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Out in Santee on Friday afternoon Catie Dobbs of Granite Hills (16-7 Overall, 6-0 GHL) pitched a gem of a game to keep the Eagles in first place as they defeated the West Hills Wolf Pack (5-12 Overall, 1-5, GHL).

Granite Hills struck first with a run in the top of the first thanks to Baily Wallace (3-4, 2R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, SB) who stole third after leading off with a double, she came into score on a Staci Chambers (1-2, RBI) base hit to right field which made it 1-0.

The Eagles added a second run in the top of the third when Wallace was able to steal home and score to make it 2-0.

Wallace once again wreaked havoc for the Eagles as she drove in the final two runs with a double to center field. Scoring on the double by Wallace were Chloe Knepp (RUN) and Erica Simon (RUN).

Despite trailing West Hills had an opportunity in the bottom of the fourth inning when Star Gaylord walked and Alyssa Borbolla was hit by a pitch which put runners at first and second and no outs. Unfortunately for West Hills Dobbs was able to get out of the inning as she struck out two of the three outs.

West Hills would end up getting their only hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth when Shannon Kim (1-3) singled.

In the loss for West Hills, Kimie Brouard went all 7 innings in which she gave up 4 runs while striking out 5.

Dobbs for Granite Hills picked up the victory as she tossed 7 innings while giving up the 1 hit and striking out 11.



Whenever the Steele Canyon Cougars and the Santana Sultans get together it always plays out as a thriller and on Friday afternoon out in Santee, it wasn’t any different.

Santana would push the first run across in the bottom off the second inning when Emmalee Leggett (1-3, R, RBI) laced a ball to center field scoring Isabella Cyman (2-4, R) to make it 1-0.

The Cougars pounced back in the top of the third inning drawing three walks to load the bases before Bianca Morales (3-4, 3 RBI) singled in both DJ Dumeng (RUN) and JJ Venzor (1-3, 2R, RBI) to give them a 2-1 lead.

Steele Canyon would add to their lead in the top of the fourth inning when Venzor singled to left field to bring home Tayler Thomas to make it 3-1.

Santana would threaten in the bottom of the inning as Cyman and Hailey Oceguera (1-3) hit back-to-back singles. Grace Richter of the Cougars would get out of the inning a couple of batters later.

Steele Canyon would add to their lead in the top of the sixth inning when Morales singled to score Venzor to make it 4-1.

Trailing by three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning the Sultans were down to their final couple of at-bats and had to get something.

Things started off good as MacKenzie Sims (2-3, R) led off by reaching on an error, Leggett followed by reaching on an error, Madison Mendez (1-2) singled to load the bases.

With the bases loaded Ashley Madrigal (RBI) hit a fly ball to left field that was caught which allowed Sims to tag up and score to cut the deficit in half 4-2.  With runners on and trailing Hailey Justice (1-3, R, 3 RBI, HR) stepped to the plate and on a 2-1 count took the offering and crushed it over the center field fence for the three-run home run to give Santana the 5-4 lead.

Mendez who came in to pitch in relief got the first out, Carlie Williams singled off of Mendez but Lexi Hutchinson hit a lined shot that was caught by Joey Barkhimer at first base who promptly stepped on the bag before Williams could get back for the game-ending double play.

“I was just trying to get a base hit to tie the game but the pitch was right down the middle and I hit it.” Said Hailey Justice when asked about her approach for the at-bat.

On the day for the Cougars in the loss, Richter went 6 innings in which she gave up 5 runs on 7 hits while striking out 2.

Starting for the Sultans was Barkhimer who went 3.2 innings in which she walked 7 while giving up 3 runs on 1 hit and struck out 1, Mendez who got the win went 3.1 innings in relief and gave up 1 run on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1 on the day.



In Rancho San Diego on Friday afternoon a slugfest occurred between the visiting Grossmont Foothillers and the home team Valhalla Norsemen. In the end, the Norsemen would come out on top.

Valhalla would start the offensive fireworks off when Samantha Green belted a two-run blast over the center field fence to bring home Delaney Stettler and make it 2-0.

Brianne Blue of the Foothillers cut into the two-run deficit with a leadoff jack to make it 2-1, later on, in the inning, Issy Cervantes came into score on a Natalie Emery base hit to tie the game at 2-2.

With the score tied up and runners still on Samaria Roope gave Grossmont a 3-2 lead as she walked with the bases loaded, Jessica Medlin singled in Aly Allmann and Blue again did damage as she singled scoring Alyssa Box-Agustin to make it 5-2.

The Norsemen would roar back in the bottom of the inning when Jade Hill doubled in both Devyn Ruffer and Aubrey Baker to make it 5-4, Maryn Jordan knocked in Sydney Saunders to tie the game 5-5.

Valhalla would take a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Ruffer singled in Green. A couple of batters later Jade Hill doubled in Yanely Gonzalez and Ruffer to make it 8-5.

The Foothillers in the top of the fifth would push across a couple runs to pull within 8-7. The first run came when Cervantes grounded out but Blue would score and later on in the inning Foster came in when Emery reached on an error.

Valhalla added another run on a couple of errors in the bottom of the fifth inning to allow both Hill and Stettler to score which made it 10-7.

Grossmont added another run in the top pf the seventh inning but that would be all they would get.

Stettler picked up the victory for the Norsemen as she went 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 8 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2, Jordan got the save as she went 3 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 1.

Roope for Grossmont took the loss going 6 innings giving up 10 runs on 11 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5.




Both Kylie Mead and Brooke Horn of El Capitan combined for a no-hitter on Friday afternoon out in El Cajon.

The El Capitan Vaqueros scored a run in the first inning when Hannah Davis singled in Brooklyn Fukashima to make it 1-0, they would add a second run in the second inning when Maddy Taylor scored as Kiki Angeles reached on an error. The Vaqueros added a third run in the third inning to lead 3-0 Davis again drove in Fukashima.

El Cajon Valley scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the third inning when Jackie Espinoza reached on an error scoring Juliana Laverdiere to make it 3-1.

After a triple by Angeles, Ali Gay laced a base hit to bring her home making it 4-1, a couple of batters later Bailey Olaveson drove in Gay and Davis scored Fukashima to make it 6-1.

The Vaqueros later on in the top of the seventh inning would push across 9 runs to round out their scoring.

A leadoff hit by Madison Rosales followed by Taylor and Mead both reaching on errors allowing Rosales to score, Taylor would come into score when Angeles reached on another error by the Braves, after a walk to Gay, Fukashima singled home Mead to make it 9-1, Angeles came in on a Williams reached error, Horn drove in both Gay and Fukashima to make it 12-1, later on, Taylor drove in Horn and Mead drove in Hailey Mulligan to make it 15-1.

Gigi Valencia of the Braves took the loss as she went 7 innings giving up 15 runs on 11 hits while walking 5.

Mead got the win for the Vaqueros in which she went 4 innings and gave up 1 run on 0 hits while walking 3 and striking out 7, Horn came into the contest and tossed 3 innings of relief in which she gave up 0 runs on 0 hits while striking out 3.





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