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COUGAR CLASS ROUNDUP: HENRY SUFFERS FIRST LOSS WHILE VALHALLA MAKES IT TO BRONZE CHAMPIONSHIP

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

COUGAR CLASSIC

PLATINUM BRACKET SEMI-FINALS

CARLSBAD 2, PATRICK HENRY 1

Patrick Henry (4-1) who earned their way into the toughest bracket Semi-Finals with four big wins showed they are a possible contender despite the setback to the Carlsbad Lancers (5-0-1).

Both sides pitching wise went back and forth but the Lancers would strike the early blow in the top of the first inning with a run pushed across after consecutive walks.

The Lancers leading 1-0 in the top of the third inning were able to add another run on a Kennedy Jarrard fielders choice that brought home Alexa Mikesha to make it 2-0.

Patrick Henry thought they were going to be able to scrape something in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out as Lauren Nett (2-2) singled and H. Jenks reached on an error which advanced Nett to third base. Unfortunately, neither would advance any further as Carlsbad got out of the inning.

Still trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth the Patriots finally got on the board when Dezianna Patmon (1-2, R, RBI, HR) jacked a leadoff home run to bring Patrick Henry within 2-1. However, that would be the closest they would get as the next three batters were retired to end the game and preserve the victory for the Lancers.

Maele Hensch for the Lancers picked up the victory as she went 3 1/3 innings giving up 0 runs on 2 hits.

For Patrick Henry H. Jenks took the loss as she went 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 5 and striking out 3.

 

GOLD BRACKET-SEMI FINALS

EASTLAKE 2, GRANITE HILLS 0

After both teams shut each other down the Eastlake Titans finally took advantage an opportunity in the top of the sixth inning with multiple walks and hits to push across the games first runs.

With one out in the inning Saige Alfaro was hit by a pitch, then Sharlize Palacios followed with a base hit to put runners on first and second, a couple of batters later with 2 outs Taylor Tropp singled to load the bases and on a full count Bella Brock would draw a walk which scored a run to make it 1-0. Eastlake added another run when Areli Nava walked to score Hannah Slike.

Early on it looked like Granite Hills would score the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning with two outs. Eastlake would commit consecutive errors including a misplayed pop fly by Morgan Kelly and a ball hit to the shortstop by Paige Baird but neither would advance.

Once again the Eagles in the bottom of the third inning had an opportunity as Baily Wallace led off with single but wouldn’t advance any further as Alfaro retired the next batters.

Granite Hills on the day was limited to 4 hits including one each by Wallace, Haley Johnson, Staci Chambers, and Rylee Omahen.

Picking up the victory was Alfaro who went all 6 innings only giving up the 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2.

For the Eagles, Chambers took the loss as she came in and went 5 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 5 and striking out 4.

 

SILVER BRACKET SEMI-FINALS

SCRIPPS RANCH 10, GROSSMONT 7

A late fifth inning rally by the Scripps Ranch Falcons (5-2) assured them the victory on the day over the Grossmont Foothillers (2-3).

Things got rolling early on as the Falcons pushed across a couple of runs in the top of the first inning starting with a double by Alyssa Vilke and a misplayed ball in the outfield which scored the second run.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning it looked like the Foothillers would just be retired as the first two batters got out. However, consecutive errors by the Falcons and a single by Samaria Roope (2-3, R, RBI, HR) eventually led to a run for the Hillers. They would score on another miscue by the Falcons this time Katalina Contreras (2-4, 2R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) came in on an error in the outfield.

Having cut into the Falcons lead the Foothillers had the momentum and took advantage in the bottom of the second with another 2 out rally. With 2 outs Brianna Blue (RUN) reached on an error which was followed by a Kimmy Bond (1-3, R) base hit, Blue would come into score on a fielder’s choice by Natalie Emery (1-3, R, RBI) to tie the game 2-2, the Hillers took the lead 3-2 when Contreras followed with a roped double which brought home Bond.

Scripps Ranch would erase the Hillers lead in the top of the third inning on a Sarah Nakahara leadoff solo home run.

The 3-3 tie ball game didn’t last though as Grossmont once again regained the lead on a leadoff solo jack over the left field fence by Roope to give them a 4-3 lead.

Once again the Falcons would take back the momentum with a couple of runs to retake the lead 5-4 in the top of the fourth inning.

More fireworks came for the Hillers in the bottom of the inning as Contreras smashed a double which brought home Bond to tie the game at 5-5, that was followed by an RBI single by Aly Allmann which scored Emery to give Grossmont a 6-5 lead. They tacked on another run to make it 7-5 on a Roope walk.

Unfortunately, the Falcons were not done on offense. In the top of the fifth multiple hits would lead to five runs scored and a 10-7 lead to which Grossmont couldn’t recover from as they would be retired in order in the bottom of the fifth inning and also the sixth inning to end the game.

For the Falcons it was Elaine Swecker who picked up the win as she came in relief and went 2 innings giving up 0 runs on 0 hits.

