BY ADAM PAUL
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FALCON FIESTA TOURNAMENT
PATRICK HENRY 9, WEST HILLS 0
Originally scheduled for a couple of weeks ago but was called before it could be started due to heavy rains the contest between these two Division II foes was finally able to be played out in Santee on Monday afternoon.
The Patriots (10-2) came into the contest ranked as the top team in Division II while the Wolf Pack (4-11) came into the game in the thirteen spot according to the MaxPreps rankings which is the rankings that will determine playoff seeding instead of the power rankings system that has been in place the last few years.
Besides stellar pitching on the day the Patriots were able to score their runs early which set the tone for the game.
Early on Patrick Henry took a 1-0 lead when Jessica Dewitt scored on a miscue, a couple of batters later Dezianna Patmon (2-3, R, RBI, 2 2B) roped a double which brought home Olivia Gigante (2-2, 2R, 2 RBI) to make it 2-0.
West Hills in the bottom of the first inning would put a couple of runners on as Shannon Kim reached on an error and Sabrina Brown walked but Jenks was able to retire the next three batters to end the inning.
Patrick Henry in the top of the second inning behind multiple hits including four singles and an extra-base hit scored three more runs to take a 6-0 lead.
The runs would come courtesy of a single by Gigante scoring Chloe Wilson (2R), a lined single to left by Edie Guthrie (1-1, RBI) brought home Laila Spracklen (2-2, 2R) and Lauren Nett (1-3, RBI, 2B) roped a double that scored Gigante.
With a six-run lead in the top of the third inning, the Patriots were not done as Kaiah Altmeyer (1-4, 2 RBI, 3B) added two more with a triple to right field scoring both Wilson and Spracklen.
West Hills finally was able to get their first hit on the day in the bottom of the fourth as Alyssa Borbolla (1-2, 2B) led off with a double, she wouldn’t advance any further in the inning.
A lead double by Patmon in the top of the fifth inning would eventually lead to the final run when Altmeyer reached on an error allowing Patmon to come into score.
Jenks was able to retire the Wolf Pack in order in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game.
She picked up the victory going the full 5 innings in which she gave up 1 hit and struck out 8.
On the other side for the Pack, Kimie Brouard went 5 innings giving up 9 runs on 12 hits while striking out 3.