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ROUNDUP: CHAMBERS DOMINANT IN VICTORY, HIGHLANDERS BATS EXPLODE

2019 EASTCOUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

NON-LEAGUE

GRANITE HILLS 6, EL CAPITAN 0

The Eagles who come into the season ranked as the top team in the San Diego showed why they are as they scored a couple runs early and used pitching to secure the victory over the upstart El Capitan Vaqueros on Friday afternoon.

After retiring the Vaqueros in order in the top of the first the Eagles were able to take advantage of a Vaqueros miscue to take a 1-0 lead. With two outs after a double play, Baily Wallace (1-2, 2R) followed with a single and Staci Chambers (2-3, R, 3 RBI, HR) followed with a hard hit ball to right field that went for a single but the ball was misplayed which allowed Wallace to come into score.

Granite Hills would add to their lead in the bottom of the second starting with a one-out double by Sydney Huse who came around to score on another Vaquero miscue to make it 2-0. Leading by two runs the Eagles struck the big blow in the bottom of the fourth inning when Brooke Bertussi (1-3, RBI) knocked in Morgan Kelly (2-3, R), Wallace followed with a walk and with runners at first and second Chambers jacked a three-run bomb over the center field fence to extend the lead to 6-0.

The six-run cushion was all Chambers would need for the Eagles as she was dialed in pretty much the entire afternoon. El Capitan on the day only managed a couple of walks against Chambers as she shut them down for the complete game victory.

For the Vaqueros in the loss, Kylie Mead went 4 2/3 innings giving up 6 runs on 8 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2, Alexa Williams came in and tossed 1 1/3 innings of relief in which she gave up 1 hit and struck out 1.

Chambers for Granite Hills went all 7 innings in which she gave up 0 hits while walking 3 and fanning 14 on the day.

 

HELIX 7, CHRISTIAN 0

The Highlanders behind a 13 hit attack and also brilliant pitching were able to put away the Patriots at home on Friday afternoon.

Both teams went back and forth until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Highlanders notched three runs to take a 3-0 lead. With one out Nicole Hernandez singled, Kasey Castro (2-4, 2R) followed with another single and Zoe Kuhlken (2-3, 2 RBI, 2B) had the big blow as she roped a two-run double, Camryn Jonilonis (2-3, 2 RBI, 2B) followed with another double which scored Kuhlken from second.

Leading 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning the Highlanders threatened again with one out as Melissa Gutierrez (2-2, 2R, RBI, 2B) doubled, Castro singled advancing Gutierrez to third, Gutierrez would come in on a Patriots error which was followed by a Jonilonis single which scored Castro to extend the lead to 5-0.

Helix would tack on a couple more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Sophia Romuno to score Avery Perez and Gutierrez followed with a single which scored Erin Brown (2-3, R).

Christian on the day was limited to only four hits as Audrey Shebloski went 1-3, Kate Manes 1-3, Rachel Stephens 1-3, and Dawnelle Mcleod 1-3.

In the loss for Christian, Mallory Steele went 4 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3.

For Helix, Kuhlken tossed 6 innings giving up 0 runs on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7 on the day.

Another detail about the contest is that this was the very first varsity victory new Helix Highlander head coach Darren Emery who took over for veteran coach Emily Kowalski.

 

 

 

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