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ROUNDUP: COUGARS BITE LONGHORNS; PATRIOTS TAME THE STORM & POINTERS HOLD OFF CHRISTIAN

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

FALCON FIESTA TOURNAMENT

Out in Spring Valley on Thursday afternoon the Steele Canyon Cougars (9-9) behind a three-run double by JJ Venzor (1-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B) gave them an early lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

With Marley Rimoldi (RUN) and Lexi Hutchinson (1-1, R) and Mariah Mata (RUN) on base Venzor with two outs laced a ball to center field for a bases-clearing double to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.

A moment later Audrey Bagge (1-3, RBI) extended the lead to 4-0 when she singled to center which scored Venzor from second base.

Steele Canyon added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning on a Maggie Carpenter ground ball that scored Amanda Whipple which made it 5-0.

The Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns (6-6-1) finally got on the board in the top of the fourth inning on a Kaylee Hull sacrifice fly to bring home Paige Dimler (1-3, R), one batter later Farrah Steffany (1-3, RBI) singled to right field to score Cadee Herrmann (1-3, R) to make the score 5-2.

For the rest of the game, it was all about the pitching on both sides as neither really gave an inch to the other’s offense.

Grace Richter for the Cougars despite giving up a base hit to Shealee Perkins of the Longhorns in the top of the seventh inning retired the next two batters via fly out to end the game.

In the loss for the Longhorns, Steffany gave up 5 runs in her 6 innings of work in which she walked 2 and struck out 5.

Richter went all 7 innings for the complete game victory in which she gave up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1.

 

NON-LEAGUE

PATRICK HENRY 11, HIGH TECH SD 1 (5 INNINGS)

Out at Robb Field in Ocean Beach the Patrick Henry Patriots (12-2) rode the wave of the mighty bat of Edie Guthrie who drove in 5 RBIs on the day on Thursday afternoon.

Patrick Henry who came into the contest on a four game winning streak started rolling in the bottom of the first inning with Kaiah Altmeyer (2-3, 2R, SB) leading off with a single, she proceeded to steal second base, Jessica Dewitt (1-3, 2R) walked.

Altmeyer would come into score when Lauren Nett (1-4, 2R, RBI, SB) knocked her in which made it 1-0, Nett stole second base to put runners at second and third.

With runners in scoring position and no outs Edie Guthrie hit a ball to center field that scored both Dewitt and Nett to push the lead to 3-0 and in the process Guthrie ended up at second base. A couple of batters later Guthrie would come around to score when Dezianna Patmon (2-3, RBI, 3B) singled.

Leading 4-0 the Patriots added another run in the bottom of the second inning when Altmeyer doubled and came into score on an error by the Storm to make it 5-0.

More of the same for Patrick Henry in the third inning courtesy of Guthrie who drove Nett home which made it 6-0, Olivia Gigante (1-1, R, 2 RBI, HR) followed with a 2-run deep blast over the right field fence to make it 8-0.

After the two-run homer by Gigante, Patmon roped a ball to center field for a triple and when she tried to stretch it into an inside the park home run she was thrown out at the plate. The next batter Savannah Sutton (1-2, R, RBI, HR) smashed 2-0 count over the center field fence for a solo blast to make it 9-0.

High Tech High SD (4-7) would finally breakthrough in the top of the fifth inning as Rachel Warrens (1-3, RBI, 2B) doubled in Danye Albritton (RUN) to make it 9-1.

The Patriots would go onto erase the run with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning when Guthrie would drive a shot to left field that would score both Maya Dickerson and Dewitt for a double that promptly ended the game under the run rules.

Gillian Weinstein took the loss for the Storm as she only lasted 2.1 innings in which she gave up 9 runs on 9 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1, Warrens who came into relieve Weinstein pitched 2.1 innings in which she gave up 2 runs on 2 hits while walking 4 and striking out 1.

Patrick Henry used two pitchers on the day starting with Hailey “H” Jenks who went 3 innings and picked up the victory while giving up 0 runs on 0 hits and walking 3 and striking out 7, Gigante who came and worked the final 2 innings gave up 1 run on 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2 on the day.

 

POINT LOMA 9, CHRISTIAN 8

A late rally by the Christian Patriots (2-11) who trailed by four runs late in the game came a run shy as the Pointers were able to get out of the jam out in El Cajon on Thursday afternoon.

After shutting down the Pointers in the top of the first inning the Patriots thought they had something with one out as Cali Rookey (1-2, 2R) who would advance to second on an error and Audrey Shebloski (3-4, 2R, RBI, 3B) singled advanced Rookey to third base. Unfortunately, neither would advance any further.

The Pointers would go onto take a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Cassidy Sauner scored on an error by the Patriots.

Another opportunity came to the Patriots in the bottom of the second when Kate Manes (2-3, 2 RBI, 2B) led off with a double. She would advance to third base on a sacrifice but wouldn’t advance any further as the next two batters were retired.

Point Loma (8-8) would add another run in the top of the third when Gen Hope doubled in Simone Cobb to make it 2-0.

Christian was able to scratch back a run in the bottom of the inning with one out as Mallory Steele (3-4, 3R, RBI, 2B, HR) singled, she would come into score when Shebloski ripped a triple to center field to pull within 2-1 but the Patriots were able to tie the game at 2-2 when the center fielder misplayed the ball allowing Shebloski to come home.

The Pointers answered right back with another run in the top of the third inning to retake the lead 3-2.

They would extend their lead even further with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning to lead 6-2.

Despite trailing the Patriots didn’t go down as they climbed back into the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning.

With one out Steele crushed the offering over the right field fence to cut the deficit in half 6-3, Rookey followed that with a walk and a couple batters later came into score when Devyn Krystek (1-4, R, 3 RBI, HR) on a 3-2 count took the offering and absolutely jacked it over the center field fence. The 2-run bomb was hit so far that it actually went all the way onto Madison.

Krystek’s blast brought the Patriots within a run at 6-5.

Point Loma would answer again with three more runs to extend their lead to 9-5 in the top of the sixth inning.

Down to their final outs, the Patriots knew they had to do something. Indeed they did their best starting with a leadoff double by Steele, Rookey was hit by a pitch, Shebloski followed with a base hit to load the bases and still no outs.

With the bases full Krystek would ground out but that would allow Steele to score making it 9-6, Manes followed with a two-run single that scored both Rookey and Shebloski to pull the Patriots within 9-8.

Christian was in business as they had pulled within a run and only had one out and Manes on second base. Unfortunately, the next two batters would ground out to end the ballgame.

Taking the loss for the Patriots was Manes who went 5 innings in which she gave up 6 runs on 8 hits while walking 4 and striking out 4.

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