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COUGAR CLASSIC ROUNDUP: COUGARS CARPENTER PROVIDES FIREWORKS, PATRICK HENRY PATRIOTS REMAIN UNBEATEN, WILD DAY AT KIT CARSON PARK

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

COUGAR CLASSIC

#7 STEELE CANYON 4 (2-2), CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 2 (1-3)

Both teams went back and forth with the score tied late at 1-1 until the top of the fifth when the Cougars took the lead on a big blast by Maggie Carpenter (3-3, 2R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) and never looked back.

After a hit and a walk, the Dons were faced with two outs when a fly ball was hit to left and misplayed allowing a run to score to make it 1-0 early on.

Despite giving up the one run the Cougars started off right as Carpenter smashed a double to left field, she would later come into score on a lined single to left by DJ Dumeng (1-3, RBI) to tie the game at 1-1.

Steele Canyon had an opportunity to put more on the board in the bottom of the second as Audrey Bagge (1-2, R) walked with one out, Amanda Whipple (1-3) would ground into a fielders choice with Bagge being thrown out, Mariah Matta came into run for Whipple and Carpenter followed with a base hit advancing Matta to second but neither would move any farther.

With the score still tied at 1-1 and neither team able to do anything on the offense it didn’t look like the Cougars would do anything as the Dons generated 2 quick outs. However, that changed when Bagge singled which was followed by another single by Whipple, Kassandra Jaggard (RUN) came into run. Next up for the Cougars was Carpenter who on the very first offering without a doubt hammered it over the center field fence for the three-run bomb to give them a 4-1 lead.

The Cougar faithful who traveled up to Kit Carson knew it was gone right off the bat as they all jumped up and roared with cheers.

The Dons, however, wouldn’t go down without a fight and put up a small two-out rally of their own. A couple of base hits including a double and a single cut the Cougars lead in half at 4-2 but Richter was able to retire the very next batter to end the inning.

Cathedral would put a runner on in the top of the sixth inning with a lead double but once again the defense and Richter went to business and retired the next three Dons hitters in order to end the game.

Grace Richter for the Cougars tosses a complete 6 innings for the victory in which she gave up 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 0.

 

PATRICK HENRY 5 (4-0), DEL NORTE 1 (3-1)

The Patriots have been on a roll over the last couple days winning all their contests and on Saturday it was no different as they came from behind and never looked back.

Del Norte would strike first in the top of the third inning with 2 outs as they took advantage of a Patriots miscue which allowed Valeria Pero to score to give the Nighthawks the early 1-0 lead.

The lead wouldn’t hold as Patrick Henry started the bottom half of the inning with consecutive singles by Maya Dickerson (1-1) and Kaiah Altmeyer (1-2, R, 2 SB), Dickerson would be thrown out at third but Altmeyer would be safe at second on the double steal, she would advance to third on a Jessica Dewitt (2-3, R, 3 SB) single, she proceeded to steal second, Altmeyer came into score and tie the game at 1-1 on a base hit by Olivia Gigante (1-3, RBI). Henry would then make a gutsy call by having Dewitt steal home in which she was safe to give the Patriots the lead 2-1.

Patrick Henry added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth with one out as Sydney Newton (1-2, R, SB) and Dezianna Patman (1-2, R, SB) each singled, Newton stole third and Patman stole second, Laila Spracklen (RBI) grounded out but Newton raced home to make it 3-1 and Patman advanced to third. With two outs and runners on the Patriots added more as Dewitt reached on an error scoring Patman and once again another gutsy call as Altmeyer stole home to make it 5-1.

Also contributing to the 9 hits was Lauren Nett who went 2-3.

The five runs would be all Gigante would need run wise as she held the Nighthawks in check and picked up the victory. In the victory, she went all 5 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit while walking 1 and fanning 5 on the day.

 

VALHALLA 12 (2-3), OLP 1 (1-4)

The Norsemen would put up a big 12 spot in the top of the second inning and never look back to claim the convincing win over the Pilots.

For Valhalla, Maryn Jordan (2-3, 2R, 2 RBI) led off with a single, a couple of batters later she would score on a wild pitch to give them an early 1-0 lead, Devyn Ruffer (2-2, 2R, 2B) roped a double, she would come into score on a single by Bailey Munch (1-3, R, RBI), a couple of batters later Jade Hill (2-4, R, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B) smashed a two-run triple to extend the lead to 4-0, Delaney Stettler (1-2, RBI, 2B) followed with a double which brought Hill home to make it 5-0. Getting back to the top of the lineup brought back Jordan who singled to score two more runs which made it 7-0. Valhalla in the inning would go on to score five more runs to push the lead to 12-0.

Del Norte finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs as they accrued multiple hits and walks to push across a run. However, that would be all they would get as Emily Van Der Zalm would finally get the final out to end the ball game.

Picking up the victory for the Norsemen was Stettler who tossed 2 innings in which she gave up 0 runs on 0 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2, Jordan came in relief and tossed an inning giving up 0 runs on 0 hits and walking 1 and striking out 2.

On the day the Norsemen pounded out 13 hits against the Nighthawks.

 

CARLSBAD 4 (3-0-1), GROSSMONT 1 (1-2)

The Lancers jumped out early taking advantage of opportunities pushing across 3 runs in the top of the first to lead 3-0 and never looked back on Saturday morning.

