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ROUNDUP: VENZOR & BAGGE POWER COUGS PAST SUNDEVILS WHILE MENDEZ SHUTS DOWN EAGLES

STEELE CANYON COUGARS CELEBRATE VICTORY / PHOTO COURTESY OF STEELE CANYON SOFTBALL

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

CIF DIVISION I PLAYOFFS

STEELE CANYON 8, MOUNT CARMEL 3

SAN DIEGO – With the score tied at 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning the visiting Steele Canyon Cougars (14-15 Overall) would take the lead for good when Audrey Bagge (3-4, R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) doubled in JJ Venzor (2-2, 4R, 2 RBI, HR) to make it 4-3.

Early on in the top of the first, the Cougars would take a 1-0 lead on a base hit by Amanda Whipple (2-3, 2 RBI) which brought home Venzor.

Steele Canyon would extend their lead to 3-0 in the top of the second after a 2 out walk by Danielle Directo (RUN) which was followed by a Venzor two-run jack over the center field fence. The blast was her 8th of the season.

Mount Carmel (16-12 Overall) after being shut out the first few innings would finally get on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs to tie the game at 3-3.

The Sundevils first run came on a Cougar error after a leadoff triple, later with two outs Natalie Gonzalez (1-3, R, RBI, 2B) doubled in Ally Riches(RUN)  to pull within 3-2 and a couple of batters later Mackenzie Cunningham (1-3, RBI) drove in Gonzalez to tie  the game.

Things wouldn’t remain tied for very long as Bagge broke the tie in the top of the fifth when she roped a double that scored Venzor.

Later in the inning the Cougars added another run to lead 5-3 when Whipple drove in J Kass (RUN) with two outs.

Steele Canyon really added some insurance in the top of the sixth when Bagge crushed her 10th home run of the season to lead 8-3. Her blast gave her the lead in the East County and also scored Marley Rimoldi (2-2, R) and Venzor in the process. It also put her in the top five for all of San Diego.

The Sundevils the rest of the way would be shut down by Grace Richter including a 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Starting for Mount Carmel, Riley Barger lasted 3.2 innings in which she gave up 5 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2 before being relieved by Ally Riches who went 3.1 innings. Riches on the day gave up 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 2.

For the Cougars, Richter picked up the complete game victory in which she gave up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 3 on the day.

With the win, the Steele Canyon Cougars will now move into the double-elimination portion where they will travel up North and take on the defending Open Division champion San Marcos Knights who earned the #2 seed in Division I on Thursday at 3:30 PM.

 

 

SANTANA 5, OLYMPIAN 0

SANTEE – As she had in previous years Madison Mendez (2-4, RBI, 2B) looked in prime playoff mode as she shut down the visiting Olympian Eagles on Tuesday afternoon to help propel the Santana Sultans (14-10 overall) to victory.

Early on in the bottom of the first inning, the #8 Sultans would take a 2-0 lead when Shelby Holmquist (2-3, 2 RBI, 2B) singled to center field bringing home both Brianna Jerig (1-2, 2R) and Marilyn Downing (RUN).

The Olympian Eagles (9-19 Overall) who earned the #9 seed would threaten in the top of the second inning with one out. With one out Bella Hurtado (2-3) singled followed by a single by Mia Silva (1-3). The next batter Itzell De Los Rios singled to right field and Hurtado turned around third looking to score but the throw by Justice was in time with the tag being applied for the out.

Mendez would get out of the inning as she retired the next batter.

With two out in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Sultans added a couple more runs when Jerig scored on an error by the Eagles right fielder and Nicole Penton-March drove in Lakaila Aquinignoc-David to make it 4-0.

Santana added a fifth run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Mendez singled home Isabella Cyman.

Leading 5-0 heading to the top of the seventh the Sultans looked in charge and ready to put things away. The Eagles though didn’t go down without a fight as De Los Rios led off with a single, a couple of batters later Reina Serrano walked, Katie Steinmetz followed with a base hit.

Despite the baserunners, Mendez went to business and struck out the next two batters to end the game and preserve the shutout victory.

Serrano on the day for the Eagles went 6 innings in which she gave up 5 runs on 6 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1.

Mendez for the Sultans went the distance in which she gave up 0 runs on 9 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5 on the day.

With the victory, the Sultans will now travel up the 15 North to take on the #1 seeded Scripps Ranch Falcons on Thursday afternoon in the first round as part of the double elimination portion. Game time will be at 3:30 PM.

 

CIF DIVISION III PLAYOFFS

MIRA MESA 11, HELIX 10

MIRA MESA – With the Helix Highlanders leading 10-9 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning the Mira Mesa Marauders would push across two runs to snatch away defeat as they won a crazy score fest on Tuesday afternoon.

The #9 Helix Highlanders early on in the top of the first inning would take a 1-0 lead when Amber Young drove in Avery Perez with a walk.

Helix looked to add more runs as they still had runners in scoring position and no outs but Mira Mesa would get out of the inning.

Mira Mesa would quickly strike in the bottom of the first thanks to three consecutive walks to load the bases. The very next batter Amae Moots drove in the first two runs with a base hit, Brooklyn Ennis followed with a double to bring home a third run and with two outs they added a couple more runs to lead 5-1.

The Highlanders in the top of the second inning would add a couple more runs to pull within 5-3 thanks to a walk by Young and a base hit by Joleen Giles to bring home Erin Brown.

Trailing 6-3 in the top of the third inning, Helix came alive and pushed across six runs to retake the lead 9-6.

Brown drove in a run, Nicole Hernandez drove in another run, after a couple more runs scored Sophia Ramuno roped a double to bring home Giles.

Helix had bright in Ramuno to pitch but the Marauders took advantage of their opportunities to pull within 9-8 in the bottom of the third inning.

Nicole Hernandez would extend the Highlander lead to 10-8 in the top of the fourth with a sacrifice fly.

Mira Mesa later scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to again pull within a run at 10-9.

Moving to the bottom of the seventh inning and needed only three outs the Highlanders looked in great shape as Ramuno quickly retired the first two batters.

Unfortunately, everything unraveled as Alyssa Lynch singled, another base hit followed and Kayla Stanley singled to score a run to tie the game at 10-10. Still, with two outs the Marauders would pull things out with another base hit to score the game-winning run.

Moots picked up the victory for the Marauders as she went the distance in which she gave up 10 runs on 15 hits while walking 7 and striking out 4.

Taking the hard-luck loss was Ramuno who gave up 5 runs on 11 hits in her 5.2 innings of relief. She also walked 3 and struck out 2 on the day.

With the win, the Mira Mesa Marauders will now travel to Coronado to take on the top-seeded and undefeated Islanders on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 PM.

 

 

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