Womens Softball

Menlo splits DH, with Simposn

Date of competition: Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Menlo split a pair of one-run games with defending Cal Pac champion Simpson on Saturday afternoon at Wunderlich Field.

Consistent scoring in the later part of game one and excellent relief pitching helped the Lady Oaks to land their first conference win, a 9-8 decision.

In game two, Menlo threatened with bases loaded, trailing by one in the bottom of the second, but they were only unable to plate a runner and fell in 8-7. Menlo moves to 12-14 (1-1) on the season, Simpson is now 16-12 (2-2).

In game one, Menlo took the early lead in the bottom of the third when Casey Showalter reached on a one-out single. She eventually came around to score when Mary Hall stroked a pitch off the left-centerfield fence for an RBI double. The lead would not hold for long. In the top of the fourth, Simpson exploded for eight runs on six hits to take a commanding 8-1 lead.

Despite the deficit, the Lady Oaks continued to swing away and managed to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth.

Ululani Reyes drew a one-out walk to bring up Sara Pedretti who singled. With runners at first and second, Casey Showalter drew a walk to load the bases. Jordan Pascual pinch-ran for Pedretti and Hailey Taylor came on to pinch-run for Showatler. Reyes and Pascual came in to score on a two-run single off the bat of Emmeline Wang. Taylor eventually came in to score when Mary Hall hit a sacrifice fly to deep right-centerfield. At inning's end, Menlo trailed 8-4.

One of the major factors in the game one win was the pitching effort from Mikayela Viramontes, who entered the game in the top of the fifth and retired eight consecutive batters before allowing a base runner. This stellar performance held Simpson scoreless in the final three innings and allowed the Menlo offense an opportunity to claw their way back into contention.

Menlo Head Coach Michell Vlahos was thrilled with the pitching effort from Viramontes and her hitter's ability to chip away at the deficit.

"As a team, we had an amazing fight in us during that first game and I'm incredibly proud of them; especially Mikayela and our hitters. They never felt like they were out of the game," said Vlahos.

Menlo scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth when Kayal Cisneroz came in to score on a Jessica Soliai RBI single. With the score knotted at 8-5, the Lady Oaks relied on some late-inning dramatics to claim the victory.

Showalter led off the bottom of the sixth by depositing a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall to cut the lead to two runs. With two outs and trailing 8-6, Alyssa Holland singled to bring up Cisneroz. An error by Simpson second baseman Cherie DeJesus allowed the tying run aboard and Holland advanced to third.

Another error, this time a throwing error from Redhawks catcher Kara Wall, allowed Holland to score and Cisneroz to advance into scoring position.

Back-to-back RBI singles off the bats of Larson and Soliai plated the tying and go-ahead runs to give Menlo the 9-8 lead.

Viramontes worked a scoreless top of the seventh to claim the victory and give the Lady Oaks their first Cal Pac win of 2013.

posted by Rick on Mar 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

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