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ROUNDUP: Patriots Down The Foothillers; Cougars Bite The Norsemen; Sultans Claim Mayor’s Cup

2019 EAST COUNTY SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

NON-LEAGUE

PATRICK HENRY 7, GROSSMONT 2

Out in El Cajon on Friday afternoon the Patrick Henry Patriots used a multi-hit fourth inning to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish against the Grossmont Foothillers (11-6).

Patrick Henry (8-2) opened up the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning when Jessica Dewitt put down a bunt that was misplayed allowing Kaiah Altmeyer (1-3, 3R, RBI) to race around and score to make it 1-0 early on.

Trailing in the top of the third inning the Foothillers got the lead runner on when Jamie Medlin (1-3, R) singled, Natalie Emery (2-4, R) a couple of batters later also singled, later with two outs Kati Contreras hit a fly ball to right field that was misplayed which allowed both Medlin and Emery to come into score to give them a 2-1 lead.

The Patriots would take advantage of their opportunities in the bottom of the fourth inning as Savannah Sutton (1-1, RBI, 2B) roped a double to score Sydney Newton (RUN) to tie the game, Altmeyer followed with a base hit bringing home Sutton giving the Patriots the lead 3-2. Later on in the inning with 2 outs the Patriots extended their lead to 5-2 when Edie Guthrie (2-4, 2 RBI) drove in both Altmeyer and Olivia Gigante (1-2, 2R, 2 RBI, HR),

Grossmont threatened in the top of the sixth inning as Samaria Roope (2-2) led off with a hit and Jordan Brown walked but both wouldn’t advance any further.

Another run came for the Patriots in the bottom of the sixth inning when Gigante hammered a shot over the center field fence for the solo blast to make it 7-2.

In the circle, she would make the five-run lead hold up allowing only a single by Emery in the top of the seventh inning to preserve the victory.

In the loss for the Hillers, Roope pitched all 7 innings giving up 7 runs on 7 hits while walking 4 and striking out 6.

Gigante for the Patriots also went 7 innings in which she gave up 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7.

 

GROSSMONT HILLS LEAGUE

STEELE CANYON 7, VALHALLA 0

Behind stellar pitching by Grace Richter and Bianca Morales (4-4, 2R, 5 RBI, 3B, HR) almost hitting for the cycle the Steele Canyon Cougars (8-8 Overall, 2-2 GHL) were able to take care of business on Friday afternoon against the visiting Valhalla Norsemen (6-14 Overall, 0-4 GHL).

Steele Canyon would take an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Morales laced a hit to center field bringing home JJ Venzor (2-2, 3R) who led off with a walk.

Once again Venzor would get on base in the bottom of the third as she led off with a single, she would score when Audrey Bagge (2-3, 2R, RBI, 2B) smashed a double to left field making it 2-0, Morales followed with a base hit to left to score Bagge to make it 3-0.

Valhalla would get a couple of hits in the top of the fourth inning as Delaney Stettler (1-2) singled and Yanely Gonzalez (1-3) also singled.

Still leading 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning the Cougars pounced for more with one out as Venzor singled.

With Venzor on first base Bagge followed with a walk and Morales came up big again as this time she smashed a ball to right field that went for a triple. Her triple brought home both Venzor and Bagge which made it 5-0, she would come into score when Amanda Whipple (1-3, RBI) followed with a base hit which made it 6-0.

The Cougars would round out their scoring with another run courtesy of Morales who led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo homer.

Armed with a seven-run cushion, Richter was able to retire the Norsemen in order in the top of the seventh inning to end the game.

Stettler for the Norsemen in the loss lasted 3.1 innings in which she gave up 6 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3. Maryn Jordan who came in relief tossed 2.2 innings and only gave up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5.

For the Cougars, Richter went the full 7 innings giving up 0 runs and only 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7.

 

MAYORS CUP

SANTANA 6, WEST HILLS 2

The Santana Sultans (8-4 Overall, 4-0 GHL) behind an eleven-hit attack and a nice performance in the circle from their ace were able to claim the Mayor’s Cup Trophy for the second consecutive season over West Hills (4-10 Overall, 0-4 GHL) out in Santee on Friday afternoon.

The Sultans would strike first as Madison Mendez (1-4, 2 RBI, 2B) reached on an error to lead off, Gilliane Johnston (3R, SB) into run, she would steal second base and score when Ashley Madrigal (2-2, R, 2 RBI, 2B) doubled to left field, later on, Joey Barkhimer (3-4, RBI, 2B) drove in Madrigal with a base hit to right field to make it 2-0.

They would add another run in the top of the second inning to push their lead to 3-0.

