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A DAY OF RALLIES AND A CONVINCING VICTORY IN BATTLE FOR FIRST PLACE

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

GROSSMONT HILLS LEAGUE

GRANITE HILLS 13, SANTANA 0

In what was to be an anticipated clash between two undefeated teams would turn out quickly to be a blowout victory by the visiting Eagles on Wednesday (April 10) afternoon out in Santee.

Granite Hills (15-7 Overall, 5-0 GHL) behind two big home runs by Erica Simon and stellar pitching from Staci Chambers really shut down the Sultans to only a single hit on the day.

The Eagles right away started rolling in the top of the first inning when Morgan Kelly (1-3, 2 RBI) drove in both Paige Baird (RUN) and Baily Wallace (1-2, R, 2B, SB) on a base hit to left field to make it 2-0 early on.

After a one-out double by Wallace, Rylee Omahen (1-3, R, RBI) followed with a roped double of her own to center field which brought home Wallace to make it 3-0. Still with only one out and Omahen on second base up stepped Chambers (1-2, R, 3 RBI, HR) who took the very first offering from Madison Mendez and crushed it over the centerfield fence for a two-run blast of which it was her eighth on the season to give the Eagles a 5-0 lead.

Santana (9-5 Overall, 4-1 GHL) would again be retired in order in the bottom of the second inning. Granite Hills again would add to their lead in the top of the third inning starting with back-to-back singles by Brooke Bertussi (1-3, 2R) and Sydney Huse (1-2, 3R).

After Betussi advanced to third on the base hit by Huse, Julia Tysling advanced Huse to second on a ground ball. With one out and runners on second and third base and Simon (2-4, 2R, 7 RBI, 2 HR) coming to bat, she would take an 0-1 offering from Mendez and hit a three-run home run to left field.

Leading 8-0 after three innings of play the Eagles were business but the momentum looked like it would swing to Santana only momentarily in the bottom of the fourth inning.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Sultans thought they had something going as Hailey Justice, Lakaila Aquiningoc-David and Joey Barkhimer all reached on consecutive errors. Chambers though didn’t flinch as she was able to get Shelby Holmquist to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Granite Hills in the top of the fifth inning added another run when Chambers walked to bring home Huse which made the score 9-0.

Leading 9-0 in the top of the sixth inning the Eagles added to their lead when Simon got a hold of one and hit a grand slam over the left field fence to round out the scoring.

Up to this point not only were the Sultans being shutout but they were also being no-hit by Chambers.

After back-to-back strikeouts, Chambers only needed to get the last out to finish off the no-no but Justice would break it up with a lined single to left field, Chambers would end the game with a punch out.

Starting for the Sultans, Mendez would take the loss as she only lasted 2.1 innings in which she gave up 8 runs on 7 hits and struck out 3, Barkhimer came into the contest and unfortunately didn’t fare too well as she gave up 5 runs on 2 hits while striking out 6.

Chambers on the other hand for the Eagles tossed a brilliant game as she picked up the complete 7 inning victory in which she gave up the 1 hits and struck out 8 on the day.

With the win, the Eagles have now won three games in a row.

Another note of the game was the 7 RBIs by Simon for the Eagles. With her 7 runs drive in she etched herself into the CIF San Diego Section Record book into a tie for sixth and also is the most in the East County for the current season.

 

GROSSMONT 6, STEELE CANYON 5

Trailing late in the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning 5-3 the Grossmont Foothillers would take the lead as Samaria Roope on a 1-2 crushed the next offering over the left field fence for a three-run homer and a 6-5 lead.

Grossmont (13-8 Overall, 3-2 GHL) got the scoring started in the bottom of the first when Katiana Contreras blasted a two-run homer scoring Aly Allmann to make it 2-0.

Steele Canyon (8-9 Overall, 2-3 GHL) would put runners on in the top of the second inning thanks to Tayler Thomas and Maggie Carpenter who hit back-to-back singles. Despite the threat, Roope was able to retire the next three batters to get out of the inning.

