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HIGHLANDERS SURVIVE THE STORM WHILE THE BARONS DOUBLE UP ON THE PATRIOTS

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

NON-LEAGUE

HELIX 2, HIGH TECH HIGH SD 1

The Highlanders (3-2) traveled inland to Robb Field to take on the Storm (4-2) and pushed across two runs early and made them stand as the Storm scored late.

Helix got on the board in the top of the first with a two-out rally as Erin Brown (1-2, 2R) singled, Nicole Hernandez walked and Sophia Romuno (1-3, RBI) laced a single bringing home Brown to make it 1-0.

They would push across another run in the top of the third inning taking advantage of consecutive errors made by the Storm. Another two-out rally started by Brown who reached on an error by the third baseman, on a heads up play she advanced to second on the same error, she came into score when Hernandez hit a ball to short that was misplayed to make it 2-0.

After the second run by the Highlanders, both teams kept each other in check until the bottom of the sixth inning when Chelsea Runyon singled which brought home Alliyah Sample who had doubled. With Sample scoring the Highlanders lead was cut to 2-1.

Helix would eventually get out the jam and the inning without any further damage done.

Despite giving up a single in the bottom of the seventh inning Romuno would retire the final two batters to end the game.

Gillian Weinstein took the loss for the Storm as she tossed 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 4 and striking out 5.

For the Highlanders picking up the complete-game victory was Romuno who tossed 7 innings giving up the one run on 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6.

 

BONITA VISTA 12, CHRISTIAN 6

In quite the offensive output by both squads, the visiting Bonita Vista Barons (5-1) rallied from an early deficit and never looked back as they doubled up the Christian Patriots (2-4) on Thursday (Mar. 14th).

Christian would actually strike first in the bottom of the first inning as Harmony Blizzard (2-3, 2R) led off with a single to center field, she would advance to third on a one-out base hit by Audrey Shebloski (3-4, 2R, RBI) who advanced to second on the throw.

The Patriots were in business with runners at second and third with only one out. They would push across the first run on a sacrifice fly by Kate Means (RBI) to make it 1-0, Devyn Krystek (3-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B) followed with an RBI double which scored Shebloski and Rachel Stephens (1-4) was able to reach on an error which allowed Krystek to come in and score to make it 3-0.

Unfortunately the momentum and lead wouldn’t last for the Patriots as the highly ranked Barons used multiple hits an error and a walk to push across 5 runs and erase the Patriots 3-0 lead and lead 5-3.

Christian didn’t fret that they had lost the lead as they were able to retake the lead in the bottom of the second inning.

Isa Stephens with one out was able to draw a walk, she advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and would score on a Shebloski base hit. Christian would load the bases and Krystek again came up with a big hit as she singled to left to score both Blizzard and Shebloski to give them a 6-5 lead.

Bonita Vista tied the game at 6-6 with a leadoff solo blast by Kodi Gora in the top of the third inning. After a double by Madelyn Loperena, Ashley Decker hit a ball that was misplayed allowing Loperena to score to give the Barons a 7-6 lead, another error by the Patriots allowed Bonita to increase its lead to 8-6.

In the top of the fourth inning, Decker took the first offering and hammered it over the left field fence for a two-run blast which scored Vinitzia Blanco to give the Barons a 10-6 lead.

Bonita Vista would score runs in the sixth and seventh innings to round out their scoring. Christian in the bottom of the seventh would get a couple of base hits including a one-out single by Shebloski and a two-out single by Krystek but that would be all the offense they would get.

Mallory Steele for the Patriots tossed 7 innings in the loss as she gave up 12 runs on 12 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1.

Picking up the victory for the Barons was Guevera who tossed 3 innings in which she gave up 0 runs on 1 hit while walking 0 and striking out 3 on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

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