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The El Capitan Vaqueros for the second straight tournament reached the finals of their bracket and for the second straight occasion brought home the trophy, they previously had reached the Hilltop Tournament Championship which they claimed last month.

Designated the visiting team for the Championship the Vaqueros went to business right away in the top of the first inning. They pushed across the games first run all with two outs as Bailey Olaveson (3-4, 2R, 2 RBI, 2B) started it off with a single, Alexa Williams (2-3, R, 3 RBI, 2B) followed by walking, Allyson VonYokes (2-4, 2R, RBI, 2B) proceded to line a single to center field but somewhere along the line the ball was misplayed allowing Olaveson to come home to make it 1-0.

San Pasqual would answer with a run in the bottom of the inning thanks to a double by Lauren Maggio and a base hit by Annie Villalobos.

Now with the game tied at 1-1 El Capitan would take advantage of some opportunities in the top of the second inning. Those opportunities included both Hannah Davis (1-4, 2R) and Kiki Angeles reaching on errors, Davis would advance to third and on the same miscue, Angeles moved to second base. The bases would become loaded when Madison Rosales drew a walk.

A couple of batters later the Vaqueros started their offense when Olaveson smashed a double that scored both Davis and Katie Collier (2R) to make it 3-1, another double by Williams scored both Rosales and Olaveson which made it 5-1, VonYokes followed with another double to bring home Williams and Brandy Taylor singled to round out the scoring.

Armed with a six-run lead Horn did her diligence as she only allowed a single base hit in the second inning.

San Pasqual would go onto score another run in the bottom of the third to make it 7-2.

Still leading in the top of the fourth with two outs the Vaqueros put together another onslaught of runs.

Brooke Horn would help her own cause as she singled in VonYokes to make it 8-2, a couple batters later Maddy Taylor scored on an error as did Taylor to make it 10-2, Rosales singled and Fukashima singled in two more runs to make it 13-2, the final run came when Alexa Williams singled in Fukashima to make to 14-2.

San Pasqual would score twice more to make it 14-4 before Horn would shut them down.

With the victory, the Vaqueros would claim the Championship of the Silver Bracket.

Horn as she had in the Semi-finals picked up the victory while going all 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.




At Valley Center, the El Capitan Vaqueros in the Semi-Finals of the Silver Bracket against the Nighthawks of Del Norte rallied and pushed across a run in the bottom of the fifth and made it stand to advance on Saturday.

The Nighthawks on a base hit by Tess Altevers-Harris would take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Despite giving up the one run the El Capitan Vaqueros didn’t fret and went to business and tied the score at 1-1 when Alexa Williams (1-3, R, RBI) singled which brought home Madison Rosales (1-2, R, RBI), Brooklyn Fukashima (RUN) came into run for Williams, she would come around to score when Allyson VonYokes (1-3, R, RBI, 2B) smashed a double who scored when Brandy Taylor (1-2, RBI) singled which made it 3-1.

Del Norte came right back against the Vaqueros with three runs to retake the lead 4-3 with multiple hits.

Leading by the one run the Nighthawks were able to add an additional run in the top of the third inning after consecutive base hits and a walk to load the bases, a couple of batters later Lauren Robinson walked to bring in Alex Garza to make it 5-3.

Another momentum shift went to the Vaqueros in the bottom of the third as Williams started off reaching on an error, she advanced to second when Olivia Martinez (2-2, R) singled, Brooke Horn, loaded the bases when she reached safely on a fielder’s choice. With the bases full Hannah Davis (1-1, RBI) followed by walking to score Williams to pull within 5-4 and Rosales singled which scored Martines to tie the game at 5-5.

Moving along with neither team able to do anything the game would reach its climax in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Leading off was Martinez, she would lace a single to center field, Ali Gay came into run for her, she advanced to second base on a sacrifice by Taylor.

With one out and Gay at second base, Horn was able to advance her on a sacrifice fly, now at third base, Gay was ready to score and just like that a wild pitch occurred in which she raced home safely to give the Vaqueros 6-5 victory.

On the Nighthawks side, Emma Giaime took the loss as she went 2 innings in which she gave up 3 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1.

Brooke Horn picked up the victory for the Vaqueros in her 3 innings of work she gave up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2.






The late rally by the Grossmont Foothillers in the bottom of the seventh would come up short as Mackenzie Rutkoff was able to secure the victory with a punch out.

In a contest that would see both teams combine for 27 hits, the Ramona Bulldogs struck first with two runs in the top of the third inning on base hits by both Seneca Curo and Missy Miller.

Grossmont would answer back in the bottom of the inning thanks to Jordan Brown (2-4, RBI) who drove in Kati Contreras (2-2, 2R) to make it 2-1.