Trailing didn’t deter the Wolf Pack in the bottom of the second inning starting with Star Gaylord (RUN) reaching on an error, Lily Youngdale (1-2, R) walked, Alyssa Borbolla (1-2) singled to load the bases, Emma Bentley brought home Gaylord with a base hit and Mia Colabella (RBI) grounded out to score Youngdale to pull within 3-2.

Santana in the top of the fourth inning would break the score in their favor thanks to Mendez who doubled in both Brianna Jerig (RUN) and MacKenzie Sims (1-3, R) which made it 5-2, a couple of batters later Hailey Justice drove in another run to make it 6-2.

Youngdale for the Pack would lead off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single but Mendez would retire the next three batters to end the inning.

Another hit in the bottom of the fifth for West Hills with two outs courtesy of Dakotta Mershon (1-3) but again Mendez retired the next batter.

Emma Bentley for West Hills took the loss as she went 4.1 innings giving up 6 runs while striking out 1.

For the Sultans, Mendez went the full 7 innings giving up 2 runs while striking out 7 to pick up the victory.

 

GROSSMONT VALLEY LEAGUE

EL CAPITAN 18, MONTE VISTA 2

Behind an early 10 run attack in the first inning, the El Capitan Vaqueros (13-5 Overall, 3-0 GVL) took care of business on Friday afternoon against the Monte Vista Monarchs (8-6 Overall, 1-2 GVL) out in Spring Valley.

The Vaqueros behind multiple hits from Hannah Davis (1-3, 2R, RBI), Maddy Taylor (1-3, R, 3 RBI), Kylie Mead (2-3, 2R, 2 RBI, 2 2B), Madison Rosales (2-4, 2R, RBI), and Katy Hicks (1-3, 2R, RBI)also drove in runs in the big first inning to lead 10-0.

Monte Vista in the bottom of the first inning would push across a run to make it 10-1 courtesy of an Abigail Johnston base hit which scored Ionna Upham.

El Capitan added more runs in the top of the second inning when Mead doubled in Kiki Angeles and later on Brooklyn Fukashima grounded into a fielders choice which scored Mead to make it 12-1.

A sacrifice bunt by Meeah Matanane allowed Upham to score on the throw which made it 12-2.

Another big blow by the Vaqueros in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of a three-run jack by Alexa Williams (1-1, R, 4 RBI, HR) which scored Allyson VonYokes (1-2, R), Katie Collier (RUN) and Brooke Horn (2R) made it 17-2.

The three-run blast by Williams was her fourth on the season.

El Capitan would later score their final run of the contest when Ali Gay (R, RBI) popped out and Brandy Taylor tagged up and scored.

A 2 out double by Abigail Johnston was the only hit in the bottom of the fifth inning that Horn allowed before retiring the final batter to end the ball game. ‘

Upham took the loss for the Monarchs going 3 innings of relief for Dessire Corona who had given up 12 runs in her 2 innings of work. Upham went 3 innings and gave up 6 runs.

For the Vaqueros, Horn picked up the win as she went 5 innings and struck out 8 on the day.

 

HELIX 8, EL CAJON VALLEY 0

The Helix Highlanders did all their damage in the first inning as they took advantage of thirteen walks given out by Braves pitching on the day.

Kori Jonilonis drove in 2 runs as she went 1-for-1 and scored a run on the day.

Casey Kastro picked up the win as she tossed a no-hitter in which she struck out 7 on the day.

The victory by the Highlanders along with the Vaqueros win sets up the showdown and round one on Wednesday afternoon.

 

TOURNAMENT

MISSION BAY 14, CHRISTIAN 8

Big six-run fifth inning by the Mission Bay Buccaneers dooms the Christian Patriots on Friday afternoon.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning the Christian Patriots drew three consecutive walks by Harmony Blizard, Audrey Shebloski, Devyn Krystek and Kate Manes to load the bases.

With the bases full the Patriots pushed across a run on another walk this time to Rachel Stephens to make it 4-1, Shebloski scored on a wild pitch, Krystek scored on an error by the catcher and Stephens came in on another wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4.

With the score still knotted at 4-4 in the bottom of the third inning the Patriots got some momentum as Shebloski led off with a base hit, Kystek walked and Manes ripped a double scoring Shebloski to make it 5-4 and Krystek advanced to third and would score on a fielders choice by Mallory Steele to make it 6-4.

Cassidy West for the Buccaneers would give them an 8-6 lead with a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning.

Christian pulled within 8-7 on a Shebloski solo homer in the bottom of the fourth and would later tie the game at 8-8 on a triple by Steele which allowed Krystek to score.

Unfortunately, things fell apart for the Patriots in the top of the sixth inning as Mission Bay took advantage of opportunities to push across six runs and take a 14-8 lead.

Shebloski would double with one out for Christian in the bottom of the sixth inning but would advance no further.

Mission Bay would retire the Patriots in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the ball game.

 

 

 

 

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