very dangerous situation of bases loaded and no outs. However she was calm as could be and was able to get out of the jam. She pitched a gem going the full distance, striking out three batters while walking none.
CHRISTIAN 7, FRANCIS PARKER 6 — In Warhawk Tournament action the Christian High Patriots took on the Francis Parker Lancers and came away with the close victory 7-6 on Thursday (Mar. 12).
Taking the circle on the day for the Patriots was freshman ASHLEY CARTER who went the full 7 inning distance to gain the victory for the Patriots.
GRANITE HILLS 2, SCRIPPS RANCH 1 — The Granite Hills Eagles took on the Scripps Ranch Falcons in the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park and unfortunately were on the short end of the board 2-1.
Scripps Ranch was able to strike first in the fourth inning with a single, double, a walk and a single to make it 1-0. In the fifth inning they scored again on a single, stolen base, fielder’s choice and an error.
Granite Hills tried to make a comeback in their half of the sixth when BRIELLE TYSELING walked and moved to second on a passed ball. She then moved over on a fielder’s choice and scored on a sacrifice fly by VICTORIA HATHAWAY to cut the deficit to 2-1. That was all the Falcons could gain as they went down easily in the last inning.
The Eagles were limited to 3 hits on the evening as Makayla Martin of Scripps Ranch limited Granite Hills to pretty much ground balls the whole game.
HELIX 14, CHULA VISTA 2 — In Pacific Beach Classic action the Helix Highlanders traveled down to the South Bay to take on the Chula Vista Spartans. The Highlanders would easily win the contest 14-2.
Chula Vista jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first but Helix came right back and scored 3 in the top of the second. In the inning JASMINE VELIZ reached on a fielder's choice with one out and went to third on VICTORIA CYMAN's double. SHAREENA LaCHANCE followed with an RBI single. SILVANA DORNFELD reached on a fielder's choice and both she and LaChance were driven in on BRIANA REED's RBI single. Helix would add one more in the third and really put the game out of reach with three more in the fourth.
It was the bottom end of the lineup for the Highlanders who would account for all the offense except for one of the runs. Overall it was a team effort as pretty much everyone was able to contribute in some way.
Pitching for Helix was LaChance, who would go 6 innings allowing 2 runs with one of them earned on 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1. With the victory she is now 2-0 on the young season.
With the win the Highlanders move to 4-0 in their pool and will advance to the semifinals of the PB Classic on Saturday (Mar. 14).
ESCONDIDO 10, GROSSMONT 1 — The Foothillers of Grossmont High were hoping to snag a victory in the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park but ran into the Cougars of Escondido who gained the victory 10-1.
The Cougars were able to pounce first as they pushed across 5 runs in the first inning to lead 5-0. The Cougars would score five more runs in the sixth inning to round out their scoring.
The Foothillers would put up their only run in their half of the fourth inning when CARLY PEARSON started things off with a triple and score when CHLOE CAMARERO singled.
MATER DEI CATHOLIC 4, STEELE CANYON 0 — The Cougars of Steele Canyon faced the Crusaders of Mater Dei Catholic in Cougar Classic action at Kit Carson Park and were shut out 4-0.
The Crusaders struck first with a run in the first inning to make it 1-0. In the third inning they were able to score two more runs to make it 3-0 and finally in the fifth they pushed one more run across to make it 4-0 which would round out the scoring.
Steele Canyon couldn’t muster any type of offense as they were overwhelmed by Crusader pitcher KELLIE WHITE, who tallied 10 strikeouts and only walked one batter.
Wolf Pack runs into buzz saw
By Adam Paul
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ESCONDIDO (3-12-15) — In Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park action The Dons came out on top 2-0 over the Wolf Pack thanks in part to a no-hit shutout.
Coming into the game you knew it was going be a battle as both teams were ranked in the Union-Tribune Softball Poll. The Dons came into the game ranked No. 2 and West Hills came into it as No. 6.
The Dons scored in the first thanks to a leadoff walk by RAVEN LECLAIR and advanced to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a fielder's choice by LAUREN MEYERSON and scored on a sac-fly to center field by SARAI NIU. They would end up scoring their second run in their half of the third inning starting with a walk by LEAH MALECHA who would score on the very next at bat via a triple by LeClair which incredibly would be their only hit of the game.
Everyone in attendance had to have been amazed as both teams basically played an old fashioned pitcher's duel with a great defensive gem by the Wolf Pack thrown in to boot. It was a duel in the sense that West Hills only gave up one hit in the game.
