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COUGAR CLASSIC: WOLF PACK WALK-OFF, PATRIOTS WIN, COUGARS TOUGH LUCK AND GROSSMONT STYMIED

2019 EAST COUNTY SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

COUGAR CLASSIC

WEST HILLS 1, IMPERIAL 0

In one of the more exciting contests of the day the Wolf Pack used a great pitching performance and timely hitting to claim the walk-off victory.

West Hills (2-1) had various opportunities including one in the bottom of the fourth in which Star Gaylord (2-3, RBI) led off with a single and Lily Youngdale (1-2) reached on an error but that would be the farthest they would get as the next three batters would be retired.

Things would get a little dicey for the Pack in the top of the fifth inning as Imperial would put together a two-out deal as they accrued two walks and a hit. However, Kimie Brouard (1-2) was able to induce a fly ball to center field that was caught by Mia Colabella for the final out.

After dodging a bullet in the top of the fifth the Pack went to business and got rolling as Brouard led off with a single, Ta’lour Graham (RUN) came into run, she would advance to second on a base hit by Shannon Kim. With no outs and runners on first and second, Callia Rooks was able to reach on an error which loaded the bases.

West Hills was in business with no outs and the bases packed and Sabrina Brown coming to the plate. Unfortunately, she struck out. So it was up to Star Gaylord who already singled earlier. On the very first pitch, Gaylord lined a base hit to center which brought home Graham for the winning run and brought cheers from the team and also the Wolf Pack faithful.

On the day West Hills had 6 hits while Imperial (2-3) was held to a lone single in the fifth inning.

Brouard for West Hills picked up the victory as she tossed 5 innings in which she gave up 0 runs on 1 hit while walking 3 and striking out 4.

It was the second victory in a row for West Hills as they had doubled up Escondido the night before.

 

PATRICK HENRY 6, VALHALLA 4

In a contest that went back and forth the Patrick Henry Patriots would take advantage of opportunities and push across a run in the bottom of the fourth and never look back.

Patrick Henry (3-0) offensively got going in the bottom of the second inning starting with a double by Lauren Nett (2-3, R, RBI, 2B) followed by consecutive walks by H. Jenks (1-2, R), Laila Spracklen (1-1, 2R) into run for Jenks, and Savannah Sutton. So with the bases loaded up stepped Sydney Newton who took a 1-2 offering and lined a base hit to center which brought home Nett to make it 1-0, Maya Dickerson (1-1, RBI) followed with a base hit to left field which scored Spracklen to make it 2-0.

The Patriots would extend their lead in the bottom of the third inning with a couple more runs to extend their lead to 4-0. A miscue in right field off the bat of Jessica Dewitt started things followed by consecutive doubles by both Olivia Gigante (1-3, R, RBI, 2B) and Nett.

Despite trailing the Valhalla Norsemen (1-3) didn’t go down and were able to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning at 4-4.

With one out Samantha Green reached on an error, Kelly Olson (RUN) walked, Maryn Jordan (1-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B) roped a double which brought home both Green and Olson, Yanely Gonzalez (1-2, R, RBI, 2B, 2 SB) doubled in Jordan to make it 4-3 and Gonzalez would actually steal both third and home to tie the score.

The Norsemen momentum wouldn’t last as the Patriots took it right back in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out rally. With two outs, Kaiah Altmeyer (1-4, R) would hit a ball to short that was misplayed allowing Altmeyer to reach, Dewitt followed with a single which advanced Altmeyer to third base and Gigante hit a fly ball that was misplayed which allowed Altmeyer to score to make it 5-4.

Patrick Henry would go on to score an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Chloe Wilson roped double which brought home Jenks who led off the inning with a single.

Jenks in the top of the sixth inning was able to retire the Norsemen in order to end the contest.

For Valhalla in the loss, Delaney Stettler went 5 innings, giving up 6 runs on 10 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.

