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COUGAR CLASSIC ROUNDUP: DOBBS NO-NO’S PANTHERS WHILE PACK DROP TOUGH ONE

2019 EASTCOUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

COUGAR CLASSIC

GRANITE HILLS 12, VISTA 0 (4 INNINGS)

For the second consecutive game, the Granite Hills Eagles showed their might as they pounded the Vista Panthers on Tuesday night.

The previous dominating performance by Eagles pitching came in their previous contest against the El Capitan Vaqueros when Staci Chambers fanned 14 in no-hitting the Vaqueros.

Things got a little interesting weather wise and while the other games on the night were called due to rain the Eagles behind another dominating performance by their other ace Catie Dobbs (2-3, R, 3 RBI, HR) and the bats vanquished the Panthers easily.

Not only did Dobbs do her thing in the circle but she contributed to her cause in the top of the second inning after Sydney Huse (RUN) led off by reaching on an error she got a hold of a 3-1 count and crushed it over the center field fence for the 2-run blast to make it 2-0. With one out the Eagles received consecutive hits by Amaya Esparza and Rylee Omahen (2-2, R, RBI) followed by a walk by Baily Wallace (1-3, R, 2B) to load the bases, McKenzie Bohm (1-2, R, RBI) singled which scored Esparza, Haley Johnson (1-3, R, RBI, HR) reached on an error which scored Omahen and both Wallace and Bohm advanced. Still with the bases full and only one out Staci Chambers continued the damage as she roped a two-run single to make it 6-0.

Pitching with a six-run lead, Dobbs in the bottom of the second inning was able to get through it with only allowing a walk as she retired all three outs courtesy of strikeouts.

The Eagles added to their lead in the top of the third inning on a base hit by Omahen which allowed Morgan Kelly to score which made it 7-0. Moving along to the top of the third inning Johnson led off and on an 0-2 count got a hold of the offering and crushed it over the right-field fence, a couple batters later Dobbs again helped her cause as she singled to drive in Paige Baird who singled, Taylor Rose (RUN) came into run for Dobbs which was followed by a smash double by Chloe Knepp (1-2, R, RBI) to score Rose and Kelly advanced to third, Jaylee Jones (1-1, RBI) singled to score Kelly and Knepp stole home to round out the scoring.

Dobbs went back out for the bottom of the fourth inning and promptly retired the side via pop out and the last two on punchouts.

On the evening in the complete game shortened victory Dobbs went 4 innings in which she gave up 0 runs on 0 hits while walking 2 and fanning 10.

 

HIGH TECH SD 2, WEST HILLS 1

Early on the Wolf Pack looked like they were going to put something together with 2 outs as Sabrina Brown smashed a double, unfortunately, the next batter would be retired to end the inning.

The Storm in the bottom of the first inning took advantage with one out as Tiare Riger and Rachel Warrens both drew consecutive walks which was followed by a wild pitch which brought home Riger to make it 1-0, Warrens would come in long after on a miscue by the Wolf Pack which pushed the lead to 2-0.

Moving along to the top of the third inning and trailing the Wolf Pack gets going when Emma Bentley led off with a single, Ta’lour Graham (RUN) came into run and she would steal second base, Mia Colabella was able to lay down the bunt and reach base on a miscue which allowed Graham to come home which cut the Storm lead 2-1.

The one run was the closest the Pack would get as the Storm quieted down the bats of the Pack and also time ran out.

For the Pack, Sabrina Brown went 1-2 with a double and Dakotta Mershon also went 1-2.

Taking the hard-luck loss was Bentley who went 3 2/3 innings in which she gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4.

On the other side for the Storm, Chelsea Runyon picked up the victory as she went 4 innings in which she gave up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 0 and striking out 6 on the day.

 

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