The pitcher's duel consisted of a complete game No-Hitter by Dons pitcher MEGAN FARAIMO who was said to be throwing in the mid to high 60's MPH range while striking out a very impressive 15 batters without walking a single batter from West Hills. Faraimo came really close to pitching a perfect game but an error was committed in the seventh inning with two outs. Not to be outdone and on the other side of the duel was West Hills pitcher RYLEIGH DOBYNS who was equally up the task as she tossed a complete game one hitter while giving up 2 runs of which both were earned.
If these two teams are to meet again it would be possibly in the playoffs and if that occurs this would be one to definitely not to miss.
Christian 3, Horizon 2 — The Christian are on a roll the last couple of days winning their last two games and today they were able to continue that roll by coming back and Horizon High 3-2 in Lady Warhawk Tournament action.
Horizon was able to put up the early lead when they jacked a solo homerun in their half of the third inning. Despite being down Christian had other plans and decided to win it in dramatic fashion. They were able to score three runs in their half of the sixth inning to take the lead and what would end up being the decisive runs. ANNA SHERBURNE banged out a triple that brought around two runs. With the score tied the Patriots pulled out one of the gutsiest plays when SHANNON MCMANN who went 2-for-3 on day was able to put down the squeeze bunt which ended up scoring the winning run.
In the circle for the Patriots was GABBY GRABOWSKI who went the distance and gained the victory.
Del Norte 5, Granite Hills 3 — No information beyond the score was received.
Eagles shutout Titans
By Adam Paul
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ESCONDIDO (3-11-15) — The Granite Hills Eagles took on the Titans of Eastlake in pool play of the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park and gained the victory 7-0.
The Eagles shut down the Titans in the top half of the first and then went to work offensively in their half of the inning. Starting the scoring was HALLE KYLER who was able to reach on an error. She was able to steal second base and would come around to score when VICTORIA HATHAWAY punched a grounder that got through to left field.
In the bottom of the second inning for the Eagles it was more offense as KAREN CREECH reached on an infield single and with two outs in the inning up came KAYLA MACK who got two strikes against her when she bombed a 2-run homerun to left field to make it 3-0.
The Eagles were at it again in their half of the third inning as Kyler reached on an error and scored when Hathaway laced a double to left center making it 4-0. In the bottom of the fourth inning Mack started things off hitting a single up the middle and would advance to second on a passed ball. She came around to score when KAILA DEWITT singled up the middle.
The final scoring for the Eagles occurred in their half of the fifth when RILEY AGERBEEK led off with a single. JESSE LAPIERRE was hit by a pitch and CASSIDY SHEW rifled a triple that scored Agerbeek and MADISON CALDWELL who came in as a courtesy runner for LaPierre.
It wasn’t just batting that was clicking for the Eagles but also pitching as Halle Kyler only gave up one hit while striking out 6 Titans. Also her batterymate behind the plate, LaPierre threw out 2 Titan runners trying to steal.
WEST HILLS 8, FALLBROOK 0 – The Wolf pack of West Hills took on the Fallbrook Warriors in Cougar Classic action at Kit Carson Park and came away with the shutout 8-0.
The Wolf Pack started out by scoring three runs in the top of the first inning when MEGHAN FISHER singled, MOANA PISIA was hit by a pitch and KENDALL MARINESI reached on a fielder’s choice. ALEX GUAY came up and hit a sacrifice fly to score Fisher, and PAIGE BOWLER came up and boomed a double that knocked in both Pisia and Marinesi to make it 3-0 after one inning.
In the top of the fifth inning West Hills would do more scoring damage, scoring four more runs. Pisia singled and Marinesi doubled to bring around Pisia to score. Guay walked putting runners at first and second, Bowler again boomed another double scoring both Pisia and Guay and giving her 4 RBI on the day. MELISSA CASTILLO singled tp bring home Bowler to score, making it 7-0.
The top of the sixth inning saw the Wolf Pack score their final run when CAELI GIBBS started things off with a hit by pitch. SYDNEY CRAVEN came on to pinch hit for Pisia and was able to reach on an error which put runners at first and second, and finally Kendall Marinesi singled which brought Gibbs around to score.
On the day the Wolf Pack banged out eight hits besides putting up the eight runs and also pitching was dominant as well. Taking the circle for West Hills was TESS EASTON who went the distance, gaining the victory while only giving up 2 hits and striking out 6 Warrior batters.
