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COUGAR CLASSIC ROUNDUP: EASTERN TEAMS WIN MAJORITY

2019 EASTCOUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

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COUGAR CLASSIC

WEST HILLS (1-1) 8, ESCONDIDO (0-2) 4

The Wolf Pack coming off the tough-luck loss went to business early as they pushed across eight runs over the first three innings.

It all started when Sabrina Brown (3-3, R, 4 RBI) laced a single to center field that brought Shannon Kim (3-3, 2R, 2 RBI, 2B, SB) home who had singled and stole second to make it 1-0. A couple of batters later Lily Youngdale (2-2, R, RBI) drove in Brown to push it to 2-0.

West Hills in the top of the second took advantage of a miscue by Escondido with two outs as Callia Rooks (2R, RBI) hit a lined shot but was able to reach, Kim followed with a single to put runners at first and second, Brown followed with an RBI single which scored Rooks to extend the lead to 3-0.

Once again the Wolf Pack used some two-out magic in the top of the third inning when Rooks drew a walk that scored Youngdale, Kim followed with a roped double which brought home Dakotta Mershon (1-2, R) and Mia Colabella (1-3, R).

The Wolf Pack were not done in the inning as Brown lined a single to center field which brought home both Rooks and Kim.

With the score now 8-0 in favor of the Pack things were looking good as Kimie Brouard was shutting down the Cougars.

Escondido would finally get on the board when Kayla Carter led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run. They would later in the inning add on three more runs to cut the Pack lead in half 8-4. Despite the momentum in favor of the Cougars, Brouard was able to get out of the jam thanks to a Cougar runner caught stealing home, a strikeout and a comebacker which she promptly threw to Star Gaylord for the third out to end the game due to time restraints.

Brouard for the Pack went all 4 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 0 and striking out 3 in the victory.

 

PATRICK HENRY 8 (2-0), CHAPARRAL (2-6), 2

Three home runs lead to a big six-run third inning for the Patriots who use the momentum to garner the victory.

Chaparral would actually take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning thanks to a lead walk, triple and a passed ball before Patrick Henry would get out of the inning.

The two-run deficit didn’t deter the Patriots as they would break through in the bottom of the third inning which started with a one double by Kaiah Altmeyer (2-3, R, 2B), she came around to score on a Jessica Dewitt (3-3, 2R, RBI, SB) single.

Now with some momentum up stepped Olivia Gigante (1-2, R, 2 RBI, HR) who on the first pitch blasted it over the center field fence to give the Patriots their first lead of 3-2, Lauren Nett (1-3, R, RBI, HR) followed the two-run blast with a solo home run to extend the lead 4-2, a couple batters later after a single by Savannah Sutton (1-2) the Patriots added more runs as H. Jenks (1-1, R, 2 RBI, HR) hammered a shot over the left field fence to push the lead to 6-2.

Patrick Henry had all the momentum and never looked back and actually added to their lead when Laila Spracklen (1-2, R, 2B, SB) stole home in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 7-2 which was followed by another steal of home by Dewitt to push the score to 8-2.

Gigante in the circle for the Patriots was able to garner a game-ending double play in the top of the fifth inning.

On the day Gigante went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 4 and striking out 2 in the victory.

 

#3 GRANITE HILLS 8 (3-0), MIRA MESA (1-2) 0

Big fifth inning and dominant pitching were a good recipe for success on Thursday evening for the Granite Hills Eagles in their victory over Mira Mesa.

Mira Mesa accomplished what the two previous teams whom the Eagles faced couldn’t do and that was get a hit as they would get what ended up being their only one on the night in the top of the first inning.

The Eagles actually had a threat going in the bottom of the first inning on a lead double by Baily Wallace (3-3, R, RBI, 2B) but she would be stranded.

Granite grabbed momentum in the bottom of third as Rylee Omahen (2-3, 2R, 2 RBI) singled to lead things off, Wallace followed with a walk and MacKenzie Boehm (RUN) reached on an error to load the bases. Up stepped Haley Johnson (RBI) with the bags full and she drew a walk to score Omahen which gave Granite a 1-0 lead, Staci Chambers (1-3, 2 RBI, 2B) followed with a 2-run double which brought home both Wallace and Boehm.

The three-run lead was all Chambers needed as she cruised along thanks to Mira Mesa hitting where the defense was.

The Eagles were not satisfied with only three runs and were able to strike for more in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Morgan Kelly (2-3, R, RBI) drove in Paige Baird (RUN) which was followed by a double by Sydney Huse (1-2), she would be lifted for Jaylee Jones who came in as a courtesy runner, Kelly advanced to third and would later come into score on a single by Omahen, Wallace followed with another RBI single to score Amaya Esparza and Omahen was able to safely steal home to round out the scoring.

The game would end thanks to tournament time rules.

Chambers in the circle for the Eagles struck out 6 and walked 2 while only giving up the 1 hit in the 5 inning complete game victory.

 

BRAWLEY 10 (2-1), #7 STEELE CANYON 3 (1-1)

Despite taking the momentum early on the Cougars struggled to hold it while the Wildcats took advantage of opportunities to pull away for the victory.

Steele Canyon went to business right away as Bianca Morales (2-3, R, RBI, HR) following Tayler Thomas (RUN) leading off getting hit blasted a 2-run homer over the center field fence to give the Cougars an early 2-0 lead. They added another run as Audrey Bagge (1-2, R, RBI, HR) followed with a solo blast for the back-to-back jacks and a 3-0 lead.

Brawley, however, came right back as they took advantage of an error and a walk, Dilynn Gill (2-2, 3R, 2 RBI,2B) a couple of batters later doubled which brought home Haylee Garcia (1-2, 2R) to make it 3-1, with two outs the Wildcats tied the score at 3-3 thanks to a two-run double by Brianna Hoffman.

The Wildcats extended their lead in the bottom of the third when Lilliana Martinez (1-2, 2R, 3 RBI, HR) jacked a three-run homer to make it 6-3. Brawley added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and tacked on their final run in the bottom of the fifth just before the game was called due to time restraints.

In the loss for the Cougars, Grace Richter went 2 innings giving up 6 runs on 4 hits while walking 2.

For the Wildcats Martinez garnered the victory going 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 an striking out 6.

 

 OTAY RANCH 4 (1-1), VALHALLA 2, (1-2)

A 2-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Mustangs gave them the momentum and also a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Valhalla with the score tied at 0-0 took momentum in the top of the fourth as Samantha Green hit a ball to right field that went for a triple, a couple of batters later she would come home on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.

Otay Ranch in the bottom of the inning tied the score 1-1 thanks to a one-out solo home run by Gisselle Garcia.

Garcia again struck damage in the bottom of the sixth inning with a 2-run blast to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead, Natalia Ojeda followed with a solo home run to make it 4-1.

Valhalla actually was able to cut the lead in half with two outs in the top of the seventh inning starting with a single by Devyn Ruffer, after taking second base she would come around to score on a Emily Van Der Zalm base hit to make it 4-2. That would be the closest the Norsemen would get as the next batter was retired to end the contest.

Delaney Stettler in the loss for Valhalla went 6 innings in which she gave up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5.

Garcia not only not only hit 2 home runs but also pitched a complete 7 inning victory as she gave up 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 0 and striking out 9.

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