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EAGLES HEART BROKEN ON SECOND DAY OF CAREW CLASSIC

2019 EAST COUNTY SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

MICHELLE CAREW CLASSIC

SANTIAGO 5, GRANITE HILLS 2

ANAHEIM – With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning the Santiago Sharks behind a three-run walk-off home run would claim the victory on Friday afternoon.

Granite Hills would early on in the top of the second inning take a 1-0 lead when Rylee Omahen grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Amaya Esparza.

With Staci Chambers in the circle, the Sharks were limited offensively as she was retiring them one by one without any damage.

Santiago finally broke through against Chambers in the bottom of the sixth inning as Marissa Borkowski led off with a walk, she would come around to score on a double by Hannah Delgado which tied the game at 1-1, a couple of batters the Sharks took a 2-1 lead when Kaylah Nelson knocked in Delgado on a sacrifice fly.

Granite Hills was able to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning when Chambers blasted a solo home run over the right-field fence. The blast was her sixth on the season.

Chambers in the contest went all 7.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8.

 

SAUGUS 5, GRANITE HILLS 4 (9 INNINGS)

ANAHEIM – A late run-scoring triple by Dallas Andrews of the Centurions scored what would be the game-winning run on Friday evening.

Granite Hills would again as they had in the first game of the day take an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Once again Staci Chambers homered but this time over the center field fence for her seventh on the season.

Despite various threats by the Centurions, Catie Dobbs who was in the circle for the Eagles was able to put down them each and every time.

Bailey Wallace for the Eagles singled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning but wasn’t able to advance any further.

Granite Hills threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning as Brooke Bertussi singled with one out and Chambers walked with two outs. Once again though the Eagles couldn’t get the timely hit to advance or score.

The tide changed in the contest for Saugus when they led off the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.

With the scored tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Eagles had a shot to win the game as Amaya Esparza led off with a double, Taylor Rose came into run. Unfortunately, she would be caught trying to steal third base.

With the runner in scoring position having been wiped out the Eagles would get another shot at Dobbs ripped a ball to center field for a double, Paige Baird came into run, she advanced to third on a ground ball out. With two outs Baird would be caught trying to steal home as she was tagged out on the base paths.

Things looked bleak for the Eagles as the Centurions would push across a couple of runs in the top of the eighth to break the 1-1 tie and take a 3-1 lead.

With the game in International tiebreaker rules, Julia Tysling was placed on second base for the Eagles, with one out she would advance to third on a ground out by Omahen.

Granite Hills was down to their last out and Haley Johnson coming up, she would come through with a base hit to score Tysling and advance Bertussi to second. Still trailing with the score 3-2 up came Chambers who was able to tie the game with a base hit to center field.

With the game now tied at 3-3 the Centurions took advantage in the top of the ninth inning when Clarissa Ellwein was placed at third base, she would score on the Andrews triple and come into score when Libbie Mcmahan hit a sacrifice fly.

Now trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning the Eagles were down to their final three outs.

They would start out with Bailey Wallace at third base, she would score on a ground out by Esparza which pulled the Eagles within 5-4. Unfortunately, that would be all the Eagles would garner in the inning as the next two batters would be retired.

For the Centurions in the victory, Malia Risdall went all 9 innings in which she gave up 8 hits and struck out 10 on the evening.

On the other side for the Eagles, Dobbs went the full 9 innings giving up 9 hits and striking out 9.

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