GROSSMONT 2, EL CAMINO 2 (TIE) – In the second day of the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park the Foothillers of Grossmont High took on the Wildcats of El Camino in a contest that ended in a 2-2 tie.
How does this sort of thing occur in a game? Well as it was understood by this reporter the game couldn’t start a new inning after the hour and a half time limit thus ending in the tie.
The Foothillers struck first in the top of the first inning when CARLY PEARSON singled to right and was able to steal second base, coming around to score when ALEXIS COLLINS smashed a double to left center. Collins was able to come around to score when the next batter, MADDIE LINDSEY, roped a double of her own thus giving Grossmont the early 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats were able to cut the deficit in half when they put up a run of their own in the bottom of the first and were able to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Offensively the Foothillers had six hits. DESTINY BACON went 2-3 with 2 thefts on the day. Both Collins and Lindsey each had an RBI.
Pitching for Grossmont was CASSIDY DAVILA who finished with 4 strikeouts.
VALHALLA 4, OTAY RANCH 3 – The Valhalla Norseman took on the Mustangs of Otay Ranch in the second day of pool play of the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park and were able to pull out the victory 4-3 in dramatic fashion.
The Mustangs put up a run in the third inning to take the early lead.
After the slow start for the Norseman business picked up when they were able to put up three runs in their half of the third inning. KAYLI HIPWELL reached on an error, BRANDI KOHEL reached on a fielder’s choice, KENNEDY LABSHERE walked, which loaded the bases. DANIELLE UY next hit a double.
Otay Ranch was able to score in both the fifth and sixth innings to tie the score at 3-3 and in the bottom of the sixth inning the Norseman were able to pull out the victory.
Uy banged a double and was lifted for a pinch runner by RACHEL SHELSTROM who came around to score when ANNA MARIE IULIANO doubled in Shelstrom to win the game in heroic fashion.
On the day LILY METSCH gained the pitching victory while striking out 4 Mustangs.
EL CAJON VALLEY 6, KEARNY 4 – The El Cajon Valley Braves took on the Lincoln Hornets and came away with the 6-4 victory a day after beating the Komets of Kearny High 16-8.
The Braves, who were down after the first inning, came back in the second and third innings and never looked back against the Hornets. They were able to gain the lead and hold it. As in the game against the Komets, it was a joint effort both offensively and defensively.
In the game against Kearny the Braves were down and came back and scored their runs and just kept it going.
El Cajon Valley will look to continue their winning ways on Friday (Mar. 13) when they play Morse at home in the Matador Softball Classic at 3 p.m.
CHRISTIAN 12, MAR VISTA 3 – The Christian High Patriots took on the Mar Vista Mariners in Pacific Beach Classic action and came away with the 12-3 victory.
The Patriots were able to score six runs in the second inning and in the fourth inning scored one. They scored two runs in the sixth and finally three runs in the seventh inning to round out the scoring.
Offensively it was freshman SILENT RAIN ESPINOZA who went 3-4 with 2 doubles and a single with 2 RBI and scored four times and ASHLEY CARTER, who is also a freshman, who finished 3-4 with one double and 5 RBI and two runs.
Besides putting up the impressive offensive statistics it was Carter who also took the circle and would gain her first varsity win as a freshman, going all 7 innings. She walked two batters and struck out 4 Mariners on the day giving up three runs with two of them earned.
HELIX 11, GUAJOME PARK 0 (4 1/2 inn.) – In Pacific Beach Classic action the Helix Highlanders took on the Frogs of Guajome Park and won 11-0 in a game that was called after 4 1/2 innings.
The Highlanders struck with three runs in the second when JASMINE VELIZ led off the inning with a hit by pitch. VICTORIA CYMAN singled and CHRISTINA CARRILLO laced a double, scoring both Veliz and Cyman. Carrillo would come around to score when JAYCIE MATTHEWS hit a groundout.
The Highlanders would add one more run in the third and ultimately put the game out of reach in the fourth inning when they scored four runs.
Offensively on the day it was CLARISSA SMITH going 2-2 with a double and a stolen base, MACKENZIE FLORES 2-3 with a home run, 2 RBI and a stolen base, and Cyman who was 2-3 with a double and an RBI.
In the circle it was BRIANA REED who would earn her second victory going the distance, giving up three hits and striking out one.
With the win the record for Helix stands at 3-0 in pool play with one game left against Chula Vista
HILLTOP 11, SANTANA 1 – The Lancers took on the Santana Sultans in the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park and came away with the 11-1 victory.