For Grossmont, Roope took the loss as she went 6 innings giving up 10 runs on 14 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7.

 

BRONZE BRACKET SEMI-FINALS

LA COSTA CANYON 4, STEELE CANYON 2

A three-run fourth inning was all the La Costa Canyon Mavericks (4-3) needed as they extended their lead to 4-0 and never looked back as they took care of Steele Canyon (2-3) on Monday.

The Mavericks struck first in the bottom of the second inning thanks to Desiree Dufek who blasted a 2-0 count over the left field fence for a leadoff home run to give LCC a 1-0 lead.

Steele Canyon picked up some momentum in the top of the fourth inning as Tayler Thomas (1-3, R) led off with single, then with one out JJ Venzor (1-2, R) singled to advance Tayler to second base but LCC would get out the jam as they retired the next two batters to end the inning.

After a lead hit by Dufek a misplayed ball by the Cougars would allow her to score to make it 2-0 followed by another hit to make it 3-0 and later on another run would come into score.

La Costa Canyon added to their lead with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a misplayed ball by the Cougars to make it 5-0.

Despite trailing in the bottom of the fifth inning the Cougars didn’t go down without a fight starting with a lead walk by Thomas, then with one out Venzor would walk followed by a base hit by Bianca Morales (1-3, RBI) to bring home Thomas to make it 5-1 which was followed by an RBI ground out by Amanda Whipple which made it 5-2.

Steele Canyon put a couple of runners on in the top of the seventh starting with a lead single by Marley Rimoldi (1-3), with one out Thomas would hit into a fielder’s choice.

With two outs and Thomas on at first base, Audrey Bagge drew a walk which followed by another walk to Venzor to load the bases. Unfortunately, the game would end on an attempt by Thomas to steal home in which she was caught out by Dufek to end the game.

Angelina Russo for the Mavericks picked up the victory as she tossed 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 6 and striking out 6.

For the Cougars, it was Grace Richter taking the loss in which she went 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1 on the day.

 

VALHALLA 10, OTAY RANCH 2

With the score tied at 1-1 the Valhalla Norsemen went on the offensive in the bottom of the third inning and scored six times and never looked back t take the victory over the Mustangs.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning the Norsemen took advantage of an opportunity as Jade Hill led off with a hit, she would come around to score as Delaney Stettler roped a ball to center field that went for a double to notch the score 1-1.

Once again the Norsemen took advantage of what was given to them in the bottom of the third inning with the score tied at 1-1. Leadoff hitter Hill walked, Stettler, singled, Samantha Green reached on an error which scored Hill, back-to-back base hits by Yanely Gonzalez and Maryn Jordan extended the lead 4-1, another error by Otay pushed the lead to 6-1 which was followed by a Hill base hit to score Bailey Munch which made it 7-1.

Leading by six runs in the bottom of the fourth the Norsemen went for more starting with Green leading off by reaching on an error, Kelly Olson singled, Jordan Singled and a couple of batters later Munch drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, which was followed by a ball hit by Devyn Ruffer that was misplayed and a base hit by Marissa Lupo to make it 10-1.

Otay Ranch would push across one more run for their final one in the top of the fifth inning but Valhalla would end the game on a fielder’s choice.

For the Mustangs, Gissette Garcia took the loss as she went 2 2/3 innings giving up 7 runs on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4.

For the Norsemen, Stettler went all 5 innings for the complete game victory only giving up 2 runs on 2 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1.

 

BRONZE BRACKET CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

LA COSTA CANYON 4, VALHALLA 2

The Valhalla Norsemen took on the La Costa Canyon Mavericks (4-3) in the championship game and unfortunately ran out of steam offensively as they were held to a lone hit on the evening.

With the score still tied at 0-0, the Mavericks took advantage of two consecutive walks to start the top of the third inning. With one out and a runner on, Kayla Loustalot laid down a bunt that was misplayed by Valhalla allowing Kelly Nutter to advance to third base, Alyssa Cortinas followed with a hit scoring Nutter and Desiree Dufek doubled in Loustalot to make it 2-0. La Costa Canyon added a third run to make it 3-0.

Valhalla in the bottom of the fourth inning would cut the Mavericks lead to one run with two outs as Samantha Green was hit by a pitch, then Kelly Olson on a 1-1 count took the offering and blasted it over the center field fence to cut the deficit to 3-2. But the Mavericks would get out of the inning on the next batter.

The Norsemen had some momentum going but the Mavericks took it right back in the top of the fifth with one out as Cortinas singled, Dufek is hit by a pitch, she would come around to score to add an insurance run at 4-2.

Valhalla had one more opportunity to do something but they could only muster a 2 out walk by Aubrey Baker before Angelina Russo retired Delaney Stettler on a strikeout to claim the victory and the championship.

Russo tossed 6 innings of near no-hit ball only giving up the 2 runs on 1 hit while walking 1 and striking out 7.

For Valhalla, Maryn Jordan got the nod but took the loss going 6 innings while giving up 4 runs on 6 hits while walking 4 and striking out 2.

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