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PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: PATRIOTS SHOW THEY ARE LEGITIMATE CONTENDERS, VAQUEROS WALK OFF AGAINST EAGLES

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

NON-LEAGUE

PATRICK HENRY 7, #3 GRANITE HILLS 4

In what might raise some eyes when looking at the days the results the Patrick Henry Patriots (5-1) took advantage of opportunities to defeat the highly ranked Granite Hills Eagles (4-3) on Wednesday afternoon.

The contest originally scheduled to be played at Patrick Henry but due to construction was moved over to Granite Hills. Patrick Henry was designated the home team on the scoreboard which gave the Eagles the first crack and early on they took momentum.

Granite Hills would take a 1-0 lead on a Morgan Kelly (1-4, R, RBI) one-out base hit that brought home Baily Wallace (2-3, 2R, 2 2B) who led off the inning with a double, then Staci Chambers (2-2, R, 2 RBI, HR) took the full count offering and lined It over the left field fence for the 2-run blast to extend the lead to 3-0.

Trailing in the bottom of the first the Patriots knew they had no easy task. Looking like they wouldn’t get anything in the inning after a leadoff single by Kaiah Altmeyer (3-3, 4R, 2 SB) the Patriots’ Lauren Nett (1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR) took the offering and blasted it over the center field fence for the 2-run home run and pull Patrick Henry within 3-2. The Patriots looked to add more in the inning as H. Jenks and Dezianna Patmon walked but the Eagles would get out of the inning without any further damage.

Once again the Patriots in the bottom of the second inning used a two-out rally as Altmeyer, Jessica Dewitt (RUN) and Olivia Gigante (RUN, SB) each drew consecutive walks to load the bases. This prompted Eagles coach Curtis Barnes to make a pitching change in which he brought in Chambers to relieve starter Catie Dobbs.

With the bases loaded and two outs, the next batter Nett hit what looked like a routine groundball to short but it was misplayed which allowed both Altmeyer and Dewitt to score which gave Patrick Henry its first lead of the contest at 4-3 and the momentum.

Still trailing by a run in the top of the fourth inning the Eagles thought they had something going as Amaya Esparza (1-3, 2B) doubled with two outs. However, the Patriots would get out of the inning as they retired the next batter.

Patrick Henry added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as Altmeyer led off with a double and Dewitt laid down a bunt that was misplayed allowing Alymeyer to come home to make it 5-3.

The Patriots with a two-run lead knew nothing was safe as the Eagles were very capable of making a comeback. However, Patrick Henry in the bottom of the sixth inning would push across a couple more runs to lead 7-3.

Leadoff hitter Altmeyer singled, a couple of batters later Gigante is hit by a pitch, Nett grounded out which advanced Altmeyer and Gigante, Altmeyer came into score and Jenks ripped a double which brought home Gigante.

Granite Hills would strike one more time in the top of the seventh inning with one out as Wallace roped a double and came around to score on a Rylee Omahen (1-3, RBI, 2B) double to cut the deficit to 7-4. The Patriots would end the game on a couple of ground ball outs.

Taking the loss for the Eagles was Dobbs who only went 1 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 2 hits while walking 5 and striking out 2. Chambers for the Eagles in relief went 4 1/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3.

Picking up the victory for the Patriots was Gigante who went all 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3.

Patrick Henry with their big victory will definitely deserve a push into the rankings and shake things up as they have now defeated two of the top teams in the county on the season in both the Eagles and the Eastlake Titans along with playing Carlsbad really tough.

 

EL CAPITAN 3, SOUTHWEST EL CENTRO 2 (8 INNINGS)

In a rematch of last years CIF Division III Championship in which the visiting Eagles won 8-0 this time around went to the Vaqueros in dramatic walk-off fashion in extra innings.

El Capitan in the bottom of the first inning threatened with one out as Alexa Williams (3-4, 2R, RBI, 2 2B, HR) roped a double but Eagles ace Sadriena Rodriguez (1-1, R) would get out of the inning as she retired the next two batters.

Southwest El Centro in the top of the third inning with one out drew consecutive walks by Jaelyn Niebla (RUN) and Rodriguez which was followed by an RBI single by Adriana Molina (1-4, RBI) to make it 1-0. The Eagles added a second run on a sacrifice fly by Leslie Solano which made it 2-0.

Trailing in the bottom of the fourth inning the Vaqueros grabbed some momentum as Williams took the Rodriguez offering and hammered it over the right field fence for the leadoff solo home run to cut the Eagles lead to 2-1. They would eventually tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on an Allyson Von Yokes (RBI) sacrifice fly that brought Williams home to tie the score at 2-2.