Hilltop would score four runs in the top of the fourth, two runs in the fifth and finally round it out with five runs in their half of the sixth inning.
The Sultans just couldn’t get their offense going and would score their lone run in the bottom of the sixth to finalize the scoring.
In the bottom of the sixth SYDNEY VATES walked and MACKENZIE BENNETT blasted a double to left, scoring Vates. On the day CASSIDY MATTHIE would finish 2-3 with a double, Vates 1-2 with a run and Bennett 1-3 with a double and an RBI.
Cougars come from behind on the Knights
By Adam Paul
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ESCONDIDO (3-10-15) — The Steele Canyon Cougars took on the San Marcos Knights in the first day of pool play action in the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park and came away with the 2-1 victory.
The Knights took the early lead 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning when they were able to get a clutch single with two down. Both teams kind of stalled offensively for the next couple of innings. However it was the Cougars who would come from behind in their half of the fourth inning.
The fourth inning started off with a strikeout and MAKAYLA McCARTHY came to the plate and was able to draw the base on balls, next up would be KENDRA BUCKLEY who also would draw a walk. So with runners at first and second JENNA RITTER also drew a walk to load the bases. Next up for the Cougars was HANNA DUDLEY who would hit into a fielders choice which would score McCarthy, bringing up EMMA DODSON who drew a base on balls. Buckley scored what would end up being the winning run for the Cougars.
In the circle on the day for the Cougars was Buckley who picked up the victory for Steele Canyon.
SAN PASQUAL 6, SANTANA 2 — The Santana Sultans took on the Eagles of San Pasqual High in the first day of pool play action in the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park and lost 6-2.
Both teams would finish the first couple of innings scoreless and in the third inning the Eagles struck first as they started off with a double to left and than the next batter singled scoring the runner from second to make the score 1-0 in favor of the Eagles.
The Sultans would get out the inning and take their half of the third where SYDNEY VATES would absolutely crush the 2-2 pitch to deep center for the homerun to tie the score at 1-1.
Both teams would go down quietly one, two, three in the fourth inning.
The Eagles were able to open things up offensively and score five runs in their top half of the fifth to take a 6-1 lead. The Sultans finally got out of the inning and in their half of the fifth could only muster one run. CASSIDY MATTHIE would bang a double to left center and Vates would bring her around to score thanks to a single to left.
Vates on the day finished 3-3 and only missed hitting for the cycle by a triple. She finished with an RBI and a run scored.
Offensively the Sultans banged out seven hits as a team.
MONTE VISTA 34, SAN YSIDRO 2 — In Pacific Beach Classic action the Monarchs of Monte Vista traveled down near the border to take on the Cougars of San Ysidro High and came away with the 34-2 victory.
The game started out very well for the Monarchs as they were able to put up 15 runs in the first inning and the rest was history as the game was called after five innings due to the run rule.
Offensively on the day for the Monarchs it was CYNTHIA VALENCIA who finished 4-5 at the plate and would only miss hitting for the cycle by a homerun. She had two doubles, a triple and also a single.
Another big day offensively occurred for EMILY BODTKE who went 3-3 extending her hitting terror for the last two games to 7-7 at the plate.
CHRISTIAN 9, MADISON 3 — The Christian High Patriots traveled to Madison high to take on the Warhawks in non-league action on Monday (Mar. 9) and won 9-3.
The Patriots scoring wise put up one in the first, two runs in the third, three runs in the fourth, one run in the fifth and finally rounded out the scoring with two in the seventh.
On the day for the Patriots It was ANNA SHERBURNE who shined at the plate as she finished on the day 3-4, only missing hitting for the cycle by a homerun. She hit a single, a double and the always hard to get triple. She also scored four times as well.
In the circle for the Patriots it was GABBY GRABOWSKI who for the first time since her sophomore year pitched her first full game. On the day she gave up three runs of which only two were earned but she also was able to record double digit strikeouts as she punched 10 Ks.
Besides taking the circle Grabowski also was able to get up to the plate and hit for the first time in two years, hitting a sacrifice fly.
EL CAPITAN 12, LA JOLLA 5 — The Vaqueros of El Capitan took on the Vikings of La Jolla in a Pacific Beach Classic clash and came away with the 12-5 victory.
In the opening inning the Vikings were able to pounce first, putting up 4 runs thanks to two errors by the Vaqueros. However it would be pretty much all Vaqueros the rest of the way.
