The Lady Grizzlies successfully stole 12 bases in 15 attempts, and brought in seven runs on wild pitches, adding to their total of 10 unearned runs in the game. Granite’s batters also drew a total of 21 walks, and posted a total of 10 RBIs in the winning effort.
“We’re working through games no matter what the outcome is,” Granite Head Coach Bryan Rojas said. “We’re learning how to do that, and we’re getting better [every game].”
Strathmore’s junior pitcher Anita Martinez got the start on the mound, throwing for four innings before being relieved by sophomore Taylor Alkire in the top of the fifth inning, down 5-3.
Once the Lady Grizzlies got on base, they continued to exploit Strathmore’s unforced errors, with four additional runners crossing home plate on wild pitches in the fifth and sixth innings, and a total of 14 conceded bases which were either stolen or taken on a wild pitch.
Defensively, the Lady Grizzlies turned one double play and only had five fielding errors, while Granite’s senior shortstop Sarah Vehrs shut things down — recording more than a handful of outs single-handedly.
Granite’s sophomore pitcher Illiana Castillo put together another solid performance for her team, racking up two strikeouts and conceding one walk, seven hits and four earned runs.
On the other side of the diamond, Strathmore was struggling to find consistency with their pitching, and Martinez came back into the game to relieve Alkire in the final frame, with Granite leading 11-6.
The Lady Grizzlies ended up going through their line-up in their final at-bat with Genavie Perez,and Castillo each scoring twice. Castillo ripped a stand-up triple in her second at-bat of the seventh frame for three RBIs.
Strathmore’s defense eventually managed to retire the side, but not before Granite racked up nine more runs to take a 20-6 lead.
In bottom of the seventh stanza, Alkire got things started with a leadoff double, but the following three batters were retired in order, putting the game on ice for the Lady Grizzlies, and improving their ESL record to 3-2, while Strathmore falls to 1-3.
“I mean we played with them pretty strong for about four innings,” Strathmore Head Coach Frank Rodriguez said after the game. “Pitching is the first key to softball, and we have two girls that are trying their best, to go out there and throw strikes, and they do the best they can.”
Rodriguez said with 30 years of experience coaching baseball and softball he know the highs and lows of the game.
“These girls still have a great attitude, and they won’t let this loss get them down,” Rodriguez said. “They just keep going and keep playing everyday.”
Score By Inning
Granite Hills 0 1 1 3 4 2 9 - 20
Strathmore 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 - 6
Pitching: Granite Hills - Illiana Castillo, 7.0 IP, 2K, 1W, 7H, 4 ER, 6R; Strathmore - Anita Martinez, 5.0 IP, 5K, 2H, 14W, 2 ER, 14R; Taylor Alkire - 2.0 IP, 1K, 6W, 6R, 2 ER.
Top Hitters: Granite Hills - MaryAngel Banuelos, 3-4, 2 RBIs, Illiana Castillo, 1-2, 3B, 3 RBIs, 4W, Kat Carrillo, 2-5, 2B, 3B, RBI; Strathmore - Ally Holloway, 2-4, RBI; Taylor Alkire, 1-4, 2B; Anita Martinez, 2-4, 2R, RBI; Rylee Sullins, 2-3, 1R, RBI
Posted: Friday, April 3, 2015 6:00 am
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