SAN DIEGO (2-25-20) – Despite a shaky second inning the Patrick Henry Patriots were able to pull out the victory behind 10 hits on the day.
The Patriots started off in the bottom of the first inning when both Kaiah Altmeyer (3-3, 2R, 2 RBI, SB, HR) and Jessica Dewitt (1-3) hit back-to-back singles, Altmeyer stole third and scored when Dez Patmon (2-3, R, RBI, 2B) with one out singled. The next batter Edie Guthrie (1-3, RBI, 2B) would extend the lead when she roped a double scoring both Lauren Nett (RUN) and Patmon to make it 3-0.
Leading 3-0 the Patriots had things going until with one out Amaya Esparza (RUN) walked, Brooke Bertussi (1-2, R) walked, Esparza advanced to third on a wild pitch and Chloe Knepp drew a walk to load the bases. Now with momentum, freshman Jenna Haynal (1-2, 2B, 3 RBI) came up and smacked a bases-clearing two-out double to tie the game 3-3.
The momentum for the Eagles was short-lived as Altmeyer once again did damage in the bottom of the second inning as she hammered a shot over the right-field fence for a solo home run to retake the lead 4-3.
Granite thought they had a little momentum in the top of the third inning as Staci Chambers (1-3, 2B) with two outs roped a double but Shayleen Chapman (2-3, RBI, 2 SB) was able to get out of the inning.
An RBI single by Sydney Newton (1-2, R, RBI) scoring Chapman and later another base hit by Altmeyer scoring Newton in the bottom of the third extended the lead to 6-3.
Granite Hills was able to again gather a little momentum in the top of the fourth as Bertussi led off with a single, she advanced to third base on a one-out base hit by Paige Baird and would come into score on a passed ball to cut the Patriots lead to 6-4.
However, once again Chapman was able to get out of the inning without any further damage and preserve the two-run lead.
The Eagles would only manage a single by Haley Johnson (1-3) in the top of the fifth inning as Chapman struck out 6 of the final 7 batters she faced.
Starting for the Eagles was Taylor Rose who only lasted 1/3 of an inning in which she gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, Staci Chambers would come into the game and toss 4.2 innings and would take the loss in which she gave up 3 runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 7.
On the other side for the Patriots, Shayleen Chapman picked up the complete-game victory going 6 innings in which she gave up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 and fanning 10 on the day.