On the day for the Vaqueros it was COURTNEY WILLIAMS who finished 3-4. AMANDA VASQUEZ, KAYLA KRUEL, KIM GARCIA and JESSICA BAUER all were able to pound out doubles on the day.
In the sixth inning for El Capitan it was KACIE HOSTETLER who came to the plate and crushed a two run homerun.
Offensively on the day as a team the Vaqueros pounded out 13 hits.
Pitching wise in the circle it was Williams who gained the victory, going four innings while Vasquez pitched an innings worth of work.
VALHALLA 4, POINT LOMA 3 — The Valhalla Norseman took on the Pointers of Point Loma in pool play on the first day of the Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park Monday (Mar. 9) and came away with the 4-3 come from behind victory in the very last inning.
No other information was provided
Matadors double up Vikings
By Adam Paul
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LA JOLLA (3-8-15) — The Mount Miguel Matadors traveled to La Jolla for a La Jolla Tournament clash on Saturday (Mar. 7) and lost a tough one 2-1 to the Vikings.
The Vikings scored both of their runs in their half of the first inning which were the only runs of the game when the Matadors put up their only scoring in the top of the seventh inning.
On the day the Matadors tallied five hits which included a double by CIERRA CONWRIGHT and JULIETTE HARRIS had the lone RBI. RASHONNA McCOY and STEPHANIE HERRERA did their thing on the base paths as McCoy had two thefts while Herrera had one.
Herrera besides batting also took the circle and went six innings, giving up two runs which both of them were earned and also was able to strike out three Vikings batters.
MISSION HILLS 5, STEELE CANYON 4 — The Steele Canyon Cougars traveled to the North County to take on the Mission Hills Grizzlies and lost a heart breaker 5-4.
The Cougars were able to pounce early on as they racked up their four runs in the top of the second inning. Thanks in part to a couple of errors by the Grizzlies the Cougars were able to benefit and score a couple of runs.
Out of the four runs by the Cougars in the second, three of them were RBI. ELIZABETH SOLIS, PAIGE BARNES, JENNA RITTER and MACKENSIE PEARLSTEIN all crossed the plate for Steele Canyon in the inning. Solis, ASHLEY TAVIZON and GENTRY HOFFMAN all had the RBI for the Cougars.
On the day at the plate it was Solis who had a pretty good day with two hits, an RBI and also scored a run.
Unfortunately the Grizzlies would have an offensive trick up their sleeve as they were able to score five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out the victory.
Pitching wise for the Cougars it was KENDRA BUCKLEY who on the day struck out three Grizzlies.
Both teams were able to rack up seven hits a piece.
OUR LADY OF PEACE 4, CHRISTIAN 0 — The Christian High Patriots traveled to OLP to take on the Pilots in the Hawks Classic Tournament Saturday (Mar. 7) and lost 4-0.
The Pilots were able to score three runs in the fourth inning and then put up their final run in the seventh inning to round out the scoring on the day.
However before the Pilots were able to put up any type of scoring they were actually limited to one hit by Christian pitcher GABBY GRABOWSKI thru the first three innings of play which came on a blooper.
The runs scored by the Pilots pretty much came on four infield hits.
On the day both teams were only able to gain six hits combined. OLP mustered four while Christian tallied two.
Metsch gains first win in varsity debut
By Adam Paul
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EL CAJON (3-6-15) — The San Diego Cavers traveled to the East County on Friday (Mar. 6) to take on the Norseman of Valhalla in non-league action.
The Valhalla Norseman led by pitcher LILY METSCH were able to run rule the Cavers 12-2 after 4 1/3 innings.
The offense started in the bottom of the second for the Norseman when LEXI INGRASSIA walked and ABIGAIL METSCH followed with another base on balls. KAYLI HIPWELL doubled bringing in both Ingrassia and Metsch. KENNEDY LABSHERE singled in her at bat bringing Hipwell around to score, making it 3-0 after 2 innings.
The third inning saw Valhalla score more as LADYSARA FEDERICO reached on an error by the Caver third baseman. Next up came KATIE SCHMIDT who rifled a triple, scoring Federico and then up came Ingrassia who was able to rope a double bringing Schmidt home to make the score 5-0 after 3 innings.
More of the same for the Norseman occurred in their half of the fourth inning as BRANDI KOHEL walked and DANIELLE UY laced a double to center that scored Kohel. ANNAMARIE IULIANO came to the plate and singled to left scoring Uy, Katie Schmidt then was able to crack a double, Ingrassia reached on an error and than a wild pitch occurred. When it was all said and done for the fourth inning the Norseman led 12-2.
