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PATRIOTS RALLY ON A PATMON BASE HIT WHILE WEST K’S 15 IN VICTORY FOR BUCCANEERS

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

CITY-WESTERN LEAGUE

PATRICK HENRY 4, SCRIPPS RANCH 3

Despite committing multiple errors on the day the Patrick Henry Patriots (14-4 Overall, 3-1 CW) were able to rally in the top of the sixth inning behind a two-run single by Dezianna Patmon.

After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Scripps Ranch Falcons (12-9 Overall, 2-2 CW) took advantage of an error and a hit by a pitch which would lead to a two-run single by Taylor Gray (1-3, 2 RBI) to give them a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.

The Patriots would have a couple of opportunities to push across runs in both the top of the third and fourth innings but they couldn’t get that timely hit as the score remained 2-0.

Things finally changed for the Patriots in the top of the fourth inning as Jessica Dewitt (RUN) led off by reaching on an error, a couple of batters later she advanced to second when Edie Guthrie (1-4) singled, later on in the inning Laila Spracklen (RBI) walked with the bases full to bring home Dewitt and cut the deficit to 2-1.

Things would get a little interesting for the Patriots as the Falcons would hit back-to-back one-out singles off of Olivia Gigante in the bottom of the fifth inning. However, she would get out of the inning on a ground ball out and a strikeout to end the threat.

Patrick Henry still trailed and they were running out of opportunities but in the top of the sixth inning H Jenks (RUN) led off with a walk, Kaiah Altmeyer (2-5, R) reached on an error which advanced Jenks to put runners at first and second, a couple of batters later with one out Lauren Nett (2-4, R, RBI) tied the game with a base hit to right field scoring Jenks.

After Patmon’s two-run base hit to give the Patriots their first lead of the game the Falcons after being shut down in the sixth had an opportunity in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Leading off for the Falcons was Alyssa Vilke who took a 1-2 count and roped it center field in which she raced all the way around to third base for a lead-off triple, the next batter Julia Folkl hit a ball to short that was misplayed allowing Vilke to race home and make it 4-3. After a base hit put the game-tying runner in scoring position, that runner would advance to third base on a wild pitch.

With both, the game-tying and winning runs in scoring position the Falcons were in excellent shape. However, Gigante had other ideas as she was able to get Mayca Brown to ground out back to her in which she tossed to Jenks at first base for the final out of the game.

Sophia Ippolito for the Falcons took the loss as she went 2 innings in relief in which she gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 on the day.

Garnering the victory for the Patriots was Gigante who tossed 7 innings, on the day she gave up 3 runs on 9 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3.

The win by the Patriots snaps their two-game losing streak and puts them in a tie for first place with Cathedral Catholic. Meanwhile, the Falcons fall into a tie for second with Clairemont at 2-2.

 

CITY-EASTERN

MISSION BAY 5, CHRISTIAN 1

Out in El Cajon on Tuesday afternoon the Mission Bay Buccaneers scored four runs early and never looked back.

Mission Bay (11-5 Overall, 3-1 CE) would take an early 1-0 lead when Cat Griffiths lined a base hit to center field bringing home a run, they would push across a second run on a fielder’s choice and two more on a miscue by Christian.

Leading 4-0, the Buccaneers were in good shape as Cassidy West was moving the game right along as she limited the Patriots.

Christian (4-14 Overall, 0-3 CE) would finally breakthrough in the bottom of the fifth inning when Harmony Blizard led off with a single and Kate Manes followed with another single, later in the inning, Blizard would score on a wild pitch to make it 4-1.

The Buccaneers added their final run of the game in the top of the sixth inning when West drew a walk to bring home a run which made it 5-1.

West for Mission Bay the rest of the game would retire the Patriots in order each of the final couple of innings to finish things off.

Manes took the loss for the Patriots as she gave up 5 runs in her 7 innings of work while giving up 9 hits, she also walked 7 and struck out 5.

For the Buccaneers, West limited the Patriots to only 3 hits on the day in her 7 innings of work to garner the victory, she also walked 0 and fanned 15 on the day.

Audrey Shebloski had the only other hit on the day for the Patriots.

With the win, the Buccaneers have now won three games in a row while the Patriots have lost two games in a row.

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