On the other side for the Patriots, Jenks picked up the victory as she went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 3 hits while walking 2 and fanning 9 on the day.

With the victory, the Patriots have now won three games in a row.

 

LA COSTA CANYON 7, STEELE CANYON 6

The Mavericks (1-2) thought they had a comfortable lead heading into the late innings but Steele Canyon did their best with a furious comeback but would fall short.

Kelly Nutter for the Mavericks roped a double which brought home Kaitlyn Farley to give LCC an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, they would add a couple more runs on an RBI single by Desiree Dufek and a fielder’s choice by Emma Szymanowski to extend the lead to 3-0.

Steele Canyon (1-2) would cut into the Mavericks lead in the bottom of the second inning when Marley Rimoldi (1-3, RBI) singled to center field which scored Maggie Carpenter (2R, RBI) who had reached on an error to cut the lead 3-1.

The Cougars would have another opportunity in the bottom of the third with consecutive walks by Mariah Mata and Tayler Thomas, a couple of batters later with one out Audrey Bagge (R, RBI) drew a walk to load the bases. Unfortunately, LCC would get out of the jam as they were able to turn an inning-ending double play to end the threat.

Neither team would put together anything until the Mavericks in the top of the fifth inning as Farley led off with a triple, she would later score with two outs as Dufek doubled and Angelina Russo singled to score Dufek to give them a 5-1 lead.

La Costa Canyon would add a couple more runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 7-1 lead.

Down to their final outs, the Cougars knew they were in trouble but they didn’t fret. The inning started off well as Bagge walked, Amanda Whipple singled which advanced Bagge to third, Carpenter would hit a ball to Farley at short which was misplayed allowing Bagge to score and another run would come in which cut the deficit to 7-3.

A couple of batters later Danielle Directo would reach on an error allowing Carpenter to score, another error by the Mavericks off a ball hit by Thomas allowed DJ Dumeng (1-1, R) to score which made it 7-5, still with momentum the Cougars clawed even closer when with two outs Bagge drew a walk which scored Directo to bring the score to 7-6.

La Costa Canyon could feel things slipping as the Cougars had all the momentum and the tying and winning runs on base with two outs. However, Russo for the Mavericks was able to finally get the third out as Whipple flew out to right field.

Grace Richter for the Cougars took the loss as she went 6 innings giving up 7 runs on 12 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2.

For LCC, Russo tossed 6 innings while giving up 6 runs on 3 hits while walking 7 and striking out 5.

 

RAMONA 5, GROSSMONT 1

The Bulldogs would go on to score five runs over the second and third innings and never look back as they shut down the Foothillers offense.

Grossmont put together a golden opportunity in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead with one out thanks to Natie Emery (1-3) and Katalina Contreras (3-3, R) who both singled but wouldn’t reach any further.

Ramona, on the other hand, took advantage of their opportunity in the top of the second inning when Elle Roberts drove in Seneca Curo on a double and Cambria Jeffers brought in Hannah Anderson to give them a 2-0 lead.

The Foothillers thought they would push across something in the bottom of the second inning as Rainee Foster (1-2, 2B) led off with a double and Brianne Blue reached on an error. Once again though the Bulldogs were able to get out of the jam without any damage done.

Ramona added a couple more runs on a Curo double in the top of the third to make it 4-0, they would add another run on a Grossmont error.

Grossmont finally was able to put something together and get on the board in the bottom of the third inning as Aly Allman roped a double which scored Contreras who had previously singled.

It would be the lone run on the evening for the Foothillers as Ramona was able to shut them down only allowing a couple more base hits the rest of the way.

Kimmy Bond had a base hit as well for the Foothillers.

Taking the loss for the Foothillers was Contreras who went 3 innings giving up 5 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2.

For Ramona and picking up the victory was Skylar Jackson who tossed 5 innings giving up the one run on 8 hits while walking 0 and striking out 3.

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