In the circle Metsch was able to gain the victory in her varsity debut. She struck out five and only gave up two runs of which both were unearned. She only allowed four hits on the day as she was able to pretty much have the Cavers put it in play and the defense did their thing coming up big when it had to.
SERRA 7, MONTE VISTA 5 — The Serra Conquistadors traveled to Spring Valley to take on the Monte Vista Monarchs in the Pacific Beach Classic Friday (Mar. 6) and came away with the 7-5 victory.
Serra was able to score two runs in their top half of the first before Monte Vista was able to get out of the inning. In the bottom half of the first Monte Vista was able to put two runs of their own on the board to tie the score at 2-2.
Serra would continue by putting up runs in the second and third innings while the Monarchs put up another run in the bottom of the third to make it 4-3.
The Conquistadors would strike again with another run in the fourth inning and again in the fifth inning via a two run homer. However Monte Vista would do their best to get back into the game but could only muster one run in the bottom of the sixth to bring it to the final score.
MATER DE CATHOLIC 4, GROSSMONT 0 — The Grossmont Foothillers traveled to Chula Vista to take on Mater Dei Catholic in the Falcon Fiesta Tournament.
Ultimately the Foothillers came out on the short end 4-0.
The Crusaders scored in the bottom of the first to make it 1-0. They put up two runs in the bottom of the third to make it 3-0 and finally in the bottom of the sixth they scored again to make it 4-0.
Grossmont tried to make a nice rally but were cut short. They had two runners on with two outs but couldn’t get the clutch hit to extend their inning.
TAYLOR BAEZ and CHLOE CAMARERO each got a hit in the top of the seventh inning.
CALEXICO 11, EL CAPITAN 5 — The Vaqueros of El Capitan traveled the long drive all the way down to Calexico to take on the Bulldogs in non-league action. The Bulldogs came away with the victory 11-5.
The Vaqueros were able to put up two runs in the top half of the first. They also put up two more in the fourth inning and finally scored their other run in the sixth inning.
In the first inning it was KAYLA KRUEL who blasted a two run bomb to give the Vaqueros the early lead. ZANDRA RAGOLE on the day went 3-4 with two doubles and two runs and knocked in a run. El Capitan tallied nine hits for the game.
The Vaqueros will try to even the series as they will meet Calexico again in a couple of weeks in the Hilltop tournament.
HELIX 23, MONTGOMERY 0 — In Pacific Beach Classic action on Friday (Mar 6) the Helix Highlanders took on the Aztecs of Montgomery High and came away with the easy 23-0 victory.
The Highlanders scored two runs in the first, four in the second and three in the third to make it 9-0.
In the fourth inning the fireworks began for the Highlander offense when VICTORIA CYMAN led off with a double than SHAREENA LACHANCE brought her around to score when she singled. The next four batters for Helix all reached base, then came DESTINI BULLOCK to the plate where she would blast a grand slam. Helix would torch the Aztecs for nine runs in the fourth inning.
It was a day where everyone on the Highlanders contributed as all thirteen players reached base and all scored at least once.
On the day CLARISSA SMITH went 4-4 with a double and 2 RBI, Bullock went 3-4 with 3 homeruns and 6 RBI and finally MACKENZIE FLORES went 2-2 with a double, triple and knocked in three runs.
As far as the pitching went it was all LaChance as she went the distance of 5 innings. She only gave up 2 hits, walked 1 batter and struck out 3 to gain the victory which was her first varsity victory.
LA JOLLA 5, CHRISTIAN 2 (Late report) — The Vikings of La Jolla defeated the Christian Patriots on Friday (Mar. 6). No other information was reported.
Vaqueros get season started on right foot
By Adam Paul
© East County Sports.com
LAKESIDE (3-7-6-15) — Everyone would agree it is always a good thing to start the season off with a win and on the right foot. The El Capitan Vaqueros were able to accomplish this feat as they took on the Mar Vista Mariners in the Pacific Beach Classic. The Vaqueros pretty easily handled the Mariners 11-0 via the five inning run rule.
The first half of the inning went very easily for the Vaqueros as AMANDA VASQUEZ took the circle. The only blemish of the inning was the leadoff single. In fact it was the only hit the Mariners would get the entire game as Vasquez would mow the Mariners down one by one. She would go 4 1/3 innings and strike out two.
The defense of El Capitan played a big key in the pitching dominance as they committed no errors and pretty much sucked up everything that came their way whether it was a ground ball or a fly ball to the outfield.
