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ROUNDUP: PATMON POWERS PATRIOTS BALANCED VICTORY WHILE HIGHLANDERS STAY THE COURSE

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

CITY-WESTERN LEAGUE

PATRICK HENRY 7, UNIVERSITY CITY 4

On Tuesday afternoon behind a 10-hit attack, the Patrick Henry Patriots (11-2 Overall, 1-0 CW) rallied from a two-run deficit to claim the victory in the league opener.

Coming into the league opener against the University Centurions (7-8 Overall, 0-1 CW) the Patriots were riding a three-game winning streak and had scored more than 30 runs in the last three contests.  These facts were shrugged off by the Centurions as they would take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning.

With one out Ashley MC Connell (1-2, RBI) lined a single to center to score Jayla Briggs (RUN) which made it 1-0, a couple of batters later with two outs they would add another run when Kiana Pangelinan (1-3, RBI) singled.

Despite a leadoff single by Dezianna Patmon (3-4, 2R, 3 RBI, HR), the Patriots would come away with nothing in the bottom of the second inning.

After getting out of a jam in the top of the third inning the Patriots started off in the bottom half with both Kaiah Altmeyer (1-4, R) and Jessica Dewitt (1-4, R) reaching on errors. Both errors would come back to bite University City as both Altmeyer and Dewitt would come into score.

Altmeyer would score on a ground ball out by Olivia Gigante (1-4, 2 RBI) and Dewitt scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 2-2. After a walk to Lauren Nett (2-2, 2R, 2B), Patmon who doubled twice the other day took the offering and jacked it over the center field fence for a two-run blast which gave Henry a 4-2 lead. ‘

Another run by the Patriots in the bottom of the fifth inning courtesy of a base hit by Gigante that scored Laila Spracklen (1-2, R) made it 5-2.

Patrick Henry scratched two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Patmon drove in Nett and later on she scored on a Savannah Sutton base hit which made it 7-2.

University City in the top of the sixth inning scored twice on a couple of Patrick Henry miscues to pull within 7-4. The Centurions would load the bases in the top of the seventh inning but Gigante would retire the final two batters to end the game.

Kate Wiggins who went 4 innings took the loss for the Centurions as she gave up 5 runs on 6 hits.

For the Patriots, Gigante gave up 4 runs in her 7 innings of work while striking out 7 in the win.

With the victory, the Patriots push their winning streak to four games and put themselves as one of the top teams in the county.

 

GROSSMONT VALLEY LEAGUE

HELIX 10, VALHALLA 0

Out in Rancho San Diego on Tuesday afternoon the Helix Highlanders behind the duo of Zoe Kuhlken (3-4, R, 5 RBI, 2B) and Sophia Ramuno (1-4) shut down the Valhalla Norsemen and limited them to only 5 hits on the day.

The Highlanders who were preparing for their showdown on Wednesday out in Lakeside with the El Capitan Vaqueros didn’t lose sight of the fact that they had a game with the Norsemen as they scored five runs in the top of the third inning.

With one out Erin Brown (2-5, R, 2 RBI) singled, she advanced to second on a base hit by Nicole Hernandez (2-4, 2R) with two outs, Amber Young (1-3, 2R) walked which loaded the bases, Casey Castro (2-3, 2R, 2 RBI) followed with a two-run single to center field, later on Kulhken cleared the bases as she smashed a double.

Helix added a couple more runs in the top of the fourth when Isabella Bordine (1-1, R, RBI) singled to score Hernandez and Kuhlken again did damage when she singled in Young and Castro to make it 8-0.

Things got a little interesting in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs as Samantha Green (1-1) walked, Kelly Olson (2-3) singled, and another walked followed to load the bases. Despite the trouble, Kuhlken got out of it as she was able to get Bailey Munch to fly out to right field for the final out of the inning.

A couple more walks for Valhalla in the bottom of the fifth inning gave them some momentum but again the Highlanders got out of the jam. ‘

Helix already leading 8-0 in the top of the seventh inning tacked on two more runs when Brown drove in both Bordine and Kuhlken to make it 10-0.

Valhalla in the bottom of the seventh inning would put a couple of runners on courtesy of a walk by Sydney Saunders and a base hit by Maryn Jordan (1-4) but neither would advance any further as Ramuno struck out Delaney Stettler to end the game.

For Valhalla, Jordan took the loss as she gave up 5 runs in her 2.2 innings of work on 4 hits in which she struck out 2, Stettler pitched 4.1 innings of relief while giving up 5 runs on 9 hits.

Kuhlken would get the win for the Highlanders as she went 4.2 innings while only giving up 3 hits, Ramuno came into the game and tossed 2.1 innings in relief in which she struck out 6 while only giving up 2 hits.

CITY-EASTERN LEAGUE

OLP 13, CHRISTIAN 7

The OLP Pilots (3-12 Overall, 1-0 CE) on the day would score five runs over the first two innings before the Christian Patriots (2-10 Overall, 0-1 CE) would score and unfortunately couldn’t recover from the early deficit on Tuesday afternoon.

Our Lady of Peace would take an early 1-0 lead when Lorena Carrio was hit by a pitch which brought home a run, they would add their second run when Vanessa Figeroa grounded out bringing home Solana Martinez.

Carrio in the top of the second inning gave the Pilots a 5-0 lead when she blasted a three-run home run off of Mallory Steele (2-4, 3R, RBI, 2B, HR) over the center field fence.

The Patriots despite trailing strung together some momentum starting with a base hit by Dawnelle Mcleod (2-4, R, RBI), a couple of batters later with two outs and Mcleod at second Steele would draw a walk, Audrey Shebloski (3-4, R, 3 RBI, 2 3B) came up and roped a ball to center field that went for a two-run triple to make it 5-2.

More runs for the Pilots in the bottom of the third inning courtesy of a two-run single by Jorden Williams followed by a double by Carrio that scored another run to give them an 8-2 lead. They would add another run to lead 9-2.

Christian thought they had something in the top of the fourth inning with one out and a walk by Cali Rookey (1-2, R) and a double by Tiffany Clough (2-4, R) which put runners at second and third. They would load the bases with two outs as Rachel Stephens walked. Unfortunately, the next batter would be retired to end the inning.

They would string together more in the top of the fifth inning as Steele led off with a roped double followed by another triple for Shebloski which scored Steele to make it 9-3, Devyn Krystek followed with a base hit bringing home Shebloski which made it 9-4.

After the Pilots pushed across another run the Patriots cut the deficit in half on a solo-homer by Steele over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Unfortunately, the Pilots answered right back with back-to-back home runs with one of them by Solana Martinez.

A walk by Rookey, a single by Clough, Rookey advanced to third on a wild pitch as did Clough. With runners at second and third for the Patriots Mcleod would drive in Rookey on a base hit, Stephens followed with another base hit to bring home Clough which made it 13-7. That would be all the Patriots would get as the next two batters would be retired to end the game.

 

 

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