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Softball: So Cal Roundup (4/11/18) Titanic Rally for Poway

Hawaii-bound Taylor Rileey of Poway. Photo/Poway Softball.

For the second straight time, Poway waited until it was almost too late.

The Titans, ranked No. 3 in San Diego by So Cal Sidelines, scored seven runs in the seventh inning to snap a 6-6 tie as Poway escaped Mt. Carmel of San Diego again with a victory, this time by a 13-6 score in a Palomar League game on Wednesday.

By staging another rally, Poway snapped the Sundevils’ nine-game winning streak. And now the Titans (14-3- 1, 2-0) have staked a claim at winning another Palomar League title with a fast start.

Two errors and five hits helped fuel the seven-run outburst, bringing back the memory of last year’s visit by Poway to the same field. Trailing 12-5 in the sixth inning, according to Poway coach Jim Bennet, the Titans broke the Sundevils’ hearts that day with a 16-13 come-from-behind win.

“This year was eye-opening because the game was close all day,” said Poway senior Taylor Riley, who was 3 for 5 with a run-scoring double in the fateful seventh. “Every game we play in the Palomar League is a rivalry game.

“We tell ourselves all the time we have to beat Mt. Carmel and Rancho Bernardo in league play.”

It’s the way the Titans are doing that against Mt. Carmel that is proving to be so painful.

“We told the girls they can’t take their foot off the pedal for one second, especially after what happened last year,” said Mt. Carmel coach Scott Ward, whose team fell to 12-3 overall and 1-1 in league. “Once again, we opened the door and Poway took advantage.”

Last year’s win at Mt. Carmel was also Bennet’s 300th career victory. This year’s win is the seventh consecutive win over the Sundevils by the Titans.

“I’ve never lost to them,” Riley said.

Losing at Mt. Carmel didn’t look like as much of a certainty as it did last year late in the game, but a pair of errors opened the door.

Emma Walton, who hits ninth in the Poway order, squeezed home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Riley doubled in the second run, Nora Ward finished off a 3 for 3 game with a single for a run, UC San Diego-commit Sophia Real singled in two runs, Bailey Langford, who pitched the final inning in relief, and Abby Kowalski both singled in runs.

“Mt. Carmel battles us every time,” Bennet said. “We play hard for all 21 outs. We were playing for one run in the seventh and got seven. We have to be ready for everyone from here on out.”

Besides Riley and Ward in the 15-hit attack, the Titans got three RBI from Langford and two RBI from UCLA-bound Colleen Sullivan, Real and Kowalski. Sullivan slugged a two-run home run, her 10th, in the fourth inning to retake the lead at 5-4.

Mt. Carmel had runners in scoring position twice and scored runs in each inning — four runs in the third and two in the fifth inning.



The 2018 Santana Sultans. Photo/Adam Paul.

In an interesting move Santana (13-3, 1-0) started freshman Joey Barkhimer in place of Florida International-commit Madison Mendez against Grossmont Hills League-foe and rival the West Hills of Santee (7-5, 0-1).

The move paid off for the Sultans, ranked No. 8 in San Diego, as Barkhimer dazzled in her pitching debut to lead the Sultans to a 5-0 victory in the Mayor’s Cup game. Barhimer tossed a complete game one-hit shutout while walking 3 and striking out 6 in the victory against West Hills, which came into the game ranked No. 19 in San Diego.

Offensively, both teams held each other in check and it wasn’t until the top of the sixth when the Sultans capitalized. Both Natalie Sims and Krysten Service drew back-to-back walks and both advanced up on an overthrow by West Hills. Next up for the Sultans was Mendez, who took the very first offering and blasted it over the left field fence for a three-run home run.

The Sultans tacked on another run thanks to Ashley Madrigal’s solo home run to left, which made it 4-0.

Santana added another run in the top of the seventh inning with two outs as Sims lined a single to center, which was followed by a roped double by Service to score her.

West Hills broke up Barkhimer’s no-hit bid in the bottom of the seventh inning when Star Gaylord singled up the middle.

On the day, Mendez went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and three RBI, Sims went 2 for 2 while scoring two runs, Service went 1 for 3 and drove in a run and also scored a run and had a double and Madrigal went 1 for 3 with a home run.


In the Avocado-East North County League:

Ramona 10, San Pasqual of Escondido 9: A Campa drove in UCLA-commit Seneca Curo with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to cap a four-run rally as the Bulldogs (6-10-1, 1-0) knocked off the Golden Eagles (7-8, 0-1).

In the Baseline League:

Chino Hills 6, St. Lucy’s of Glendora 1: Mykenzie Hanna went 3 for 4 with a homer, Reese Vargas went 2 for 4 with a homer and Maryland-commit Kendall Mangel pitched a five-hitter to lift the Huskies (18-4, 1-0), ranked No. 2 in the IE and No. 9 in So Cal, over the Regents (8-9, 0-1), ranked No. 20 in LA.

In the Big VIII League:

Norco 11, King of Riverside 3: Oklahoma-commit KinzieHansen went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI, Ole Miss-commit Paige Smith went 2 for 4 with a run and four RBI and LMU-bound Sierra Marshall hit a three-run homer to help the Cougars (16-2, 2-0), ranked No. 1 in the IE and No. 4 in So Cal, beat the Wolves (12-4, 1-1), ranked No. 6 in the IE.

Centennial of Corona 4, Santiago of Corona 2: The Huskies (11-4, 2-0) defeated the Sharks (11-10, 0-2), ranked No. 7 in the IE.

