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DI SEMIFINALS: Foothillers Journey Ends as Falcons Are Too Much

2019 EAST COUNTY SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

DIVISION I SEMI-FINALS GAME TWO

#1 SCRIPPS RANCH 6, #3 GROSSMONT 2

POWAY – In the second game of the evening, the Scripps Ranch Falcons used a three-run sixth inning to procure their ticket to the championship game on Friday night.

Grossmont who came into the contest looking for a return trip to the CIF Finals and a return to the Division I Finals since 2011 when they beat Poway 4-3. Their last trip back in 2016 went through the Poway Sportsplex.

Early on the Falcons would lead 1-0 as Alyssa Vilke launched a shot over the left field fence which gave them the early momentum.

They would add a second run in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of a passed ball which allowed Kailani Williams to cross home which made it 2-0.

Later in the top of the sixth inning, the Falcons would take advantage of a couple of Foothillers mistakes and a base hit all with two outs to lead 5-0

Grossmont would finally answer in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runs of their own to cut the deficit to 5-2. With one out Samaria Roope walked, Jamie Medlin came into run, both her and Aly Allmann came into score on a Katalina Contreras double to left field.

Still with one out and runners on the Hillers looked for more in the inning but would be denied as Ashley Tong got out of the inning.

Scripps Ranch answered back in the top of the seventh inning with a run thanks to Julia Cornelissen who knocked in Vilke who had previously doubled.

Now trailing by four runs the Foothillers were down to their final at-bat but they would only get a single by Allmann before Roope flied out for the final out of the inning.

Roope who went all 7 innings for Grossmont took the loss in which she gave up 6 runs on 9 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8.

For the Falcons, Tong picked up the win going 5.1 innings in which she gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 4 and striking out 1.

With the loss, the Hillers are officially eliminated and the Falcons will move onto the Championship game against San Marcos in a rematch of the winner’s bracket semi-finals at UCSD Friday night at 7:30 PM.

The Grossmont Foothillers conclude the 2019 campaign with a 21-14-1 record.

 

SEMI-FINALS GAME ONE

#3 GROSSMONT 4, #12 UNIVERSITY CITY 3

POWAY – Back-to-back doubles by the Grossmont Foothillers who trailed University City in the bottom of the sixth inning give them the necessary runs to claim victory and move on to the winner take all game.

Early on though the Centurions would take advantage of a couple of errors by Grossmont to take a 2-0 lead.

The first run came when Jayla Briggs hit a ball to left field that was misplayed allowing Erin Gillum to come home, later the second run scored by Briggs occurred on a misplayed ball in right field.

Trailing in the bottom of the first inning the Foothillers thought they were in business as Aly Allmann led off with a double, Samaria Roope walked to put runners on first and second and no outs.

Unfortunately, neither would score despite a single by Kimmy Bond with two outs.

Another threat by Grossmont in the third inning ended with no runs despite Roope singling, Katalina Contreras walked, and Jessica Medlin walked.

Moving to the bottom of the fifth inning and looking for something as they couldn’t quite get the key hit up to this point the Hillers finally broke through.

Leading off the inning was Allmann who on a 1-2 count took the offering and cranked it over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 2-1, it was her fifth jack of the season. The next batter Roope followed with a solo home run of her own to tie the score at 2-2. The home run by Roope was her tenth of the season.

The Centurions would answer with another run to retake the lead 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning on another error by Grossmont.

Despite this, the Foothillers didn’t go down. With two outs, Roope singled to left field, Jamie Medlin into run for Roope, she would come around to score when Contreras roped a double which tied the game, Jessica Medlin followed with another double this time to center field which brought in Contreras and gave Grossmont a 4-3 lead.

University City in the top of the seventh inning would only receive a single by Gillum before Roope retired the final two batters to finish things off.

Roope picked up the win for Grossmont with 7 innings of work while giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 9.

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