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ROUNDUP: HUSE CLUTCH FOR EAGLES; ALLMANN SHINES & NORSEMEN HOLD ON

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

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BY ADAM PAUL

GROSSMONT HILLS LEAGUE

GRANITE HILLS 2, SANTANA 0

EL CAJON – It wasn’t easy but the Granite Hills Eagles (21-8 Overall, 10-0 GHL) accomplished their mission of a perfect league season as they scored 2 runs late to pull out the victory.

In the first meeting between these two teams, the Eagles blew out the Santana Sultans (13-10 Overall, 7-3 GHL) 13-0 so this time the Sultans went with Hailey Justice who kept the Eagles bats off balance.

For the Eagles, the pitching was just as strong as Catie Dobbs got the nod and right away she went at Santana and struck out four of the first six batters faced.

It wouldn’t be until the bottom of the second inning that the first hit would be registered courtesy of Sydney Huse (3-3, 2 RBI, 2B) who singled with two outs.

Granite Hills would finally get some momentum in the bottom of the third inning with two outs as Baily Wallace (1-3, 2B) doubled and Brooke Betussi walked. Neither would advance though as Justice would get Haley Johnson (1-3, 2B) to pop out.

The Sultans who hadn’t been able to do anything at all thought they had something in the top of the fifth inning when Justice led off with a walk, Ashley Madrigal followed with a bunt that was misplayed.

Having runners on first and second and no outs didn’t bother Dobbs as she promptly struck out the next three batters to end the inning.

With her three strikeouts in the inning, Dobbs was now at 12 for the game.

Moving to the bottom of the seventh inning with the large crowd in attendance on the edge of their seats waiting to see which team would strike the Eagles would make a move.

With one out. Johnson smashed a ball to deep center which looked like it was going out but instead hit the fence for a double, Paige Baird (RUN) into run, Amaya Esparza (RUN) followed with a hard hit ball to third that was misplayed allowing Baird to advance to third base.

With runners at the corners, Coach Curtis Barnes brought in Staci Chambers to pinch hit but Santana counters with giving her first base with the intentional walk. Now with the bases full and only one out up stepped Huse who on a 1-2 count smoked a ball to left field over third base for a double that scored both Baird and Esparza.

Now leading 2-0, Dobbs went back out in the top of the seventh to try and finish the deal. Leadoff batter Justice drew a walk, she wouldn’t advance any further as Dobbs fanned the next three batters to procure the victory.

Santana only had a single hit on the day and that was by Shelby Holmquist in the top of the sixth inning with a ball hit to short.

In the loss for the Sultans, Justice worked 5.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4.

On the other side for the Eagles, Dobbs pitched a gem of a game as she fanned 15 in her 7 innings of work for the complete game victory. She also walked 4 and only gave up a single hit on the day.

With the win, the Eagles accomplish what only the 2014 West Hills Wolf Pack when they went 9-0 in the Hills League and that is an undefeated Hills League season.

After the game, the Granite Hills Eagles celebrated their seniors with a nice celebration and they will now turn their attention to the playoffs in the Open Division. Santana, on the other hand, will find out their seed for the Division I Playoffs.

 

 

GROSSMONT 12, STEELE CANYON 4 (8 INNINGS)

JAMUL – With the scored tied at 4-4 in the top of the eighth inning the Grossmont Foothillers (19-11 Overall, 6-4 GHL) offense exploded for eight runs to pull away.

STEELE CANYON COUGARS CELEBRATING SENIOR DAY / PHOTO COURTESY OF BECCA HANSON CARPENTER

Early on the Steele Canyon Cougars (13-15 Overall, 4-6 GHL) would strike first in the bottom of the first inning as Danielle Directo (3-5, R) and JJ Venzor (3-5, R) hit consecutive singles, Audrey Bagge (1-4, R) walked to load the bases. With the bases full Bianca Morales (3-5, R, 2 RBI) laced a single to score both Directo and Venzor to make it 2-0, Amanda Whipple (2-3, 2 RBI) followed with another hit that scored both Bagge and Morales to lead 4-0.

