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Out in El Cajon on Monday afternoon, the Granite Hills Eagles (14-7 Overall, 3-0 GHL) pounded out 14 hits on the day against the visiting Grossmont Foothillers (12-8 Overall, 2-2 GHL) en route to the victory.

The contest between the two was originally scheduled for last week but put off until Monday so that the Eagles could go and play in the Michelle Carew Classic tournament in Anaheim.

Grossmont looked like it would strike in the top of the first inning when they would load the bases with only one out. Back-to-back walks to Aly Allmann and Natalie Emery (1-3, R) followed by a couple of batters later another walk to Samaria Roope (1-2, R). With the bases full, Eagles starter Catie Dobbs went to work and retired the next two batters on a pop-up and line out.

After getting out of the bases loaded the jam the Eagles went to business and were able to pounce when Staci Chambers lined a base hit scoring both Bailey Wallace (2-4, R) and Rylee Omahen (1-4, R) to make it 2-0, she would advance to third after Amaya Esparza (3-4, 2R, 2 2B) and Haley Johnson (3-3, 2 RBI) consecutively singled.

Still leading 2-0 and the bases loaded with one out Brooke Bertussi (1-2, 3 RBI) drew a walk to bring Chambers home making it 3-0.

Grossmont was able to push across a run in the top of the third inning on a solo home run by Kati Contreras over the left field fence to make it 3-1.

Despite the small momentum change by the Hillers the Eagles didn’t flinch as Esparza led off the bottom of the third inning with a double, she advanced to third on a wild pitch, Johnson followed by being hit by a pitch to put runners at first and third, Dobbs walked to load the bases.

Once again the Eagles were on the brink of blowing the game wide open and in doing so they were able to push across a couple more runs courtesy of an RBI groundout by Bertussi and a base hit by Morgan Kelly (1-2, 2 RBI).

RBI base hits by Johnson and Bertussi in the bottom of the fourth inning extended the lead to 9-1.

The Foothillers in the top of the fifth inning strung together some momentum with one out as Emery singled, a couple of batters later with two out Roope singled, Jordan Brown (RUN) walked to load the bases. With the bases full, Jessica Medlin cleared them as she smashed a double to left field scoring all three runners to pull Grossmont within 9-4.

Granite Hills in the sixth inning changed pitchers bringing in Chambers who retired Grossmont 1-2-3 to end the inning.

Despite an error, in the top of the seventh inning, the Eagles finished off the Foothillers as Chambers struck out Brown to end the game.

For Grossmont in the loss, Roope went 3.1 innings while giving up 9 runs on 12 hits and struck out 3, Contreras who came in relief worked 2.2 innings giving up only 2 hits while striking out 2.

Dobbs for the Eagles tossed 5 innings as she picked up the victory while giving up 4 runs on 4 hits and struck out 7, Chambers pitched 2 innings in relief in which she struck out 2.

The win by the Eagles sets up the showdown for first place on Wednesday out in Santee against the Santana Sultans as each team is undefeated in league so far in the first round of play.




Originally scheduled for a couple of weeks ago but was called before it could be started due to heavy rains the contest between these two Division II foes was finally able to be played out in Santee on Monday afternoon.

The Patriots (10-2) came into the contest ranked as the top team in Division II while the Wolf Pack (4-11) came into the game in the thirteen spot according to the MaxPreps rankings which is the rankings that will determine playoff seeding instead of the power rankings system that has been in place the last few years.

Besides stellar pitching on the day the Patriots were able to score their runs early which set the tone for the game.

Early on Patrick Henry took a 1-0 lead when Jessica Dewitt scored on a miscue, a couple of batters later Dezianna Patmon (2-3, R, RBI, 2 2B) roped a double which brought home Olivia Gigante (2-2, 2R, 2 RBI) to make it 2-0.

West Hills in the bottom of the first inning would put a couple of runners on as Shannon Kim reached on an error and Sabrina Brown walked but Jenks was able to retire the next three batters to end the inning.

Patrick Henry in the top of the second inning behind multiple hits including four singles and an extra-base hit scored three more runs to take a 6-0 lead.

The runs would come courtesy of a single by Gigante scoring Chloe Wilson (2R), a lined single to left by Edie Guthrie (1-1, RBI) brought home Laila Spracklen (2-2, 2R) and Lauren Nett (1-3, RBI, 2B) roped a double that scored Gigante.

With a six-run lead in the top of the third inning, the Patriots were not done as Kaiah Altmeyer (1-4, 2 RBI, 3B) added two more with a triple to right field scoring both Wilson and Spracklen.

West Hills finally was able to get their first hit on the day in the bottom of the fourth as Alyssa Borbolla (1-2, 2B) led off with a double, she wouldn’t advance any further in the inning.

A lead double by Patmon in the top of the fifth inning would eventually lead to the final run when Altmeyer reached on an error allowing Patmon to come into score.

Jenks was able to retire the Wolf Pack in order in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game.

She picked up the victory going the full 5 innings in which she gave up 1 hit and struck out 8.

On the other side for the Pack, Kimie Brouard went 5 innings giving up 9 runs on 12 hits while striking out 3.




Trailing late in the game the Santana Sultans (9-4) would rally and complete the comeback as they scored three runs late and held on for the victory.

The Sultans would start things in the top of the first inning when Madison Mendez (2-2, 4R, 2 RBI, 2 HR) hit her fifth home run of the season to give them an early 1-0 lead.

The one run lead wouldn’t last long as the Chieftains started off with a double by Isabella Jameson (2-3, 2R, RBI, 2B, HR), Samantha Palencia (1-3, R) followed with a single which put runners at the corners, a couple of batters later Ari Salazar (2-4, 2R, 2 RBI) knocked in both runners with a base hit to right field.

Leading 2-1, Clairemont with two outs extended their lead as Jenee Brodeur (1-4, 2 RBI) drove in two more runs to make it 4-1.

Clairemont (6-8) scored again in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run by Jameson to make it 5-1.

The four-run deficit faced by the Sultans was cut into by Mendez as once again she bopped a home run this time to center field to make it 5-2.

The Chieftains answered back with another run in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI ground out by Emma Huffman which made it 6-2.

Things looked bleak for the Sultans but in the top of the fourth inning, the momentum swung their way.

After both Mackenzie Sims (1-3, R) and Giliane Johnston (RUN) reached on errors Mendez would walk to load the bases. Santana would cut the deficit to 6-4 on a fielders choice by Isabella Cyman when both Sims and Johnston would score on throws by the Chieftains.

After scoring twice to pull within a couple of runs the Sultans were not done as Lakaila Aquiningoc-David (1-4, RBI) singled to bring home Mendez and make it 6-5.

Santana would later tie the game at 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning on a double by Hailey Justice (1-5, R, RBI) scoring Mendez. With the game all knotted up and two outs, Shelby Holmquist (1-1, 2 RBI) who was called upon to pinch-hit came up with the big two-run knock scoring both Ashley Madrigal and Justice.

Now with an 8-6 lead and all the momentum, the Sultans were in business as they looked to close things out.

Clairmont would make things interesting in the bottom of the seventh inning off of Joey Barkhimer. The Chieftains would score another run when Samantha Jameson singled to bring home Huffman and put the tying run in scoring position at second base.

Barkhimer would finally finish the victory off with a strikeout of the very next batter.

For the Sultans, Justice was given the starting nod but she only lasted 1.1 innings in which she gave up 5 runs on 5 hits, Barkhimer picked up the victory after going 5.2 innings in which she gave up 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 1.

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