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HILLTOP TOURNEY ROUNDUP: WOLF PACK MAUL RAIDERS, NORSEMEN BEAT THE GRIZ AND BULLDOGS WIN IN ITB

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

HILLTOP TOURNAMENT

WEST HILLS 13, SOUTHWEST SD 5

The Wolf Pack (3-2) thanks to pushing across seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning were able to pick up the convincing victory on Thursday (Mar. 14).

Early on the Pack got rolling with four runs in the bottom of the first inning as Shannon Kim (2-5, 2R, 2 RBI) led off with a single, she advanced to second on a passed ball, Dakotta Mershon (2R) walked and stole second base, with runners on second and third Sabrina Brown (2-4, 2R, 3 RBI) laced a single to right field which brought home Kim to make it 1-0 but the ball was misplayed which also allowed Mershon to score to make it 2-0.

West Hills would add to their lead Star Gaylord (1-3, 3R, RBI, 2B) would walk and steal second base and Brown would score on a steal of home to make it 3-0, Gaylord would eventually come into score when Callia Rooks (RBI)  drew a walk with the bases full.

Already leading 4-0 West Hills was able to add on when Lily Youngdale (2-4, R, RBI, 2B) roped a shot to right field to bring home Gaylord to make it 5-0 in the bottom of the second inning.

Emma Bentley who got the start in the circle for the Pack was moving things along as she finished off the Raiders one by one. However, the Raiders finally got on the board thanks to Jesskari Rodriguez who smashed a 2 out double which scored two runs to bring the Raiders within 5-2.

West Hills added another run in the bottom of the fifth as Mia Colabella (2-3, 2R) who had reached on an error would score on a Raiders miscue to make it 6-2.

Southwest San Diego (5-2) in the top of the fifth inning really put the pressure on the Wolf Pack with one out as they banged out three consecutive base hits to load the bases. The Raiders pushed across a run as Rodriguez walked followed by another walk to make it 6-4. They would add another run with two outs as Gisselle Hernandez came into score to pull within 6-5.

Now only leading by one run the Pack didn’t fret and went back to business in the bottom of the sixth with one out. After Rooks grounded out, Kim reached on an error after laying down a bunt and the ball was thrown away would advance to second base, Mershon followed with a walk, Kim would advance to third on a wild pitch and Mershon advanced to second. Now with runners on second and third and one out Brown laced a single to right center to score both Kim and Mershon to make it 8-5.

Having pushed their lead to three runs the Pack added more as Gaylord roped a ball center that went for a double which brought home Brown to make it 9-5, Gaylord would advance all the way to third base on the throw. West Hills added another as Youngdale lined a ball to right field that was misplayed allowing Gaylord to score.

Youngdale on the misplayed ball advanced to second and seeing how badly it was misplayed kept running and eventually came all the way home to make it 11-5.

West Hills would eventually end things as Kim lined a single that scored both Colabella and Jules Fossing. After both, the runners scored the umpire called the contest due to run rule.

“We really rely on each other and it was really good to start the tournament off with a victory especially at home.” Said Freshman Lily Youngdale who played a big part in the victory.

For the Raiders, Paola Olmos took the loss as she gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and walked 2.

Bentley started for the Pack and picked up the win as she tossed 5 1/3 inning in which she gave up 5 runs on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6. Coming into relieve Bentley, Kimie Brouard who garnered the save pitching 2/3 of an inning and striking out 1.

 

VALHALLA 15, MISSION HILLS 6

A big day at the plate by the Norsemen’ Jade Hill as she drove in four runs to lead the 15 hit attack by the Valhalla Norsemen (4-4) in the victory over the Mission Hills Grizzlies (1-4-1).

Traveling up to the North County the Norsemen didn’t seem to phase them as they put up a five-spot in the top of the second to lead 5-0 early on.

With one out, Yanely Gonzalez (3R) reached on an error, she would eventually come into score as Marissa Lupo (1-1, R, 2 RBI) walked with the bases loaded, Jade Hill (3-4, 2R, 4 RBI, 3B, SB) followed with a ball hit to center that scored Bailey Munch, Devyn Ruffer (1-2, 2R, 2 RBI) and Lupo to give them a 4-0 lead. Valhalla added their fifth run on a Samantha Green (3-5, R, RBI) base hit which brought Hill home.

The five-run cushion for the Norsemen didn’t last long as the Grizzlies in the bottom of the second rallied with two outs with multiple hits including a solo home run by Kaelah Garduno.

Valhalla retook the momentum in the top of the third inning as Ruffer drove in Jordan, both Gonzalez and Munch would score on a Mission Hills error in center field to make it 8-5, Ruffer would score on another base hit by Hill to make it 9-5.

Multiple errors by Mission hills in the top of the fourth allowed Valhalla to extend their lead to 11-5.

After a single by Samantha Green in the top of the seventh inning, Kelly Olson followed with a double to bring home Green, however that wasn’t all that would score for the Norsemen as the ball was misplayed by Mission Hills to allow both Andrea Garcia and Hill to score to make it 14-6.

Olson would finish off the scoring by stealing home to make it 15-6.

Picking up the victory for Valhalla was Delaney Stettler who tossed 6 innings in which she gave up 6 runs on 9 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.

 

CALEXICO 4, STEELE CANYON 3 (9 INNINGS)

With the game in International tiebreaker rules, the Calexico Bulldogs (2-4) were able to push across the eventual game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Liah Valdez.

Prior to losing in heartbreaking fashion, the Steele Canyon Cougars (3-4) looked like they were on their way to a victory as they would score three runs in the bottom of the second inning and make those stand.

With two outs in the bottom of the second Tayler Thomas (RUN) walked and would come into score on a roped ball hit to right field by Lexi Hutchinson (1-3, R, RBI, 3B) for a triple to make it 1-0, DJ Dumeng (1-3, R, RBI, 2B, SB) followed with a double to make it 2-0, she would steal third and score on a wild pitch to push the lead 3-0.

Moving along as both teams kept each other in check it wasn’t until the top of the sixth inning when the Bulldogs broke through.

Lynette Niebla led off with a double and scored on a follow-up double by Andrea Pineda to cut the Cougars lead to 3-1, Pineda eventually scored on a sacrifice fly and the Bulldogs tied the game at 3-3 thanks to a base hit by Valdez.

Despite a one-out double by Kim Jaggard (1-2) and a two-out walk by Danielle Directo in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cougars would come away with nothing as the next batter was retired.

Steele Canyon in the bottom of the seventh inning would get a base hit by Audrey Bagge (1-3) but the Bulldogs would get out of the inning.

Neither team did anything in the eighth inning thus moving the contest to the ninth and international tiebreaker rules where the Bulldogs would strike.

Steele Canyon had one more opportunity to do something and would advance Directo to third base with one out but Marley Rimoldi grounded out for the second out, Bagge followed with a walk but once again Calexico got the final out to end the contest.

For the Cougars, Richter went all 9 innings in the loss only giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.

For the Bulldogs, it was Melanie Navarrete picking up the victory as she went 4 innings giving up 3 runs on 2 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2.

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