On offense the Vaqueros were on fire as they banged out 11 hits on the day while scoring the 10 runs. Besides pitching, Vasquez would help her own cause as she started the scoring in the first inning with her walk, than KELZI HENZI would single moving Vasquez to second. KAYLA KRUEL flied out making it two down, than up came KACIE HOSTETLER who singled scoring Vasquez making it 1-0, next up would be KIM GARCIA who knocked in two runs with her single making it 3-0, and finally AMANDA VACARRO finished the scoring with her RBI single. The Vaqueros would lead 4-0 after one inning of play.
In the bottom of the second the Vaqueros added three more runs. The leadoff hitter JESSICA BAUER reached base via a walk, than COURTNEY WILLIAMS came up and reached base via a bunt single, moving Bauer to second. Vasquez hit a ball hard to the third baseman who made a nice play and threw out Vasquez, however this moved both Bauer and Vasquez up ninety feet. Henzi came up and blasted a double scoring both Bauer and Williams making it 6-0. AMANDA KRUEL singled thus moving Henzi over and she later scored on a fielders choice RBI by KIM GARCIA.
The Vaqueros would tack on the final runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Vasquez, Henzi, Hostetler and SHAYLA SHONARD with her two run scoring single and Bauer all provided the offense in the El Capitan half of the fourth inning.
Vasquez came out and pitched the top of the 5th inning and got the quick 1-2-3 inning to finish it out.
CLAIREMONT 7, SANTANA 6 — The Santana Sultans traveled to Clairemont to take on the Chieftains in non-league action and came up on the short end of the scoreboard 7-6.
It all started in the bottom of the first as the first two batters for Clairemont reached base on walks. The next batter came up and belted a 3-run homer to make it 3-0. The scoring for the Chieftains would also occur in the bottom of the third with two runs and also in the bottom of the 4th with another run to make it 6-0.
Many people would consider a six run deficit almost an impossible one to come back from. However you couldn’t convince the Sultans of this notion as they did their darndest to make the rally. In the top of the fifth inning the Sultans started their rally as MACKENZIE BENNETT jacked a 2-run double to left which made it now 6-2. The Sultans would score another run when MACKENZIE REYNOLDS reached base on a throwing error which allowed Bennett which cut the lead in half as it was now 6-3.
The Sultans had some more offense up their sleeves because in the very next inning the top of the 6th they put up three more runs. JORDAN TEEGARDIN roped a double to left field that would score SYDNEY BENJAMIN, making the score 6-4.
The Sultans rally didn’t stop there as CASSIDY MATTHIE came up to the plate and was able to get a hold of a pitch, sending it over the left field fence and tying the ballgame at 6-6.
In the bottom of the 6th inning the Chieftains would score what would be the winning run on an infield groundout.
Another bright spot for the Sultans was the fact that CELINE MENARD who was making her varsity debut went 2-4, which included a double.
MOUNT MIGUEL 21, MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 3 — The Matadors of Mount Miguel are on a roll so far on the early season as they were able to move their record to 2-0 with the victory over the Mountain Empire Red Hawks 21-3.
Mount Miguel started their offensive spree in the first inning when they jumped out to the 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the second they scored two more runs to make it 5-0. In the bottom half of the third was when the Matadors really opened the floodgates by putting up a 10 spot to extend their lead to 15-0.
The Red Hawks finally were able to get on the board when they scored three runs in their top half of the 4th inning. However the Matadors scored six more times to finish out their offensive output for the day as the game was called after the top of the fifth inning due to the run rule.
Offensively it was KAYLA WILLIAMS who shined for the Matadors as she went 4-4, which included three doubles and also 3 RBI on the day. CIERRA CONWRIGHT who went 2-2 knocked in two runs as well, as did LILYA SANTIESBAN who also went 2-2. Both DEANNA HERNANDEZ who also scored three runs and RASHONNA McCOY had two hits apiece. On the base path it was Hernandez, McCoy, and Williams each stealing five bases to put the Matadors in position to score as often as they did.
Pitching wise both ALICIA MONARREZ and STEPHANIE HERRERA who got the victory shined in the circle as they struck out three batters apiece.
On the day besides scoring all the runs the Matadors finished with 19 hits as well as 26 stolen bases.
Bullock makes Opening Day 2015 one to remember
By Adam Paul
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LA MESA (3-5-15) — On opening day of the season it is always great to play at home and as was the case when the Helix Highlanders took on the Olympian Eagles in first day action of the Pacific Beach Classic and coming away with the victory 11-9.
