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SULTANS RALLY AND HOLD ON WHILE PATRIOTS WIN THE DESERT

2019 EASTCOUNTY PREP SOFTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

GOLD AND SILVER TOURNAMENT

SANTANA (2-0) 6, PT. LOMA (2-2) 5

It was a roller coaster of a ride for the visiting Santana Sultans as they would trail for the majority of the contest but eventually take the lead only to almost see it slip away in the jaws of defeat but would hang on for the crazy victory.

Santana threatened in the top of the first inning with one out as Madison Mendez (1-4, RBI, 2B) roped a ball to right field that went to the fence for a double. Unfortunately, that would be all Santana would muster as the Pointers retired the next two batters.

Neither team could put together any type of offense even though each had their opportunities to do so. Such as the case was for Santana in the top of the fourth inning when Lakaila Aquiningoc-David led off with a walk, Nicole Penton-March (3-4, 2 2B) followed with a double to put runners at second and third with no outs, Joey Barkhimer (1-2) followed with a walk to load the bases.

With the bases full the Pointers looked like they would fall into trouble but they would actually get out of as the Sultans couldn’t capitalize.

The Pointers after avoiding a disaster went to business in the bottom of the fifth and started off with a lead walk by Taylor Riley who would later score with 2 outs to give the Pointers a 1-0 lead. Point Loma took advantage of a Sultans miscue and a single by Simone Cobb which scored Riley.

Facing their final couple of at-bats the Sultans knew they had to get something going as they had been slowed pretty much the entire time.

Santana in the top of the sixth inning finally got rolling as Penton-March walked to leadoff, Barkhimer followed with another walk and Ashley Madrigal (1-4, R) singled to load the bases. Now with no outs and the bases packed Gilliane Johnston (1-3, R, RBI) was able to crack through as she lined a single to center to score Emma Leggett to tie the score 1-1.

A couple of batters later with 1 out the momentum continued for the Sultans as MacKenzie Sims (1-2, R, RBI) drove in Madrigal to give Santana their first lead 2-1, Krysten Service (1-4, 2 RBI) extended the lead to 4-1 with a two-run single, Mendez came up and lined out but Sims who saw the situation tagged up and raced home to make it 5-1.

Santana added another run in the top of the seventh on a passed ball to score Leggett to push the lead to 6-1.

Now Point Loma was down to their final outs and had to put together something. But the Sultans were able to get the first out with ease.

With one out Allie Eastman singled off Mendez, she advanced to second on a passed ball which was followed by a walk by Alexia Stroud. Point Loma now had runners on first and second and one out and would push it further as Cobb singled to center to score Eastman to make it 6-2, a miscue on the next play by the Sultans allowed the Pointers to cut the lead in half 6-3, a couple of batters later a hit batsmen allowed another run to come in.

Point Loma knew they had the Sultans on the ropes and needed to keep applying the pressure. They would add a couple more runs to pull within 6-5 with 2 outs. With tying and winning runs on base the Sultans were finally able to put things away as Mendez was able to get the ground ball back to her to which she promptly threw to first to end the ball game.

Mendez in the victory went all 7 innings in which she gave up 5 runs on 5 hits while walking 5 and striking out 2.

“We could have hit better but we were able to come up with the key hits at the right time and I am pretty pleased.” Said Sultans coach Eddie Cyman.

On the day the Sultans had 9 hits but left quite a few runners on base.

 

CHRISTIAN (1-3) 7, CENTRAL (2-2) 4

A late solo home run by Audrey Shebloski gave the Patriots the big road victory over the Spartans on Wednesday afternoon.

Christian would strike first in the top of the first inning with 2 outs as Devyn Krystek roped a double, she would advance to third on a single by Kate Manes. With runners on first and third and 2 outs, the Spartans allowed the Patriots to take a 1-0 lead on a misplayed ball allowing Krystek to score.

The 1-0 lead for the Patriots didn’t last long as the Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the first inning on a wild pitch in which Jessica Acosta raced home.

The Patriots retook the lead in the top of the third inning as Mallory Steele led off with a triple and Shebloski drove her in with a single to make it 2-1. After a single by Krystek the Patriots added to their lead thanks to an RBI double by Manes to give them a 3-1 lead.

Central threatened to cut into the Patriot lead in the bottom of the third with one out as consecutive walks and a hit by pitch loaded the bases but Steele would induce the ground ball double play to end the threat and the inning.

Christian in the top of the fifth tacked on another run as Manes led off with a walk. She would later come into score as she stole home which made it 4-1.

The Spartans cut the deficit in half with run in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-2. A couple of innings later in the bottom of the sixth, they added a couple more runs to tie the game at 4-4.

With the score now tied and the momentum now in favor of the Spartans, the Patriots took it back in the top of the sixth thanks to Shebloski which sparked the offense. Consecutive walks by Krystek and Manes followed by a misplayed ball by Central allowing Rachel Stephens to reach base and load the bases brought the cheers to the fans who traveled to watch.

The next batter Dawnelle Mcleod would drive in Krystek on a ground ball to extend the lead 6-4 and Manes would come into score which pushed the lead to 7-4.

A serious threat was put up by Central in the bottom of the seventh inning as Alyssa Gonzalez led off with a single followed by a double by Karmina Bacerra.

Knowing she had to get three outs, Steele went to business and was able to squash the potential threat as she retired the next three batters to end the game.

Steele in the victory tossed 7 innings in which she gave up 4 runs on 9 hits while walking 4.

 

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