Kylie Mead for the Vaqueros was matching the returning All-CIF Rodriguez inning for inning and got out of the seventh inning only giving up the one walk.

The Eagles would retire the Vaqueros in order in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra frames.

After shutting down the Eagles in the top of the eighth inning the Vaqueros with one out took advantage as Williams again came up big with a double. Coming into run for Williams was Katie Collier (RUN).

With one out and Collier at second base, the next batter for the Vaqueros was Bailey Olaveson worked the count in her favor to 3-1. On the very next pitch by Rodriguez, Olaveson got a hold of it and lined it to center field which brought home Collier for the game-winning run.

Rodriguez in the loss for the Eagles went 7 1/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and fanning 8 on the day.

On the other side for the Vaqueros, Mead tossed 8 innings while only giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 7 and striking out 7.

With the victory, the Vaqueros evened their record at 2-2 while handing the Eagles their first defeat on the season at 6-1.

 

GROSSMONT 7, MISSION HILLS 1

The Grossmont Foothillers (3-3) spread all their scoring to the first four innings of the ball game and never looked back as they defeated the Mission Hills Grizzlies (1-3-1) on Wednesday afternoon.

The Foothillers took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Katalina Contreras (3-3, 3R, RBI, 2B) came into score on a misplayed ball in right field after Aly Allmann (1-4) singled.

Grossmont again scored on another Grizzly error, this time after Jordan Brown (1-2, R, RBI) led off with a single, she would later score on a ball that was hit by Halle Sweiss (1-2, 2 RBI) to short that was misplayed which made it 2-0. In the bottom of the third inning, they would push across three more runs to extend the lead 5-0.

Natalie Emery (RUN) led off by reaching on an error, Contreras singled, a couple of batters later Samaria Roope (1-3, RBI) walked to load the bases, Alyssa Box-Agustin (RUN) came into run for Roope. With the bases loaded and only one out Brown came to the plate for Grossmont, she would draw a bases-loaded walk to bring in Emery and with 2 outs Sweiss singled bringing home Contreras.

Mission Hills would finally get on the board against Roope who had stifled them all day. In the top of the fourth inning with two outs, Audrey Gallegos double which scored Kaelah Garduno to make it 5-1.

Grossmont added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Contreras base hit to bring home Kimmy Bond (1-3, R). They would add their final run in the bottom of the sixth on a Roope base hit which scored Contreras.

In the top of the seventh after surrendering a one-out walk Roope finished the Grizzlies off with two consecutive groundball outs to end the game.

Jenna Arce for the Grizzlies went 6 innings in the loss as she gave up 7 runs on 9 hits while walking 5 and striking out 3.

For Grossmont, Roope tossed 7 innings for the complete game victory only giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.

 

STEELE CANYON 8, OLP 1

The Steele Canyon Cougars (3-3) offensively pounded out 12 hits on the day while Grace Richter in the circle stifled the Pilots (1-4) all day as she fanned 10 on the day in the victory.

The Cougars got rolling early in the bottom of the first inning as Marley Rimoldi (1-2) and Audrey Bagge (RUN) drew consecutive walks followed by Bianca Morales (1-2, R) who singled to left field to load the bases, after Amanda Whipple (1-2, RBI) grounded into a fielder’s choice, Danielle Directo (1-1, 2R) came into run, Maggie Carpenter roped a ball to center field that was misplayed which brought home Bagge to make it 1-0, a couple of batters later with 2 outs Lexi Hutchinson lined a ball to right field that fell in to bring home both Morales and Directo to make it 3-0.

Steele added another run in the bottom of the second to make it 4-0 on a Whipple base hit which scored Kim Jaggard (1-2).

The Pilots finally got on the board in the top of the sixth with a two-out run to make it 4-1.

However the Cougars answered in the bottom of the sixth inning as JJ Venzor (1-1, R, RBI) drove in Jaggard to make it 5-1, with 2 outs Richter drove in Masen Pearlstein (1-2, R) to make it 6-1, Venzor who was at third base was able to score on a steal of home and Carlie Williams (1-4, RBI) singled to score Directo to round out the scoring.

Despite consecutive base hits by the Pilots, Richter settled down and got the final three outs to finish the victory.

Richter on the day for the Cougars besides the double-digit strikeouts tossed all 7 innings for the complete game victory in which she gave up 1 run on 4 hits while walking 0.

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