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ROUNDUP: Eagles Move Closer to League Crown; Foothillers Continue Pace

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

GROSSMONT HILLS LEAGUE

GRANITE HILLS 7, STEELE CANYON 4

Out in Rancho San Diego, the Granite Hills Eagles (18-9 Overall, 8-0 GHL) moved one step closer to their fifth straight League crown behind the big day of Amaya Esparza (3-4, 2R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) on Friday afternoon.

Their offense started early in the top of the first as Baily Wallace (2-3, R, RBI) led off with a base hit, a couple of batters Haley Johnson (2-4, 2B) doubled, Paige Baird (RUN) into run, later Esparza knocked in both Wallace and Baird with a double to center field.

Leading 2-0 the Eagles added two more runs on a sacrifice fly by Sydney Huse which allowed Staci Chambers to trot home and Esparza scored on an error by the Cougars.

Despite trailing the bats of the Cougars came to life in the bottom of the first inning as Danielle Directo (1-3, R, RBI) led off with a single, JJ Venzor (2-3, R) with one out singled and Audrey Bagge (1-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B) drove both in with a double to left field, Amanda Whipple (RBI) later in the inning would drive in Bagge on a sacrifice to pull the Cougars within 4-3.

Neither team could take advantage of any of their opportunities until the top of the sixth when the Eagles again did so and pushed across a couple more runs.

The first run came when Rylee Omahen bunted for a base hit to score Huse and advanced Julia Tysling to third base, she scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Wallace.

Steele Canyon (11-14 Overall, 3-5 GHL) would pull within 6-4 when Directo was hit by a pitch by Chambers allowing Bianca Morales to come into score.

Granite Hills answered the run by the Cougars with their own when Esparza led off the top of the seventh with a solo blast over the center field fence.

Down to their final outs the Cougars needed something but Chambers who came into the game in relief made sure nothing would occur as she retired all three batters in order.

In the loss, Grace Richter went all 7 innings giving up 7 runs on 10 hits while walking 4 and striking out 5.

For the Eagles, Catie Dobbs picked up her sixth win on the season going 5.1 innings in which she gave up 4 runs on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8, Chambers tossed 1.2 innings in relief and struck out 2.

 

GROSSMONT 8, WEST HILLS 1

With the game knotted at 1-1 after the first inning, the Grossmont Foothillers (17-11 Overall, 5-3 GHL) came alive and took charge starting in the second inning in an important contest out in Santee on Friday afternoon.

Grossmont would take an early 1-0 lead on a Jordan Brown ground out to score Natalie Emery.

The lead didn’t last as West Hills (6-16 Overall, 1-7 GHL) answered when Sabrina Brown grounded out but allowed Shannon Kim to score to tie the game at 1-1.

The Foothillers broke the tie score in the top of the second inning when Aly Allmann belted a line drive home run over the left field wall. Her home run was of the two-run variety bringing home Kimmy Bond.

Leading 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning the Hillers added more when Halle Sweiss scored on a base hit by Samaria Roope, Brianne Blue drove in Issy Cervantes and Bond came into score on an error which made it 8-1.

Emma Bentley went 4 innings for West Hills in which she gave up 4 runs on 4 hits while walking 5 and striking out 2.

Roope garnered the victory for Grossmont as she worked all 7 innings in which she gave up 1 run on 1 hit while walking no-one and striking out 11.

 

SANTANA 13, VALHALLA 6

Despite trailing early in the contest the Santana Sultans (12-9 Overall, 6-2) were able to get their bats rolling and keep their slim league chances alive with a victory on Friday afternoon.

Valhalla (6-19, 1-7) got going early as they pushed across three runs in the top of the first inning which included an RBI single by Samantha Green to score Jade Hill, the next two runs would come thanks to a couple of errors by the Sultans allowing both Green and Maryn Jordan to score.

The Sultans answered quickly in the bottom of the first inning as Brianna Jerig and Madison Mendez hit consecutive singles, Jerig would later score on a fielders choice.

Trailing 3-1 the Sultans got a boost when Mackenzie Sims ripped a double off of Delaney Stettler to right field scoring both Lakaila Aquiningoc-David and Joey Barkhimer to tie the game, and later Giliane Johnston walked bringing in Natalie Simms.

Santana would push across a couple more runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 6-3 lead.

Valhalla wouldn’t go away as Kelly Olson knocked in Jordan to pull within 6-4.

Only leading by a couple of runs the Sultans broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead 11-4.

An RBI double by Green and an RBI single by Olson brought Valhalla closer as the score was now 11-6.

Santana would round out their scoring with a couple more runs and the pitching would hold Valhalla the rest of the way for the victory.

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