Steele Canyon would threaten again in the bottom of the third inning as Tayler Thomas (2-4) led with a single, Maggie Carpenter walked and with one out Grace Richter walked to load the bases. Samaria Roope for the Hillers was able to get out of the jam as she retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Offensively, Grossmont hadn’t done much all day long but that would change in the top of the fifth inning thanks to Aly Allmann (3-5, 2R, 5 RBI, 2B, HR) who hammered a two-run home run to pull within 4-2.

Allmann and the Foothillers would strike again when she roped a double that scored both Brianne Blue (3-5, 3R, 3 RBI) and Natalie Emery (1-1, 2R) to tie the game at 4-4.

Neither team would do anything the rest of the contest in regulation so the game would go into extra innings.

Grossmont would have the first crack in the top of the eighth inning and would start off with a single by Blue, a couple of batters later Allmann drew a walk, Kimmy Bond singled to load the bases.

Only one out and the bases loaded Roope grounded into a fielders choice that scored Blue to give Grossmont a 5-4 lead, Katalina Contreras (1-3, RBI) knocked in Allmann to make it 6-4, Jordan Brown hit a sacrifice fly that scored Bond which made it 7-4.

The score would eventually hit 11-4 in favor of Grossmont on a bases-clearing double by Blue and Allmann singled in Blue to make it 12-4.

Steele Canyon was now down to their final at-bat and things started off promising as Directo led off with a single and Venzor followed with another base hit. However, neither would advance any further as Bagge flew out and Roope was able to get Morales to ground out to Allmann at third who started the double play to end the game.

Roope for Grossmont pitched all 8 innings in which she struck out 13 while giving up 4 runs on 14 hits and walked 3.

For the Cougars, Richter went 7.2 innings in which she gave up 10 runs on 12 hits while walking 7 and striking out 3.

 

 

VALHALLA 8, WEST HILLS 7

SANTEE – In quite the exciting contest the Valhalla Norsemen (7-20 Overall, 2-8 GHL) would jump out to a nice lead but the West Hills Wolf Pack (6-18 Overall, 1-9 GHL) would claw back but the Norsemen would hold on for the victory.

Valhalla would take a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning as Yanely Gonzalez (2-3, 2 RBI) hit a sacrifice fly to score Samantha Green (3-4, 3R, 3 RBI, HR) and Bailey Munch reached on an error that scored Kelly Olson (2-4, R).

Things would get even better for the Norsemen in the top of the fifth inning thanks to three runs courtesy of a Green three-run blast over the center field fence. Also, scoring on the home run was Maryn Jordan (1-4, 2R), and Aubrey Baker (RUN).

West Hills would finally push across runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Dakotta Mershon (4-4, R, RBI, 2 SB) singled in Brianna Bentley (1-3, R) and Jules Fossing (1-2, R, RBI) scored on an error to make it 5-2.

The bats again came alive for the Pack in the bottom of the sixth inning as Star Gaylord (1-3, R, RBI) led off with a solo blast over the left field fence, Lily Youngdale (2-4, R, 2B) followed with a double, she would later score on an error to make it 5-4 and later Ta’lour Graham (RUN) would score on a single by Fossing to tie the game at 5-5.

Valhalla though would answer in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI single by Delaney Stettler to bring home Jordan, a couple of batters later Gonzalez drove in Stettler and Munch drove in Green to make it 8-5.

Trailing by three runs in the bottom of the seventh the Wolf Pack knew what they had to do. West Hills would pull within 8-7 when Sabrina Brown jacked a two-run dinger that brought home Mershon who led with a single.

Now with the momentum in their favor and the crowd in a frenzy, Gaylord drew a walk, Youndale doubled moving Gaylord to third base. West Hills was now poised to put things away.

The next batter Alyssa Borbolla walked to load the bases. Unfortunately the unthinkable happened as Emma Bentley grounded into a double play and Brianna Bentley flew out to end the game.

For the Pack, Kimie Brouard went 4.2 innings in which she gave up 5 runs on 7 hits while striking out 2, Emma Bentley worked 2.1 innings in which she gave up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 4.

Stettler for Valhalla went the distance as she gave up 7 runs on 12 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1 on the day.

 

 

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