Carlsbad jumped right away starting off with a lead double by Zoe Nolte, a couple of batters later she came around to score on a base hit by Maele Hensch to make it 1-0, a couple of ground outs later and the lead was three runs for the Lancers.

The Foothillers in the bottom of the second inning cut into the Lancers lead as Samaria Roope reached on an error, Issy Cervantes singled, a couple of batters later Jamie Medlin drove in Cervantes on a single to make it 3-1.

The Lancers pushed across another run in the top of the third to make it 4-1.

Grossmont thought they had something going in the bottom of the third inning with one out as Aly Allmann walked, Jordan Brown singled, Allmann advanced to third on a passed ball and Roope singled, unfortunately, Rainee Foster would hit into a double play to end the inning.

Despite having 7 hits on the day the Foothillers couldn’t put together any type of consistency as the Lancers limited them on the day.

Roope took the loss for the Foothillers as she went 5 innings in which she gave up 4 runs on 2 hits while walking 5 and striking out 4.

For Carlsbad picking up the victory was Hensch who went 5 innings giving up 1 run on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1.

 

GROSSMONT 8 (2-2), TORREY PINES 4 (3-2)

Grossmont in the second contest of the day jumped out early as they scored 4 runs in the first and 4 more in the second inning and held the Falcons in check for the victory.

The Foothillers with one out received consecutive walks by Katalina Contreras and Aly Allmann. With runners on Samaria Roope followed with a bomb of a hit as she hammered it over the left field fence for the three-run blast.

Leading 4-0 the Foothillers were in business against the Falcons but they didn’t go down easily as they scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to cut the Grossmont lead in half 4-2. For the Falcons, Kyra Chan scored on an error and Kaili Aqui scored on a base hit by Valentina Perrone.

Grossmont answered right back as Kimmy Bond led off with a walk, Natie Emery walked as did Contreras to load the bases, a couple of batters later Roope was hit by a pitch which brought Bond home to make it 5-2, Jordan Brown followed with a base hit to score both Emery and Contreras, Medlin followed with a base hit which brought home Alyssa Box-Agustin to extend the lead to 8-2.

Torrey Pines would again answer with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning as Chan singled and scored on a hit by Aqui, she would eventually come into score as she stole home to make it 8-4.

Roope picked up the victory in which she went 4 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4.

 

CARLSBAD 6, #3 GRANITE HILLS 1

Despite out hitting the Lancers 6-2, the Granite Hills Eagles could only muster one run on the day in the loss.

Carlsbad took advantage of an early opportunity in the top of the first inning after a lead hit by Zoe Nolte, a walk by Julia Bender and a one-out walk by Ashley Bowers. They would push across 2 runs thanks to an Eagles miscue to take an early 2-0 lead.

The two runs for the Lancers came with two outs and this set the tempo early on.

With the score still 2-0 in favor of the Lancers the Eagles in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs received consecutive hits by Catie Dobbs and Brooke Bertussi but neither would go any farther.

Things in the top of the fifth unraveled for the Eagles as the Lancers pushed across four more runs to take a 6-0 lead thanks to multiple walks and a couple of Eagles errors.

Granite Hills finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning as Staci Chambers knocked in Bailey Wallace but it was too late as Carlsbad retired the next batter to end the ball game.

Dobbs took the loss for the Eagles going 4 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 1 hit while walking 7 and striking out 8.

 

#3 GRANITE HILLS 1, WEST HILLS 0

In the later contest an old-fashioned pitchers duel materialized as both the Packs Kimie Brouard and the Eagles Staci Chambers shut down both offenses but the Eagles would push across a run late for the victory.

Granite Hills in the bottom of the first inning thought they had something as Bailey Wallace led off with a single. However, Brouard had other ideas as she retired the next three batters consecutively on pop-ups and a strikeout to end the inning.

The Wolf Pack in the top of the second inning started things right with a lead single by Star Gaylord and a walk by Lily Youngdale but Chambers buckled down and got out of the jam to end the inning.

Amaya Esparza in the bottom of the second with two outs roped a double giving the Eagles a runner in scoring position but again Brouard got out of the inning as she struck out Brooke Bertussi.

Another opportunity for Granite Hills presented itself in the bottom of the fourth as Chambers led off reaching on an error, a couple of batters later with one out Sydney Huse singled but West Hills would get out of it as Esparza would line into an inning-ending double play.

West Hills in the top of the fifth with one out would get a runner on base thanks to Jules Fossing being hit by a Chambers pitch but they couldn’t move her any further.

Moving to the bottom of the sixth inning with the score still tied at 0-0 and both teams struggling to do anything things looked like they wouldn’t end.

Leadoff hitter Bailey Wallace would walk, McKenzie Boehm laid down a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by the Wolf Pack allowing Wallace to advance to third base, Boehm advanced to second on defensive indifference called by the umpire, up stepped Haley Johnson who hit a fly ball to center field and Wallace tagged and raced home for the game-winning run.

For the Pack and taking the hard-luck, loss was Brouard who tossed 5 1/3 innings giving up 1 run on3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2.

Picking up the victory for the Eagles was Chambers who tossed 6 innings giving up 0 runs on 1 hit while walking 2 and fanning 9 on the day.

 

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