The Cougars would put together an attack in the top of the third inning starting with JJ Venzor (1-3, R, 2B) who led off with a double to left field, she would come around to score when Audrey Bagge (2-4, R, RBI, 2B) followed with another double to left field to make it 2-1. Steele Canyon would take the lead when Bianca Morales (2-4, 2R, 3 RBI, HR) jacked a two-run home run to give them a 3-2 lead.

Grossmont tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third inning when Roope (2-3, R, 4 RBI, HR) singled to score Issy Cervantes (1-2).

With the score tied in the top of the fifth inning Bagge roped a one-out triple for the Cougars, Masen Pearlstein into run, she would come into score when Morales followed with a double to center field to make it 4-3, a couple of batters later Thomas extended the lead when she singled bringing home Morales.

After grabbing the momentum the Foothillers retired the Cougars in the top in order in the top of the sixth inning. Roope would complete the comeback as she retired the Cougars in order in the top of the seventh to preserve the victory.

For the Cougars in the loss, Grace Richter went 6 innings in which she gave up 6 runs on 8 hits and struck out 6.

Roope for Grossmont tossed a complete 7 inning victory in which she gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and struck out 5.

 

WEST HILLS 5, VALHALLA 3

Trailing late the West Hills Wolf Pack (5-11, Overall, 1-4, GHL) behind multiple base hits in the top of the fifth inning pushed across four runs and shut out Valhalla (5-17 Overall, 0-5 GHL) the last two innings to get the victory in Rancho San Diego on Wednesday afternoon.

After a leadoff triple by Lily Youngdale (2-4, R, RBI, 2B) to start the top of the second inning the Wolf Pack would take a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Dakotta Mershon (1-3, RBI).

Moving along to the bottom of the third inning with two outs after Maryn Jordan (1-3, R) of Valhalla walked, Samantha Green (2-4, R) hit a ball that was misplayed allowing Jordan to come in and score to tie the game at 1-1. She would advance to second on the same error and score following another base hit by Kelly Olson (1-3, R, RBI) who advanced to second on the throw.

Leading 2-1 still in the bottom of the third inning the Norsemen tacked on another run when Yanely Gonzalez (1-4, RBI, 2B) roped a double scoring Olson to make it 3-1.

Trailing in the top of the fifth inning things started to go the way of the Wolf Pack as Emma Bentley (1-2) led off with a single, Ta’lour Graham (RUN) came into run, a couple of batters later she would be advanced to third when Shannon Kim (1-4, R) singled. With one out Sabrina Brown (1-3, R, RBI) followed with another single scoring Graham pulling the Pack within 3-2, Star Gaylord (1-4, R, RBI, 2B) followed that with a smash double to bring home Kim which tied the game at 3-3, Brown advanced to third, she would score on an error to give West Hills the lead 4-3.

West Hills would round out their scoring and extend their lead to 5-3 when Youngdale came up big with a double which scored Gaylord.

Valhalla came right back and thought they had something in the bottom of the fifth inning as Delaney Stettler (1-4, 2B) led off with a double, Green followed with a base hit advancing Stettler to third base, Olson bunted and everybody was safe.

The Norsemen were in business with the bases loaded and only one out. However, Kimie Brouard who had come into the game in relief for Bentley had other ideas. She was able to get Bailey Munch to pop up and then strike out Marissa Lupo to end the threat and the inning.

West Hills knew they had Valhalla right where they wanted them as the Norsemen were down to their final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Brouard went to work and retired Valhalla in order 1-2-3 to end the game and preserve the victory for West Hills.

For Valhalla, Stettler started and took the loss as she went 4.1 innings in which she gave up 5 runs on 6 hits while striking out 3.

On the other side Bentley picked up the victory as she went 4 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits while fanning 8 on the day, Brouard picked up the save as she tossed 3 innings of shutout in which she gave up 2 hits while striking out 4.

 

 

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