Menlo 9, Antelope Valley 1
Date of competition: Thursday, March 21, 2019
By Ryan Barnett/Menlo Athletics
The Menlo College softball emphatically ended its longest losing streak of the season at four, sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Antelope Valley on Thursday and boosting its overall record to 11-18 while the Pioneers fall to 7-10.
Game One: Reyes dominates
Menlo College's Swiss army knife Sarah Reyes did a little bit of everything in game one, a 9-1 victory. Reyes was the starting pitcher as well as the cleanup hitter. She got things going by retiring the Pioneers in order in the top half of the first, including a pair of comebackers.
With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, she blasted a ball over the left-center field fence for her 10th home run of the season, putting the Oaks on top 2-0. Reyes also singled in the third inning and come around to score on a two-RBI single from Regina Juarez.
Back on the mound, Reyes was equally impressive picking up her fifth victory of the year. She allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out one.
Mouat's 'Perfect Game'
Freshman Wendy Mouat has been a solid bat in the lineup all season and she showed it again Thursday by going 3 for 3 with a double, a run scored, and a couple of RBIs. She doubled to open the second inning and came around to score on a Katelyn Magana RBI single. An inning later, with the bases loaded, Mouat delivered a RBI single, scoring McKenna Weiler. In the fifth, Mouat came up following a Morgan Zimmerman triple, and singled Zimmerman home to end the game via the mercy rule.
The Big Inning
Through two and a half innings, the Oaks led by a respectable 4-1 margin.
That all changed when the Oaks came up to bat in the bottom of the third. With one out, Weiler drew a walk and was singled to second by Reyes. Morgan Zimmerman reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Following Mouat's single, Regina Juarez delivered a two-run single to push the Oaks lead to 7-1. With two outs, Taylor Railey laced a single to left field. The ball was bobbled, allowing Juarez to score. The Oaks sent nine batters to the plate, scoring four of them on four hits.
Game Two: Striking early
After giving up a run in the top of the first, the Oaks rebounded in a big way.
Ari Belarde and Weiler started it off with back to back walks. Nohea Hee reached on a fielder's choice, erasing Belarde at third. Reyes then continued her hot hitting, tripling in both runners. Mouat followed with a single to put Menlo ahead to stay. The Oaks continued to add to their lead in the second, sparked by Railey's one-out triple to left center. Belarde and Hee each followed with a run-scoring double.
The combination of Victoria Cervantes and Maddie Plazola in the circle were absolutely deadly for Pioneer baserunners. Antelope Valley produced nine hits but stranded nine runners. Four times, the Oaks pitchers stranded two runners and five times stranded runners in scoring position. This ability to work out of trouble allowed the Oaks to control the game.
The Oaks are back in action at home Friday against GSAC foe San Diego Christian. The Hawks are 9-16 on the season with a 1-7 conference record. The Oaks went 4-0 vs San Diego Christian a season ago. First pitch is set for 11 am.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Mar 21, 2019 at 10:58 pm
Sarah Reyes contributed in several ways for Menlo. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.
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