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ROUNDUP: COUGARS ARE LEADERS OF THE EASTERN TEAMS AT HILLTOP TOURNEY

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

HILLTOP TOURNAMENT

GAME ONE

STEELE CANYON 6, OLYMPIAN 4

With the game tied in the top of the sixth the Cougars, thanks to an RBI ground out by Lexi Hutchinson (1-3, RBI) would take the lead for good and come away with the victory.

Steele Canyon in the top second inning started off with a lead single by Bianca Morales who advanced to second on a wild pitch and would score on a bunt by Amanda Whipple that was misplayed by Olympian to make it 1-0.

Later on the in the top of the third inning JJ Venzor (3-4, 2R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR) would give the Cougars a 3-0 lead as she hammered a 2-2 count for a two-run blast. The blast also scored DJ Dumeng (1-3, R, RBI) who reached on a fielders’ choice.

Steele Canyon looked to add to their lead in the top of the fourth with one out as Whipple singled, Maggie Carpenter (1-3, 2B) doubled moving Whipple to third but the ball hit to right field by Tayler Thomas (1-2) wasn’t deep enough to score Whipple as the ball was a line drive. It would be the farthest they would get as Olympian would retire the next two batters to get out of the inning.

Olympian in the bottom of the fourth would pull within 3-2 on a Katie Steinmetz (3-4, R, 2 RBI, HR) 2-run blast which also scored Arisa Tovar (1-3, 2B) who led the inning off with a double.

The Eagles tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth as Sophia Lawrence (1-3, R, RBI, HR) blasted a leadoff home run.

Moving along to the top of the sixth and pushing across a run to take a 4-3 lead the Cougars would add another run on a single by Dumeng which brought home Danielle Directo to make it 5-3.

Another threat in the bottom of the sixth inning by the Eagles as they would load the bases thanks to a lead walk single by Bella Hurtado (2-4, RBI, 2B) followed by a double by Steinmetz followed by a walk by Sahara Anglin but the Cougars would get out of it. Facing a daunting task Grace Richter was able to get a fly ball out, a popup and finish things off with a strikeout to end the threat.

Steele Canyon would add another insurance run in the top of the seventh inning on a Morales RBI single which scored Venzor who led off with a double.

The Eagles would threaten one more time in the bottom of the seventh inning and cut the Cougar lead to 6-4 on a Hurtado single to score Stephanie Alvarez with two outs. But once again Richter would get the last out via a pop out to end the game.

Sophia Lawrence for the Eagles tossed 4 2/3 innings giving up 5 runs on 8 hits in the loss.

For the Cougars, Richter picked up the complete 7 inning victory as she gave up 4 runs on 10 hits while striking out 5.

GAME TWO

STEELE CANYON 2, CLAIREMONT 1

Despite outhitting, the Clairemont Chieftains the Steele Canyon Cougars (5-4) would need a late rally capped by a one-out walk-off double by JJ Venzor (2-4, RBI, 2B) in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim the victory.

Clairemont (3-5) with two outs in the top of the third would take a 1-0 lead on a double by Isabella Jameson.

The Cougars in the bottom of the third inning had an opportunity to do some damage with two outs.

JJ Venzor on a 3-2 count laced a ball to center for a base hit, she would advance to third following a Bianca Morales (1-3, 2B) roped double to left field. With runners on second and third and two outs, Audrey Bagge would ground out to end the inning.

Moving to the bottom of the fifth inning still trailing 1-0 the Cougars put together some momentum as Carlie Williams (1-3), Danielle Directo (2-3, R), and Mariah Mata (1-2, R) each singled to load the bases.

With two outs the Cougars would tie the game on an error by the Chieftains catcher allowing Mata to score.

Grace Richter picked up her second victory on the day again going 7 innings, she gave up 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 4.

 

GAME ONE

EL CAPITAN 11, OTAY RANCH 1 (5 inings)

Big day for the Vaqueros’ Katy Hicks (2-3, R, 5 RBI, 3B) who drove in five runs including a three-run triple and also a two-run base hit in the fourth inning.

