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COUGAR CLASSIC ROUNDUP: EASTERN TEAMS SWEEP OPENING GAMES

2019 EASTCOUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

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COUGAR CLASSIC

#9 STEELE CANYON 7, UNIVERSITY CITY 1

The Steele Canyon Cougars once again is a team to be reckoned with and on opening night a balanced effort provided the victory.

With the score 0-0 in the top of the third and one out JJ Venzor (2-3, 2R, RBI, 2 3B) on a 3-1 count smashed a hard hit ball to right field in which she was able to round her way to third for a triple, Audrey Bagge (2-3, 2R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) followed with a crushed ball over the center field fence to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.

University City threatened in the bottom of the third as they tallied three consecutive one-out hits but Grace Richter didn’t panic and was able to induce the final two outs to get out of the jam.  Still leading in the top of the fifth with one out Taylor Thomas (1-3, R, RBI) for the Cougars got things rolling as she roped a single to center field, Venzor followed with another smash triple which scored Thomas and Bagge came up and hammered her second home run of the evening to extend the lead to 5-0.

The Cougars added more in the top of the sixth when Marley Rimoldi (R, BB) led off with a walk, she would eventually steal third base and come into score on a wild pitch to make it 6-0, Thomas followed with a sacrifice fly to score Mariah Mata (RUN) who walked earlier to round out the scoring.

The Centurions would finally get on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs but Richter would retire the next batter on a pop out into foul territory which was caught by Kassandra Jaggard to end the game.

For the Cougars, Richter would toss 6 innings for the complete game victory in which she only gave up the 1 run on 6 hits, she also walked 2 and struck out 2 on the evening.

 

PATRICK HENRY 4, #2 EASTLAKE 3

The Cougar Classic at Kit Carson Park every year never disappoints with a big win by a team over a highly touted team and this year is no different as the Patriots held onto beat the Titans.

Led by H. Jenks (1-2, R, 3 RBI, HR) who gave the momentum to the Patriots early on the top of the first inning with two outs as she jacked a three-run home run over the center field fence to give Patrick Henry a 3-0 advantage. The home run by Jenks was aided by one ball hit by Olivia Gigante (R, RBI) that was misplayed by Eastlake, the next batter Lauren Nett (1-3, R) singled to left field to keep the inning alive for Jenks. Henry threatened for more as Savannah Sutton (1-2, 2B) doubled and Dezianna Patman (2-3) singled but the next batter would be retired.

Patrick Henry was able to add more in the top of the second inning when Laila Spracklen led off with a walk, Kaiah Altmeyer (3-3) singled, both would advance and Spracklen would score after tagging up on a sacrifice fly by Gigante to make it 4-0.

The Patriots were moving right along until the bottom of the fourth when the Titans Sharlize Palacios hit a solo home run to make it 4-1. Eastlake would pull within 4-3 on a two-run home run by Bella Brock off of Gigante who had come into relieve Jenks.

Gigante didn’t panic and calmly retired the next three batters in order to end the inning.

She would again retire the Titans in order in the bottom of the fifth to preserve the victory.

Jenks for the Patriots got the victory in which she went 3 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit while walking 3 and striking out 2. Gigante came in and got the save while tossing 2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 1.

 

GROSSMONT 11, MISSION VISTA 1

Big bats and big innings along with pitching propel the Grossmont Foothillers to the convincing victory over Mission Vista on Monday evening.

Mission Vista would actually take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a couple of base hits. However, the slim lead wouldn’t last as Grossmont would take a 2-1 lead thanks to a Katalina Contreras (2-2, R, 2 RBI, HR) 2-run blast that scored Kimmy Bond (2-2, R), a couple of batters later after Jordan Brown (3-3, 3R, RBI, 2B) roped a double Samaria Roope (1-2, R, RBI, 2B) would knock her in to make it 3-1 and Jessica Medlin singled in Issy Cervantes to push the lead 4-1.

Grossmont would push the lead even further in the bottom of the third inning as Aly Allman (2R) would score on a wild pitch, Medlin followed with a base hit to score both Brown and Roope which made it 7-1 and a couple of batters later Brianne Blue (1-2, RBI) drove in Medlin to make it 8-1.

Leading by a seven-run margin the Foothillers were in command. They would add their final three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Brown would drive In Halle Sweiss (1-3, R), Allman would come in on a Mission Vista miscue.

Roope with the 11-1 lead would only allow one baserunner to reach in the top of the fifth inning on an error. She would retire the next two batters to end the game.

On the day in the complete game victory, Roope tossed 5 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 8.

 

VALHALLA 12, CHAPARRAL 10

In one of the higher scoring contests of the day the Valhalla Norsemen used a big third inning and were able to preserve the victory over the Pumas on Monday evening.

Early on the Pumas would take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but the Norsemen would erase that deficit with a couple of runs of their own.

With one out in the bottom of the first inning Delaney Stettler singled, Samantha Greene followed with a single, Aubrey Baker came into run for Stettler, Kelly Olson would lift a fly ball to right field that would be misplayed allowing Baker to score and Maryn Jordan followed with a base hit to score Green to tie the game at 2-2.

With the score tied at 2-2 in the top of the second inning, the Pumas took advantage of their at-bats and pounded Stettler to the tune of 7 runs to retake the lead 9-2. Trailing by seven runs the Norsemen didn’t fret and went to business in the bottom half of the inning. They started off with a lead walk by Marissa Lupo, Emily Van Der Zalm singled and Jade Hill followed with a hit to load the bases, Stettler drew a walk which scored Lupo, Green walked to score Van Der Zalm, Olson followed with a walk which scored Hill to make it 9-5, a couple batters later Baker would score and with two outs Baily Munch laced a single which allowed both Green and Olson to score to pull within 9-8.

Valhalla would eventually tie the game at 9-9 in the bottom of the third inning when Andrea Garcia came into score on a walk, Baker would score on a ground ball out and Green came into score on a sacrifice fly by Yanely Gonzalez which made it 11-9. Valhalla tacked on their final run when Olson came into score on a Puma wild pitch to make it 12-9.

Unfortunately for Valhalla, the lead wasn’t completely safe as Chaparral would rally and push across a couple more runs to pull within 12-11 but Stettler would settle down to pull out the victory.

Stettler in the victory went 4 innings giving up 10 runs on 10 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1.

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