It was definitely an exciting game for fans who were in attendance as offense was aplenty. Olympian struck in the first inning off of SHAREENA LACHANCE who was making her pitching debut when they were able to put up two runs. The two runs came on two walks and a single as well as two errors by Helix.
The Highlanders, despite being down after a half an inning, came back fast and furious in their bottom half, scoring nine runs of their own. It all was started by leadoff hitter freshman BRIANA REED who led off with a double, senior CLARISSA SMITH singled, and was followed by DESTINI BULLOCK who doubled, bringing in Smith.
One of the biggest highlights of the first inning for Helix was when freshman MACKENZIE FLORES who was making her varsity debut stepped up to the plate and raked a three run blast in her first ever plate appearance. The offense continued as Helix was able to bat around and Smith added two RBI via a double and Bullock added another two RBI to her plate via a double.
In the top of the second Olympian struck again, scoring four runs to tie the ballgame. This brought out Helix Coach EMILY KOWALSKI who made the change on the mound. Replacing LaChance would be Brianna Reed who came in with one out and two runners on base and got out of the jam. Looking like a veteran pitcher and putting down the hammer on Olympian, she only needed 25 pitches to get through the rest of the game.
In the 5th inning for the Highlanders they were able to score the go ahead runs when junior JAYCIE MATTHEWS singled with one out, junior VICTORIA CYMAN than followed with a pinch hit single and Brianna Reed drove in what was ultimately the winning run via an RBI single.
“Not a bad way to start the season. We have a young team that is really starting to come together,” said Kowalski.
Reed collected the win going 3 1/3 innings, allowing no hits, no walks and no runs.
MOUNT MIGUEL 11, HIGH TECH-CV 7 — Opening day of any sport is exciting and that was the case for the Matadors of Mount Miguel as they took on the Bruins of High Tech–Chula Vista in the Pacific Beach Classic. The Matadors were able to gain the victory 11-7.
Despite being down by three after a half inning of play the Matadors in their bottom half were able to put six of their own runs on the board. In the second they scored three more and led 9-3 after two innings of play. The Bruins scored three in the fourth and the Matadors scored their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth. The final run by the Bruins came in the top half of the sixth.
The Matadors were able to put up that many runs via 12 hits as well stealing seven bases which gave them the opportunities needed to score. Many players contributed for Mount Miguel. STEPHANIE HERRERA went 3-4 and scored two runs and stole two bases, CIERRA CONWRIGHT had two RBI while scoring two runs and going 2-4 at the plate and had a stolen base, LILYA SANTIESTEBAN went 2-3 including a double and two RBI and scored a run.
Besides putting up some nice offensive stats, Herrera who is a freshman, also took the mound going six full innings and struck out eight batters in the victory.
MONTE VISTA 8, SD-SOUTHWEST 2 — The Monte Vista Monarchs opened at home against the San Diego Southwest Raiders in the Pacific Beach Classic on Wednesday (Mar. 3) and came away with the victory 8-2.
The Raiders got on the board first in the top of the second via three consecutive hits to lead 1-0 which would last until the bottom half of the fourth inning when the Monarchs would come alive and score eight runs.
Leading off the inning was CYNTHIA VALENCIA, who led off with a single, next up was JAYDE GOLDHAGEN who singled, moving Valencia to second base. RAYNA GONZALEZ singled allowing Valencia to score and moved Goldhagen to third. Gonzalez then stole second base to put both runners in scoring position. GEENA HENDERSON came up next and reached on an error by the second baseman, which allowed Goldhagen to score and Gonzalez to move up ninety feet. The next batter SIERRA GOLDHAGEN reached via a hit by pitch. MARIAH WHITEHEAD reached on another error committed by the Raider second baseman and eventually came around to score. The error allowed Henderson to score as well as Goldhagen.
Overall it was small ball that won the game for the Monarchs as it put the pressure on the Raider defense. Monte Vista on the day displayed great defense as they committed no errors and also pretty dominant pitching, which included many ground ball outs.
CALEXICO 8, CHRISTIAN 3 — In opening day action of the Pacific Beach Classic the Christian High Patriots traveled to Calexico Wednesday (Mar. 4) and were defeated 8-3.
In the circle for the Patriots was GABBY GRABOWSKI who took the hard loss but it wasn’t all bad for Christian. Two of the bright spots in the lineup were freshman SILENT RAIN ESPINOZA and ELLE LINVALD who were both making their debut and both collected two hits apiece.