El Capitan started off in the top of the third with a one-out double by Brandy Taylor (2-3, R, 2B), she scored on a Kiki Angeles (1-3, R, RBI, 3B) triple to make it 1-0, Madison Rosalis (2-3, R, RBI) followed with a single to center scoring Angeles, she came into score on a lined double to right field by Katie Collier (2-3, 2R, RBI, 2B) which made it 3-0, after a single by Bailey Olaveson (1-3, R), Alexa Williams (1-3, RBI) followed with a single to score her making it 4-0. Another base hit by Allyson VonYokes (1-2, 2 R) loaded the bases setting up the bases-clearing triple by Hicks to extend the lead 7-0, she scored on a Hannah Davis (1-3, RBI) base hit to make it 8-0.

Otay Ranch scored what would be their lone run of the game in the bottom off the third inning as Kamryn Ishikawa (2-3, RBI) drove in Alyssa Gomez to make it 8-1.

The Vaqueros would go onto score three more runs in the top of the fourth inning on an error allowing Collier to score which was followed a couple of batters later by another Hicks base hit to score both Olivia Martinez (2R) and VonYokes.

For the Mustangs Mireya Cepeda took the loss as she went 2 2/3 innings in which she gave up 5 runs on 7 hits.

On the other side for the Vaqueros, Williams picked up the victory going 5 innings and only giving up the 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 2.

 

GAME TWO

UNIVERSITY CITY 3, EL CAPITAN 2

Despite a late run by the Vaqueros in the bottom of the sixth, the Centurions were able to hold on for the one-run victory on Saturday afternoon.

El Capitan (3-3) would stake itself to a 1-0 lead early on in the bottom of the first inning on a base hit by Bailey Olaveson (1-2, RBI) which scored Madison Rosalis (1-4, R) who led off the inning with a single.

The lead would last until the top of the third inning when UC’s Kiana Pangelinan (3-4, 2 RBI) drove in Jayla Briggs on a base hit to tie the game 1-1. Another RBI for Pangelinan in the top of the fourth inning gave UC (5-4) a 2-1 lead.

University City would add another run in the top of the sixth inning on an Alexis Engebretson base hit to right field scoring Briggs which made it 3-1.

Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning El Capitan tried to make a comeback. Starting with a leadoff walk by Olaveson followed by a single by Alexa Williams, Katie Collier (RUN) came into run and she would score on a bunt single by Allyson VonYokes (1-3, RBI) to make it 3-2, both Williams and VonYokes would move up on the throw by UC. Now with the momentum as they had runners on second and third and no outs the Vaqueros looked for more. Unfortunately, the Centurions had other plans as they were able to retire the next three batters to end the inning.

University City behind Ashley Legler would retire the Vaqueros in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to preserve the victory.

For the Vaqueros Kylie Mead took the loss as she went 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits while walking 6.

Legler for the Centurions went the distance to pick up the complete game victory giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 and fanning 8 on the day.

 

GAME ONE

SCRIPPS RANCH 9, WEST HILLS 0

The Scripps Ranch Falcons would score six runs over the first two innings and never look back in the victory on Saturday morning.

The Falcons scored three runs in the top of the first inning including two runs on an error by West Hills after Alyssa Vilke hit a ball to left field.

Leading 2-0 the Falcons added another run on a base hit by Sarah Nakahara which brought home Vilke to make it 3-0.

West Hills picked up a little momentum in the bottom of the first inning with one out as Dakotta Mershon singled to center followed by Sabrina Brown being hit by a pitch. But the Falcons would get out of the inning.

Once again the Falcons did damage as they pushed across three more runs in the top of the second highlighted by a two-run blast by Vilke to extend the lead to 6-0.

Scripps Ranch would tally 11 hits in the contest.

West Hills on the day received hits by Star Gaylord, Shannon Kim, and Lily Youngdale along with Mershon.

For the Wolf Pack, Kimie Brouard took the loss going 6 innings giving up 9 runs on 11 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3.

