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SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: VAQUEROS WIN IN DESERT, SULTANS ROLL WHILE COUGAR ISN’T FRIENDLY

2020 EAST COUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

NON-LEAGUE

EL CAPITAN 6, CALEXICO 5

EL CENTRO (3-5-20) – With the score tied in the top of the seventh inning Maddie Taylor was able to drive in what ended up being the game-winning run with a single scoring Hailey Mulligan.

It wasn’t easy for the Vaqueros but they would take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Hannah Davis singled in Katy Hicks.

Calexico would make a two-out rally in the bottom of the second inning with a couple of runs off of Vaqueros starter Brooke Horn to take a 2-1 lead.

El Capitan didn’t sweat as Brandy Taylor led off the top of the third inning with a base hit, she would advance to third base and come into score when Katie Collier grounded out which made it 2-2.

Still, only two outs the Vaqueros strung together some more offense as Alexa Williams continued with a base hit to left field, Alexis Mc Daniel into run. The next batter Ava Gall ripped the offering center field for a double which put runners on second and third, Hicks would walk to load the bases and Mc Daniel would score before the fielder’s choice could be completed.

More opportunities abounded for the Vaqueros in the top of the fifth inning as Brandy Taylor drew a one-out walk, Horn followed with a base hit and later Brooklyn Fukushima who came into run would score on a passed ball. ‘

Leading 4-3 the Vaqueros would add another run when Maddie Taylor doubled to bring home Mc Daniel to extend the lead 5-3.

But Calexico would string together some offense in the bottom of the fifth which would lead to a tie game at 5-5.

Down to their final out of the top of the seventh inning a flair for the dramatics was needed an accomplished as Mulligan ripped a double, she would score what ended up as the game-ending run.

Calexico was shut down in their half of the seventh inning to end the game.

Alexa Williams picked up the win as she came in and tossed 5.1 innings of relief which she gave up 3 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 and fanning 6 on the day.

 

GOLD & SILVER CLASSIC

SANTANA 11, OCEANSIDE 1 (5 INNINGS)

OCEANSIDE (3-5-20) – Sultans starter Joey Barkhimer really had it going as she limited the Pirates to 2 hits on the day in the commanding victory on Thursday.

The Pirates would actually lead 1-0 in the bottom of the second with a two-out double but Santana would throw the runner out trying to advance to third base.

The slim deficit would only last a few minutes as the Sultans pushed across five runs in the top of the third inning.

Taylinn Warren singled in Gilliane Johnston to tie the game at 1-1, Warren promptly stole second base and came into score when Hailey Justice hit a ball that was misplayed, Barkhimer a couple of batters later would double in two runs to make it 4-1. Later in the inning, Hailey Oceguera drove in Samantha Sullivan.

Another RBI single by Warren in the top of the fourth inning scoring Oceguera followed by a Lakaila Aquiningoc-David double a couple of batters later would give Santana a 10-1 lead, Barkhimer followed with a single to bring in Aquiningoc-David to make it 11-1.

Barkhimer would retire the Pirates in order in the bottom of the fifth inning to finish off the win.

On the day, Barkhimer tossed 5 innings for the victory in which she only gave up 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 8.

 

COUGAR CLASSIC

GROSSMONT 1, CLAIREMONT 1

ESCONDIDO (3-5-20) – At Kit Carson Park neither the Grossmont Foothillers or Clairemont Chieftains could scrounge much when it came to runs which led to a tie.

The Hillers had an opportunity in the bottom of the third inning with two outs as Halle Sweiss roped a double. Unfortunately, she would be stranded to end the inning.

Moving to the top of the sixth inning with the game still 0-0 the Chieftains were in business when Salazar doubled with one out, she would advance to third on a ground ball out and scored when Mohrlock bunted for a base hit.

Trailing 1-0 the Foothillers knew they had to get something and that something came in the form of a solo-blast by Sweiss to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning.

Still tied the Hillers had an opportunity to win in the bottom of the seventh inning and started out well as Brianne Blue led off with a base hit, unfortunately, some bad luck occurred and the Chieftains were able to get out of the inning and end the game with no harm done.

Correia of Clairmont went all 7 innings in which gave up 1 run on 6 hits and struck out 1.

For Grossmont, Caiti Potts went all 7 innings in which she only allowed 1 run on 6 hits while walked 1 and struck out 5.

 

SAN MARCOS 9, VALHALLA 8

ESCONDIDO (3-5-20) – Despite outhitting the San Marcos Knights the Valhalla Norsemen couldn’t quite make the complete comeback on Thursday night.

Valhalla would actually lead the Knights early on as they pushed across three runs in the top of the first inning to lead 3-0.

Bailey Munch drove in Yanely Gonzalez on a single to right field to make it 2-0 which was followed by a roped triple by Cadyn Ruffer to make it 3-0.

However the momentum didn’t last as Cydney Sanders doubled to left field to score Jade Lee, a couple of batters later Mariah Diaz scored when Sara Pustinger reached on an error, Sanders would score on an error which tied the game 3-3, Maddie Helms would come into score on a sacrifice fly. The Knights would go onto drive in four more runs as they took advantage of their opportunities.

The Norsemen though would cut the Knights lead in half as Aubrey Baker doubled with one out and would come into score when Maryn Jordan grounded out.

Another double by Sanders in the bottom of the third inning would bring home Rachel Baer who previously singled.

Things would get mighty interesting as the Norsemen put together some offense in the top of the fourth inning.

Gonzalez with one out would double to left field allowing Devyn Ruffer to score, She would come home on a passed ball, Jordan followed with a triple to right field and finally, Nayeli Chapa would drive in two more runs to make it a 9-8 game.

 

RANCHO BUENA VISTA 11, WEST HILLS 1

ESCONDIDO (3-5-20) – Ten runs over the third and fourth innings would propel the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns to the commanding victory on Thursday.

For the Longhorns Janae Comb drove in 4 runs including a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning.

West Hills lone run came in the top of the third inning when Mia Colabella stole home to tie the game at 1-1.

Savannah Coyle picked up the win for the Longhorns as she went 4 innings in which she only allowed 1 run on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8.

 

 

 

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