The Bulldogs took the one-run lead and pushed it open even further in the top of the fourth inning when Riley Dietmeyer roped a double scoring Hannah Anderson, Olivia Hirsh drove in Dietmeyer on a base hit, Ashlie Alshouse drove in a run and Curo singled home Avery Campa to make it 6-1.

Trailing by five runs the Foothillers didn’t give up as Rainee Foster (1-4, R, RBI) scored on a Natalie Emery (2-4, R) ball hit that was misplayed and Kimmy Bond (1-5, RBI) singled home Emery to make it 6-3.

Another run for the Bulldogs in the top of the fourth inning would extend their lead to 7-3.

Down to their final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Foothillers needed to put something together.

Their luck started with Contreras singling to lead off, Samaria Roope (1-3, R) followed with a base hit, Brown would load the bases with a base hit, Halle Sweiss (1-4, R, RBI) drove in Contreras to make it 7-4. Up stepped Foster who hit into a double play but Roope who tagged up scored to make it 7-5, the Foothillers would pull within 7-6 on a Jessica Medlin (2-4, RBI, 2B) double.

Unfortunately, that would be all the runs the Hillers would score despite the next two batters walking as Rutkoff who came into relieve Skylar Jackson was able to retire Kimmy Bond to end the game.

Jackson who started for the Bulldogs pitched 6.2 innings to get the win and on the day gave up 6 runs on 14 hits while walking 4 and striking out 1.

Natalie Emery who took the circle for the Hillers, unfortunately, took the loss after tossing 7 innings in which she gave up 6 runs on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.




The Foothillers who would build a five run lead would see the Valley Center Jaguars make a small comeback with three runs late before finally stopping the rally to claim the victory.

Grossmont would take an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jordan Brown (1-2, R, 2 RBI, 2B) doubled to score Kati Contreras (1-2, R) and Samaria Roope (2-2, 2R, 2 RBI, 2B), Brown would come into score on a wild pitch to round out the scoring.

A base hit by Kimmy Bond (1-4, RBI) in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring Natalie Emery extended the Hillers lead to 4-0. The lead increased to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to a leadoff solo home run by Roope.

Valley Center finally got on the board in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of Taylor Friend who jacked a solo home run to make it 5-1.

Grossmont answered with another run in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out double by Roope that scored Alyssa Box-Agustin to make it 6-1.

The Jaguars didn’t go down quietly as Ryenne Stehly, Annabelle Dixon and Katelyn Dunkel hit three consecutive base hits to load the bases.

With the bases full and only one out the Jaguars were able to push across three runs on a miscue by the Foothillers to make it 6-4.

Despite giving up the three runs the Hillers would retire the Jaguars in order in the sixth inning to preserve the victory and move onto the championship contest later in the evening.

Jenna Gonzales for the Jaguars would take the loss in which she lasted only 3.2 innings giving up 6 runs on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1.

For Grossmont, Contreras picked up the victory in which she went 5 innings while giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.





In Anaheim led by Brooke Bertussi (2-2, 2R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) and her two home runs the Granite Hills Eagles finished out the Carew Classic Tournament on a high note.

The last time these two teams met the Granite Hills Eagles pulled out a 9-8 victory in extra innings but this time around the game would be decided in regulation thanks to Eagles pitching that limited the Dons to only 2 hits on the day as well.

The Eagles would take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Bertussi jacked her first home run of the season over the left field fence scoring Morgan Kelly (1-1, 2R, RBI).

With the momentum on their side the Eagles added more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out starting with Haley Johnson (1-2) who singled to center field, Paige Baird (R, SB) into run, she would steal second base and score on a base hit to left by Kelly.

With the score now 3-0 and Kelly on second up stepped Bertussi who on the first pitch blasted another 2-run jack once again over the left field fence for her second on the season and a 5-0 lead.

After a base hit by Sydney Huse (1-2, R) and a walk by MacKenzie Boehm (R, SB)), Bailey Wallace (1-3, R, RBI) would slice a hit to left field scoring Huse to make it 6-0, Rylee Omahen (1-3, RBI) followed by reaching on an error which scored Boehm and Staci Chambers hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Wallace which rounded out the scoring.

Chambers who had been excellent in her start in the circle was lifted for Chloe Knepp who promptly retired the Dons in order 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth inning to end the game and procure the victory for the Eagles.

Anna Hermann of the Dons took the loss in which she gave up 6 runs in her 3.1 innings of work while walking 1 and striking out 1.

On the other side for the Eagles, Chambers got the start and picked up the win going 4 innings and only allowing 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4 on the day.



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