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COUGAR CLASSIC: EAGLES WIN SHOWDOWN; PATMON HOMERS LATE TO WIN

2020 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

COUGAR CLASSIC

GRANITE HILLS 6, SCRIPPS RANCH 0

ESCONDIDO (3-6-20) – A strong outing by Eagles pitcher Staci Chambers (1-3, 2 RBI, 2B) combined with a nice offensive attack propelled the Eagles to a shutout victory over Scripps Ranch on Friday.

Granite Hills would go onto push across five runs in the bottom of the second inning to really break things open.

Starting with Chloe Knepp (2-2, R, RBI, 2B) knocking in Jenna Haynal (RUN) and Bailey Wallace 3-3, 2R, 2 RBI, 2B) doubling to left field to bring both Knepp and Rylee Omahen (RUN) in to make it 3-0, Wallace would score on an error and Chambers would rope a double which allowed Brooke Bertussi (2-3, R) to come around and score.

Chambers would later in the bottom of the fourth ground out to bring home Wallace which extended the lead to 6-0.

Scripps Ranch would threaten in the top of the fifth inning thanks to Katie Rains who led off with a double but Chambers retired the next three batters of which two of them struck out.

On the day the Falcons only mustered three hits.

In her 2 innings of work, Elaine Swecker allowed 5 runs on 6 hits and walked 1 while striking out 2 in the loss.

Chambers on the day limited the Falcons in picking up the win in her 5 innings of work as she only allowed three hits while walking 1 and striking out 3 on the day.

 

PATRICK HENRY 2, MISSION HILLS 1

A late run by the Patrick Henry Patriots would be the difference as they limited the Mission Hills Grizzlies on Friday.

After neither team did anything in the first inning the Patriots started off with Shayleen Chapman (RUN, SB) being hit by a pitch, she would steal second base and advance to third when Edie Guthrie (1-2) with one out singled.

With one out and runners at the corners Sydnee Newton promptly sacrificed which Chapman was able to race home safely for the games first run.

Leading 1-0 in the top of the third inning Chapman to work in the circle and easily picked up the first two outs. Unfortunately on a 3-1 count Ariel Fifita made her pay as she blasted a solo homerun to knot the game at 1-1.

With the game tied heading to the bottom of the fourth inning both teams knew runs would come at a premium.

Leadoff hitter Jessica DeWitt would fly out to center field for the first out of the inning. Up stepped Dez Patmon (1-2, R, RBI, HR) who on the very first offering would jack a solo homerun to right field to give the Patriots the lead.

It was all Chapman would need despite giving up three walks in the last couple of innings as she shut down the Falcon bats.

Taking the hard luck loss for the Grizzlies was Leanna Garcia who went 5 innings in which she gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 3.

Chapman spun a 1 hit complete game 6 inning gem despite walking 4 as she struck out 9 on the day.

 

SANTANA 1, CARLSBAD 1

A late run by the Santana Sultans in the fourth inning to tie the game helped them claw to a tie game with the Lancers on Friday.

The Lancers would strike first in the bottom of the first inning when Laurel Moody doubled with two outs to give Carlsbad a 1-0 lead.

Santana in the top of the second would put a runner on when MacKenzie Sims doubled with two outs but she would be stranded to end the inning.

Carlsbad threatened in the bottom of the second inning as they led off with a single and later would get a walk but Emmalee Leggett would pitch out of the jam.

Moving to the top of the fourth inning and still trailing by a run the Sultans knew chances were running out and it didn’t look good as the lead batter would be retired.

With one out Joey Barkhimer singled to right field which gave the Sultans a little momentum but Issy Cyman would ground into a fielder’s choice in which Barkhimer was thrown out at second base for the second out.

A lineup change for the Sultans resulted with Hailey Phillips coming into run for Cyman, she would steal second base. Now with two outs, Sims came up and on a 2-2 count roped a double to right field which allowed Phillips to round third and race home to tie the game at 1-1.

That would be the last run of the game scored by either team.

London Jarrard for the Lancers was strong in the circle as she only allowed 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 5 in her 6 innings of work.

Leggett matched Jarrard as she went 6 innings only giving up the 1 run on 6 hits while walking 4 and striking out 4.

 

POWAY 5, STEELE CANYON 1

Five late runs over the fourth and fifth innings combined with a no-hitter for the Titans erase a deficit and allows them to grab the victory on Friday.

The Cougars would take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Madison Villaescusa who led off the inning with a walk would be called safe at home on a steal.

A couple of walks for the Cougars in the top of the third inning by Masen Pearlstein who stole second and Tayler Thomas would give them an opportunity. However the Titans would get out of the inning unscathed.

Still only trailing by one run in the bottom of the fourth inning the Titans were able to finally get something as Paige Donnelly hit a solo homerun over the center field fence to tie the game. Later in the inning Lucy Boretto would score on a Cougars miscue which allowed them to take a 2-1 lead.

Three more runs for the Titans would come in the bottom of the fifth inning and unfortunately the Cougars couldn’t string any hits together to answer the rest of the contest.

Despite walking 6 on the night Kenzi Schultz was able to pick up the victory as she worked all 7 innings in which she tossed a no-hitter while giving up 1 run and striking out 10.

On the other side for the Cougars, Davina Moya took the loss as she worked 5 innings in which she gave up 5 runs on 6 hits while striking out 3.

 

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