Elaine Swecker for the Falcons picked up the victory going 4 innings while giving up 0 runs on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1.

 

GAME TWO

WEST HILLS 3, VISTA 2

The Wolf Pack scored three runs over the first two innings of the contest and made them hold up despite a late rally by the Panthers in the afternoon contest on Saturday.

After a leadoff single by Shannon Kim a couple of batters later with two outs Star Gaylord would drive her in with a base hit to left to make it 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning.

West Hills (4-3) continued the momentum in the bottom of the second inning with one out as Emma Bentley singled, Callia Rooks came into run for her, Ta’lour Graham would single on a pop up advancing Rooks to second, she would advance to third on an error by the pitcher, Graham stole second, Rooks would score and eventually Graham came into score to give the Pack a 3-0 lead.

Moving along in the contest as both teams went back and forth until the top of the fifth when Vista (3-6) pushed across a run to pull within 3-1.

The Wolf Pack looked to add some insurance in the bottom of the sixth with one out as Alyssa Borbolla and Bentley hit back-to-back singles but Vista would get out of the inning without any further damage done.

Despite giving up a second run in the bottom of the seventh inning Bentley would finish off the Panthers to pick up the victory.

 

GAME ONE

HILLTOP 14, VALHALLA 6

In a high scoring affair, the Hilltop Lancers scored in every inning to more than double up on the Valhalla Norsemen in the early game.

Valhalla trailed 1-0 in the top of the second inning but would tie the score on a Delaney Stettler base hit scoring Devyn Ruffer.

Unfortunately, the Lancers would regain the lead in the bottom of the second inning which included a three-run blast by Elizabeth Olguin to give them a 5-1 lead.

The Norsemen didn’t go down without a fight as they would take a 6-5 lead which included an RBI triple by Kelly Olson, an RBI single by Maryn Jordan and a bases-clearing triple by Marissa Lupo.

Hilltop pushed across a couple more runs to take an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the third inning.

Another home run by Olguin in the bottom of the fifth gave the Lancers an 11-6 lead. They would score twice more in the inning to make it 13-6.

Stettler on the day went 2 2/3 innings for Valhalla and gave up 8 runs on 11 hits and Jordan tossed 3 innings giving up 6 runs on 7 hits

Alexia Sandoval for the Lancers picked up the victory going 3 2/3 innings while giving up 0 runs on 3 hits.

 

GAME TWO

POINT LOMA 10, VALHALLA 9 (9 INNINGS)

Trailing in the bottom of the ninth inning the Valhalla Norsemen tried to make a comeback as they scored three runs but came up short as the Pointers finally put an end to the rally.

Valhalla took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Maryn Jordan to score Jade Hill.

The lead wouldn’t last long as Kim Hastings gave the Pointers a 2-1 lead with a base hit that brought in both Morgan Myers and Jillian Silva. They added a third run on a base hit by Alexia Stroud.

Things swung back in the favor of the Norsemen in the bottom of the second inning as they scored three times to retake the lead 4-3.

Marissa Lupo drove in Devyn Ruffer followed by Delaney Stettler grounding out to score Lupo followed by a single by Samantha Green to score Jade Hill.

Point Loma scored twice more in the top of the third inning to once again regain the lead 5-4.

The Norsemen knotted the score at 5-5 thanks to lead home run by Kelly Olson, Yanely Gonzalez with one out tripled and came into score on a Bailey Munch ground out to make it 6-5.

Once again the Pointers tied the score at 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning.

Moving along to extra innings in the top of the ninth with the score still tied at 6-6 the pointers took advantage of a Valhalla error to take a 7-6 lead. They would eventually take a 10-6 lead thanks to multiple base hits and another error.

Trailing in the bottom of the ninth the Norsemen put together some momentum as Delaney Stettler was at second base for the International tiebreaker. She would move to third on a Samantha Green single and come into score as Olson singled to center field. Green would score on a sacrifice fly and both Olson and Gonzalez would steal second and third. Olson would eventually come into score to make it 10-9.

The Pointers would finally get out of the jam and end the contest on a fly ball out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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