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ROUNDUP: PATRIOTS’ GIGANTE ADDS NAME TO CIF RECORD BOOK WHILE MENDEZ STIFLES THE PIRATES

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

NON-LEAGUE

#7 PATRICK HENRY 8, OLYMPIAN 0

On a day that Olivia Gigante did her best Reggie Jackson impersonation the Patrick Henry Patriots (7-1) rolled up a convincing victory over the Olympian Eagles (4-6) on Wednesday (Mar 20) afternoon.

If you aren’t familiar with the feat of Reggie Jackson he hit three home runs in game 6 of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. While not a World Series contest three home runs by Gigante tied a San Diego CIF Section record and also an EastCounty record most recently accomplished last year by Ashliegh Hartwig in the Hilltop Tournament against the Montgomery Aztecs.

The three home runs were also accomplished by Sam Beasley of Steele Canyon back in 2007, Jessie Owens of Santana in 2008 and Sarah Nicks of Grossmont back 2013 who were some of the best players in the history of EastCounty softball.

Not only did Gigante hammer three home runs and but the Patriots as a team banged out 16 hits on the day. Her three home runs on the day give her 4 on the season.

The scoring started for the Patriots in the bottom of the first inning when Kaiah Altmeyer (4-4, 2R, 2 RBI, 3B, HR) led off with a triple to continue her torrid hitting streak, she would score on a Jessica Dewitt (1-4, R, RBI) ground ball out to make it 1-0.

Moving to the bottom of the third leading 1-0 the Patriots added more when Altmeyer jacked a leadoff home run, her first of the season to make it 2-0, a couple of batters later Gigante (3-4, 3R, 4 RBI, 3 HR) blasted a two-run homer to give them a 4-0 lead. Patrick Henry later in the inning added more when Dezianna Patmon (2-4), Maya Dickerson (RUN) into run, Edie Guthrie (3-4, R), Sydney Newton (2-4, R) singled to load the bases followed by Chloe Wilson (1-2, RBI) singling to left field which scored Dickerson to make it 5-0, Laila Spracklen (RBI) flied out and Guthrie would tag up and come home to make it 6-0.

The Patriots would be back at the top of the lineup after batting around with Newton and Wilson still on base. Both would steal second and third respectively to give Altmeyer an RBI opportunity to which she would take advantage as she singled to bring home Newton to finish the scoring off at 7-0.

Not only was the offense clicking on all cylinders for the Patriots but the pitching as well as H. Jenks who was given the nod. Jenks was retiring the Eagles one by one by either strike out or the defense making the plays for Patrick Henry.

Patrick Henry would cap off their scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning as Gigante blasted a solo shot over the center field fence.

Moving to the seventh inning and an eight-run lead Jenks after giving up a lead single retired the final three batters including strikeouts of the final two outs to preserve the shutout.

Jenks on the day for the Patriots struck out 12 Eagles while giving up only 2 hits in the complete game victory.

 

SPRING VARSITY CLASSIC

SANTANA 12, OCEANSIDE 0

Santee (3-20-19) – Already leading the Sultans really put things away with a big seven-run sixth inning to win convincingly over the visiting Pirates on Wednesday afternoon.

Santana (4-1) would get the offense rolling in the bottom of the second inning when Lakaila Aquiningoc-David (2-2, 2R, 2B) led off with a double to left field, a couple of batters later Hailey Justice (1-3, R, RBI, 2B) knocked her in with a double to left field to make it 1-0, Krysten Service (1-2, 2R, SB) followed with a single to advance Justice to third who scored on a passed ball. Both Service and Emmelee Leggett (1-2, 2R, RBI) would come into score on a passed ball and a Pirates error.

Oceanside (4-3-1) would threaten in the top of the fourth inning with multiple hits and a walk but Madison Mendez (1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR) would settle down and strike out the final batter to end the inning.

Leading 4-0 the Sultans would add another run in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend their lead on a steal of home by Service to make it 5-0.

Moving along to the bottom of the sixth inning the Sultans offense finally broke through starting with MacKenzie Sims (2-3) leading off with a base hit, Brianna Jerig (RUN) into run, she advanced to second on a wild pitch and came into score when Leggett lined a single which made it 6-0. With Leggett on base Mendez on a 0-1 count took the offering and hammered it deep over the center field fence to give the Sultans a 8-0 lead, Nicole Penton March (1-4, RBI, 2B) would double in Ashley Madrigal (1-3, R) and Joey Barkhimer (1-3, R, 3 RBI, HR) would jack a three-run blast over the left field fence to round out the scoring.

Amani Faletoi for the Pirates took the loss as she gave up 12 runs on 11 hits, walked 5 and struck out 3.

Mendez picked up the complete game victory for the Sultans as she gave up 5 hits and zero runs while fanning 8 Pirates on the day.

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