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The Helix Highlanders (8-6 Overall, 3-1 GHL) behind the stellar pitching of Alonzo Richardson kept the visiting Granite Hills Eagles (6-8 Overall, 0-4 GHL) off the board all day for the big shutout victory on Friday afternoon in La Mesa.

Helix would strike the first blow of the game in the bottom of the second inning when Noah Lane (1-2, R, RBI) drove in Carlos Oquita (1-3, R) to give them a 1-0 lead.

Later in the inning, Ayden Estrada gave the Highlanders a 2-0 lead on a ground out that brought home Jack Sothras (2R) and Alonzo Richardson (1-3, 2 RBI) pushed it to 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to left field allowing Lane to tag up and score.

Granite Hills had an opportunity together something in the top of the fourth when Brian Smith led off reaching on an error and would advance to second on the same error, Max Bodtke (1-2, 2B) followed with a walk to put runners at first and second which was followed by Grant Mac Arthur (3-3) singling to load the bases.

With the bases packed and no outs, Richardson was able to get out of the jam with a line out and getting Dillon Goins to bounce into an inning-ending double-play.

Another opportunity afforded for the Eagles in the top of the sixth with two outs as Bodtke lined a double to left field and Mac Arthur followed with a base hit to put runners at first and third. Once again though Richardson got out of it this time on a fielder’s choice.

Still leading 3-0 the Highlanders would go onto adding a couple more runs in the bottom of the sixth when Carlos Michel (2-3, RBI) drove in Sothras with a base hit to center and a couple of batters later Richardson knocked in Estrada to make it 5-0.

Richardson in the top of the seventh despite giving up a couple of base hits to Austin Smith and Ryan Fenn would get the victory when TK Parker was called for batters interference.

Clay Fordham took the loss for the Eagles as he went 4.1 innings in which he gave up 3 runs of 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 1.

On the other side for Helix, Richardson scattered 5 hits without a run while walking 3 and striking out 5 in the complete game 7 innings.

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With the score tied at 5-5 late in the game, the Grossmont Foothillers (10-5 Overall, 3-1 GHL) pushed across runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pick up the come from behind victory on the road in Santee on Friday afternoon.

The Santana Sultans (7-7 Overall, 2-2 GHL) looking to bounce back from the previous days’ loss got off to a good start in the bottom of the first when Ben Hart Knocked in Davin Burroughs to give them an early 1-0 lead.

Santana in the bottom of the second inning extended their lead to 2-0 when Burroughs lined to center field to bring home Elijah Reber.

Leading 2-0 still in the bottom of the third inning the Sultans were able to do some more damage as Brandon Glowacki started the inning being hit by a pitch, he would advance to second on a Ben Hart sacrifice and score when Sean Iverson roped a double to center field, a couple of batters later with only one out Tyler Fitzgerald lined another double to center field bringing home both Iverson and Aidan Donovan to give them a 5-0 lead.

Grossmont who had been stifled all afternoon up to this point finally were able to get something going as Blake Taylor walked Max Ford, and Jamie Odom to put runners at first and second, Giovanni Giganti followed with a base hit to load the bases.

With the bases full and no outs, Taylor proceeded to walk Kaleb Tedokon which scored Ford to make it 5-1. After the walk the Sultans made a pitching change bringing in Riley Hamilton who got Anthony Mata to ground into a fielders choice which allowed Odom to score to make it 5-2, Giganti scored on an error by Burroughs at short to make it 5-3 and a couple of batters later Isaiah Gomez lined one to left field to score both Mata and Keoni Valdez to tie the game at 5-5.

The Sultans in the bottom of the fourth inning would threaten as Brandon Glowacki doubled but went no further.

The score all knotted at 5-5 in the top of the fifth inning and the momentum now on the side of the Foothillers. Grossmont looked to add to that and did so with a leadoff single by Jamie Odom to left field which he would move to third base on an error and come into score when Giganti singled.

Trailing for the first time in the game the Sultans once again threatened in the fifth inning when Iverson reached on an error, Fitzgerald singled advancing Iverson to third base and Cole Contreras walked to load the bases. Unfortunately, the Sultans were unable to capitalize as the next two batters would be retired to end the threat.

Grossmont would go on to push across another run in the top of the sixth as Danny Yanez drove in Brodie Romero to make it 7-5.

The Sultans had one more opportunity in the bottom of the seventh but could only muster a walk by Jarred Forster.

Ryan Jaggard took the loss for the Sultans in relief as he tossed 3.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 2.

For Grossmont, Jaden Wilcox wet all 7 innings in which he gave up 5 runs on 9 hits and struck out 3 on the day.


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