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DIVISION II: PATMON WORKS MAGIC FOR PATRIOTS DRAMATIC WALK OFF VICTORY

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

SAN DIEGO CIF DIVISION II PLAYOFFS

#1 PATRICK HENRY 2, #4 EL CAPITAN 1

SANTEE – With the count 2-1 and two outs and the score tied at 1-1, Patrick Henry’s Dezianna Patmon (1-4, RBI) took the offering and laced it to left field scoring Lauren Nett (1-4, R) for the game-winning run on Saturday morning.

Patrick Henry (17-7) in the bottom of the first inning had an opportunity early on as Kaiah Altmeyer (RUN) led off with a ball that was misplayed allowing her to reach first base, Jessica Dewitt (2-2) followed by being hit by a pitch advancing Altmeyer to second base.

The Patriots were in business as they had runners on first and second and no outs. However, Alexis Williams who got the start for the El Capitan Vaqueros (21-8) went to work and retired the next three batters to end the inning.

Each pitcher Williams for the Vaqueros and H. Jenks for the Patriots matched each other inning for inning not allowing anything to occur.

That would change in the top of the fifth inning for the Vaqueros with one out and Katy Hicks drawing a walk, Olivia Martinez (1-2) followed with a base hit giving El Capitan runners at first and second base.

The batter for the Vaqueros Madison Rosalis (1-4, RBI) worked the count to 3-1 before Jenks threw a wild pitch advancing both Hicks and Martinez to second and third base. With the count still 3-1, Rosalis took the next pitch and grounded to Nett at third base who threw to Patmon at home trying to get Hicks who tried to run back and after Nett got the ball back she threw it back to Patmon who tried to tag Hicks who was making her way home. However, instead of making the tag Hicks was able to put the fancy juke on Patmon and score the first run of the game.

Trailing now 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning the Patriots threatened again with one out as Sydney Newton singled, Altmeyer was hit by a pitch, Jessica Dewitt sacrificed both over.

With runners on second and third and two outs, Williams was able to get Nett to lineout for the third out of the inning.

The Patriots decided to make a pitching change so they brought in Laila Spracklen (1-3) in the top of the sixth inning.

Leading off for the Vaqueros was Williams who drew a walk, Allyson VonYokes (2-2) singled advancing Brooklyn Fukushima who came into run for Williams to second base, Hannah Davis would ground into a fielder’s choice and Fukushima would be out at third base, Spracklen retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Patrick Henry in the bottom of the sixth inning would threaten with two outs as Spracklen singled advancing Olivia Gigante to second base, she advanced to third on a wild pitch, Malia Savage (1-3) followed with a walk advancing Spracklen to second and loading the bases.

With the bases full and two outs, the Patriots thought they had the Vaqueros napping as Gigante tried to steal home but she was tagged out for the final out of the inning.

El Capitan in the seventh inning would only get a single by Rosalis.

Moving to the bottom of the seventh inning and the Patriots down to their final outs.

Williams was able to get the first out of the inning, the next batter Altmeyer drew a walk, Dewitt singled to advance Altmeyer to second base, Nett followed with a base hit to left field which was misplayed allowing Altmeyer to race home and tie the game at 1-1.

Up stepped Gigante with one out, she was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

After a fielder’s choice in which Dewitt was out at the plate, the Vaqueros were in business to get out of the inning as there were now two outs.

Taking the loss for the Vaqueros was Williams who went 6.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1.

For the Patriots, Jenks started but wouldn’t factor into the decision. She went 5 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1.

Garnering the win for the Patriots was Spracklen who tossed 2 innings of relief in which she gave up 0 runs on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1.

The Vaqueros with the loss are officially eliminated from the Playoffs while the Patriots will take on Southwest El Centro on Tuesday at 3:30 PM at West Hills High Scho

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