In the Citrus Belt League:

Yucaipa 6, Redlands 4: Annessa Arredondo went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBI and Kaelyn Loncharich went 3 for 3 with two RBI for the Thunderbirds (13-6, 3-1), ranked No. 9 in the IE.

Redlands East Valley 8, Carter of Rialto 3: Boise State-commit Autumn Bennett went 4 for 5 with a triple and two runs and Maddy Ferrao and Cal Baptist-bound Shelby Arbeiter homered to power the Wildcats (13-5, 5-0), ranked No. 8 in the IE.

In the City-Eastern League:

Clairemont of San Diego 8, Mira Mesa of San Diego 1: San Diego Christian College-bound Maddy Jacobs pitched a three-hitter with three strikeouts andwent 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Bella Jameson tripled and drove in three runs and Maddy Taylor went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI for the Chieftains (9-2, 1-0), ranked No. 5 in San Diego.

Scripps Ranch of San Diego 7, University City of San Diego 4: Lexi Osowski went 3 for 4 witha homer, two runs and four RBI and Alyssa Vilke went 2 for 4 with two triples, two runs and an RBI for the Falcons (10-7, 1-1), ranked No. 11 in San Diego.

Christian of El Cajon 12, Serra of San Diego 7: Ashley Carter went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and four RBI, Audrey Shebloski went 4 for 5 with a run and two RBI, Washington-bound Silent Rain Espinoza went 2 for 4 with a double and three runs and Lauren Sherburne went 4 for 5 with three runs for the Patriots (10-7, 1-1).

In the City-Western League:

Cathedral Catholic of San Diego vs. Point Loma of San Diego: The game was postponed because no umpires showed up.

In the East Valley League:

Poly of Sun Valley 11, North Hollywood 0: Vivian Little tossed a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts in five nnings and went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI for the Parrots (14-3, 5-0).

In the Grossmont Hills League:

Steele Canyon of Spring Valley 9, Grossmont of El Cajon 0: Sonoma State-commit JJ Venzor went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI, Bianca Morales went 2 for 6 with a homer, Jazmin Alvarado went 1 for 4 with two RBI and Tayler Thomas went 3 for 3 with a run as the Cougars (13-4, 1-0), ranked No. 12 in San Diego, defeated the Foothillers (12-6, 0-1), ranked No. 16 in San Diego.

In the Grossmont Valley League:

El Capitan of Lakeside 4, Helix of La Mesa 2

In the Imperial Valley League:

Brawley 3, Calexico 2

In the Mountain Pass League:

Beaumont 1, Tahquitz of Hemet 0: Julia Shepard tossed a two-hit shutout with four walks and 11 strikeouts for the Cougars (11-7, 2-0), ranked No. 18 in the IE.

In the Pacific View League:

Rio Mesa of Oxnard 7, Pacifica of Oxnard 0: Utah-commit Alicia Estrada tossed a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts, Evelyn Roman went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and three RBI, Hailey Jackson doubled and drovein two runs and Kianna Abellera had a solo blast to lift the Spartans (14-6, 5-0), ranked No. 5 in LA and No. 19 in So Cal.

In the Palomares League:

Diamond Bar 8, Ayala of Chino Hills 7

South Hills of West Covina 8, Glendora 2: Sal Munos went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI for the Huskies (12-5-1, 5-2).

In the Pioneer League:

West Torrance 5, North Torrance 3: Sommer Kisling went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBI and Idaho State-bound Mailee Newman pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts to help the Warriors (18-2, 1-0), ranked No. 6 in LA, defeat the Saxons (12-7, 0-1), ranked No. 12 in LA.

South Torrance 22, Leuzinger of Lawndale 0: Sophia Fernandez threw a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and went 2 for 3 with a grand slam and five RBI, Chloe Lopez was 5 for 6 with two doubles and nine South (16-4, 1-0), rankedNo. 15 in LA, players had two or more hits in the game.

In the Sunkist League:

Grand Terrace 15, Bloomington 0: Jessica Hubbard tossed a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts in five innings and Luz Aguilasocho homered to lift the Titans (5-9, 1-0), ranked No. 14 in the IE.

In the Falcon Fiesta Tournament:

Otay Ranch of Chula Vista 13, High Tech of San Diego 8: Mireya Cepeda went 2 for 4 with a double, a run and two RBI, Adianna Mondragon went 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and an RBI, Kassy Solis went 3 for 5 with a double, a triple, two runs and an RBI, Kameryn Ishikawa went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI and Naliah Garcia went 2 for 4 with a double, a run and two RBI for the Mustangs (6-6-1).

Patrick Henry of San Diego 6, Escondido 5

In the Valley Classic Tournament:

Kennedy of Granada Hills 6, Oaks Christian of Westlake Village 3: Tatiana Mejia went 3 for 3 with a triple, two runs and two RBI and Amy Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple, a run and an RBI as the Cougars (14-6) defeated the Lions (17-2), ranked No. 8 in LA.

In nonleague games:

Granite Hills of El Cajon 6, Rancho Buena Vista of Vista 0: USD-bound Catie Dobbs went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBI and Cal State Fullerton-commit Staci Chambers tossed a one-hitter with one walk and seven strikeouts to lead the Eagles (9-6), ranked No. 20 in San Diego, past the Longhorns (7-6), ranked No. 14 in San Diego.

Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach 5, Santa Monica 4: Angel Santellan went 2 for 3 with a double, a run and two RBI to help the Mustangs (7-7-1) hold off the Vikings (3-3).

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