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Softball: Orange County Owns Inland Empire Again in All-Star Game (6/6/18)

The 2018 Orange County and Inland Empire All-Stars. Photo/Carlos Arias.

Orange County and the Inland Empire produce many of the top softball players in the nation year in and year out and the OC will have bragging rights over the IE once again after a 10-6 victory in the 15th Orange County vs. Inland Empire All-Star Game, which was presented by PGF, on Wednesday night at Big League Dreams in Chino Hills.

The OC has won seven of the past eight meetings and owns an 8-5-2 edge over the IE in the all-time series.

It looked like it was going to be the IE’s night after UAB-bound Sierra Frazier of Santiago of Corona drove in Ole Miss-bound Mikayla Allee of Norco with a single and Long Beach State-bound Maddy Ruffin of Roosevelt of Eastvale drove in Cal-bound Makena Smith of Murrieta Valley and Frazier with a double to the gap in left-center field to give the IE a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Idaho State-bound Autumn Pease of Murrieta Mesa started for the IE and threw two perfect innings to start the game, but the OC jumped on her in the top of the third. Oregon-bound Allee Bunker of Huntington Beach singled and took third on an E-8 to lead off the inning. LSU-bound Karrington Houshmandzadeh of Los Alamitos slapped a chopper over the third baseman to drive in Bunker. UCLA-bound Kelli Godin of Mater Dei of Santa Ana, who had four hits, singled and Arizona State-bound Terra McGowan of Mission Viejo, doubled down the right-field line to drive in two runs and tie it, 3-3.

McGowan drove in Houshmandzadeh from third with a ground out to first in the top of the fifth to make it 4-0. McGowan said she is looking forward to moving on to the next level.

“Honestly, I love my high school and it’s been a great four years, but I’m ready for college,” McGowan said after the final high school game of her career. “It’s been a long run.”

Hawaii-signee Mikaela Mak of San Clemente added an RBI single in the top of the sixth before the OC exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh. USD-bound Kelli Kufta of Huntington Beach and Dartmouth-bound Kira La Scola of Orange Lutheran, who went 3 for 3, had RBI singles and Purdue-bound Nicole Siess of Rosary Academy of Fullerton tripled down the leftfield line and scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-3.

The IE picked up three runs in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double by Cal-bound Alex Perez of Linfield Christian of Temecula and a two-run single by Long Island-bound Alyssa Martinez of Chino Hills to close the gap to 10-6.

San Jose State-bound Chrys Hildebrand of Esperanza of Anaheim relieved North Dakota State-bound Paige Vargas of Santa Margarita in the bottom of the third and pitched two scoreless innings. Long Island-bound Elena Valenzuela of La Habra relieved Hildebrand in the top of the fifth and pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the victory. Ohio University-bound Mackensie Kohl pitched the final three innings to record the save for the OC, which finished with 16 hits on offense.

The game featured three PGF High School All-Americans with Arkansas-bound Larissa Cesena of King of Riverside, Godin and Oregon-bound Jasmine Sievers of Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo.


OC ALL-STARS


00 Kira La Scola, Orange Lutheran, IF, Dartmouth

4 Karrington Houshmandzadeh, Los Alamitos, OF, LSU

5 Kelli Kufta, Huntington Beach, IF, USD

9 Mackensie Kohl, Mater Dei of Santa Ana, P, Ohio University

9 Nicole Siess, Rosary of Fullerton, IF, Purdue

11 Chrys Hildebrand, Esperanza of Anaheim, P, San Jose State

11 Terra McGowan, Mission Viejo, C, Arizona State

13 Kaitlin Parsons, Los Alamitos, IF, Tennessee

15 Emma Clark, Mater Dei of Santa Ana, OF, Notre Dame

20 Daisy Munoz, Los Alamitos, IF, Cal State Fullerton

21 Jasmine Sievers, Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo, IF, Oregon

26 Kelli Godin, Mater Dei of Santa Ana, OF, UCLA

26 Mikaela Mak, San Clemente, C, Hawaii

27 Taylor Okada, Sunny Hills of Fullerton, IF, Maryland

34 Elena Valenzuela, La Habra, P, Long Island

51 Allee Bunker, Huntington Beach, IF, Oregon

55 Donna Friedman, Mater Dei of Santa Ana, C, Virginia

99 Paige Vargas, Santa Margarita, P, North Dakota State

Coaches: Rob Weil of Los Alamitos, Jessica Foley of Mater Dei of Santa Ana and John Fotzpatrick of Santa Margarita.


INLAND EMPIRE ALL-STARS


2 India Kelly, Jurupa Hills of Fontana, OF, Boise State

3 Larissa Cesena, King of Riverside, OF, Arkansas

4 Sierra Marshall, Norco, OF/IF, LMU

5 Toni Camarillo, Norco, IF, Bryant

7 Camryn Lyman, Chino Hills, OF, Long Island

8 Mikayla Allee, Norco, IF, Ole Miss

8 Morgan Zamora, Cajon of San Bernardino, IF, Cal

8 Taylor Olsen, Woodcrest Christian of Riverside, IF, Grand Canyon

9 Amani Bradley, Vista Murrieta, OF, Cal

10 Bianca Gonzalez, Norco, C, Army

10 Alyssa Martinez, Chino Hills, C, Long Island

11 Maddy Ruffin, Roosevelt of Eastvale, OF, Long Beach State

21 Sierra Frazier, Santiago of Corona, C, UAB

24 Alex Perez, Linfield Christian of Temecula, P, Cal

25 Madison Hamilton, Santiago of Corona, UT, Princeton

36 Autumn Pease, Murrieta Mesa, P, Idaho State

40 Brenna Smith, King of Riverside, P, Purdue

41 Alexis Crawford, West Valley of Hemet, C/OF, Mercy College

42 Alyssa Graham, Grand Terrace, OF/IF, San Jose State

42 JaSha Roberts, Jurupa Hills of Fontana, C/SS, Howard College

99 Makena Smith, Murrieta Valley, IF, Cal

Coach: Mike Southworth of Chino Hills.

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