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HORN & VONYOKES PROPEL VAQUEROS OVER HIGHLANDERS IN CLASH OVER FIRST PLACE

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

GROSSMONT VALLEY LEAGUE

EL CAPITAN 3, HELIX 2

In the anticipated game of the first round behind a freshman with nerves of steel, the El Capitan Vaqueros were able to put themselves in the driver’s seat for the time being on Wednesday afternoon out in Lakeside.

In front of a big crowd, both the Vaqueros and Helix Highlanders looked to put on a good show and they didn’t disappoint.

Right away the Highlanders started off as Avery Perez (2-4, R) led off with a single, but she would be stranded as Brooke Horn retired the next three batters.

Helix sent out their freshman Sophia Ramuno (RUN) and she was able to get out of a jam after giving up a lead single to Madison Rosales (1-2) who would eventually advance to third base. With Rosales at third base and only one out, Ramuno retired the next two batters to end the inning.

With both teams matching each other after an inning of play the Highlanders once again threatened to break through. This time Amber Young (1-1) and Kasey Castro (1-3) started off with back-to-back base hits. With runners on first and second and no outs, Horn was able to get out of the jam as she struck out the next three batters to end the inning.

The game still scoreless and the momentum at a standstill the Vaqueros changed that as Allyson VonYokes (2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B, 3B) took an 0-1 pitch and roped it to right field where she would race all the way to third base for a triple, she would come into score when Olivia Martinez (RBI) hit a fly ball to center field which gave El Capitan a 1-0 lead.

The Highlanders would answer with the tying run in the top of the third inning when Perez (single) came into score on an El Capitan error, Erin Brown (1-3) who walked would advance to third base. Only one out and a runner on third Nicole Hernandez (1-3) and Young would draw walks to load the bases.

Staring down a possible breakout by the Highlanders, Horn was able to get Castro to ground to short where Rosales threw home to get the out but the Vaqueros were not out of the woods yet. Helix still had runners on and Isabella Bordine at the plate. Horn got her to swing on an 0-2 count and ground out to Rosales at short again who promptly flipped it to Hannah Davis for the third out of the inning.

Having dodged another huge bullet the Vaqueros knew that they would have to do something and got off to a good start as Horn helped her own cause with a single to lead off the bottom of the third inning.

Hailey Mulligan (RUN) who came into run for Horn would advance to second base on a sacrifice, with one out Katie Collier (RUN) drew a walk.

El Capitan was in business as they had a runner in scoring position and Helix thought they had a break when Bailey Olaveson hit a ground ball but it was misplayed allowing all runners to reach. A couple of batters later with two outs VonYokes once again came up huge as she roped a 1-1 count to right field for a double which brought home both Mulligan and Collier to give the Vaqueros a 3-1 lead and the momentum.

Things got really interesting in the top of the fourth inning when Brown for the Highlanders led off with a ground ball single to right field, Ramuno grounded into a fielder’s choice in which Brown was thrown out at second. With one out, Hernandez followed with a single advancing Ramuno to third, Young walked to load the bases.

Helix was in business and looked to do some damage but Castro would pop up for the second out, still with runners on and two outs Ramuno would advance home on a wild pitch which made it 3-2. Not out of the woods yet and now only a one-run lead and Bordine at bat Horn was once again able to limit the damage as she was able to get Bordine to fly out to Rosales at shortstop for the third and final out.

El Capitan would get a roped two-out double by Olaveson in the bottom of the fifth inning but that was the farthest she would get.

Moving along to the top of the seventh inning, Horn who had dodged a couple of bullets earlier in the contest went to business. She got the first out courtesy of a ground ball to Rosales by Brown, Ramuno would fly out to right field where Collier would catch it and once again another fly ball to right field by Hernandez where Collier would get under it and squeeze it for the final out of the contest.

In the battle of the freshman, Ramuno took the loss for Helix despite striking out 8 in her 6 innings of work as she gave up 3 runs on 5 hits.

Horn for the Vaqueros struck out 5 in her 7 innings of work and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits to pick up the victory.

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