By Michael Ragovin
The Santa Fe Christian High School girls softball team came to La Jolla looking for an upset win over La Jolla Country Day School on April 18, 2013. Unfortunately, they were looking in the wrong place as the La Jolla Country Day Torreys hammered the Santa Fe Christian Eagles 11-1. It was a very close game until the bottom of the fifth, where it really got away from Santa Fe Christian.
An early batter at the top of the first sent a single up the middle, putting a runner on first. The next batter struck out and the runner on first stole second. The following batter singled to right and the runner from second scored the game’s first run. After one half inning of play, Country Day found themselves trailing 1-0.
In the bottom of the first the Torreys went quietly except for a walk to Jessica Lewis. At the end of one, the Eagles were still ahead 1-0.
Christie Campbell allowed a base on balls to start the bottom of second. The runner was erased trying to steal second. The other two outs came on a groundout to short and a grounder to the pitcher.
Kayla Magid grounded out to the shortstop to start the bottom half of the second. Katie Lamkin reached first on a base on balls. The catcher tried to pick Lamkin off and threw the ball into right field. Lamkin raced all the way to third. Jenna Anderson stepped to the plate and promptly singled, driving Lamkin home for Country Day’s first run. Kylie Benjamin walked, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Emily Springfield hit a hard line drive; unfortunately it was right at the pitcher for the third out. The Torreys tied the score at one apiece.
In the top of the third, Campbell got the Eagles on two strikeouts and a pop out. The bottom of the third started with Katie Lyle getting a base on balls. A walk to Campbell and a groundout to the third baseman put runners on second and third with two outs. The runners were left stranded when Lamkin struck out.
The first batter in the top of the fourth singled to center. There was pop up to the shortstop; a pop up to the pitcher and the runner on first was caught trying to steal second for out number three. The bottom of the fourth was uneventful except for Benjamin striking out, but reaching first when the catcher dropped the third strike. At the end of four the score was still knotted at one.
It was the bottom of the fifth where it all unraveled for the Eagles. Lewis led off with a single and went to second on an error by the second baseman.
Taylor Johnson singled and Lewis scored. Campbell drew a walk and Magid did the same and the bases were loaded. Lamkin hit a groundball to second, who threw home, however, the runner from third was safe and another run scored.
The second baseman could not handle a groundball from Anderson and another run scored, leaving the bases still loaded and no outs. Benjamin walked, driving in another run. Springfield drew still another walk and another run crossed the plate. Shortly thereafter Taylor Johnson hit a grand slam over the centerfield fence scoring three runners in front of her. Olivia Herbert hit a triple to left center and ultimately crossed the plate making the score 11-1 Country Day. That’s where the game ended. If after five innings one team is leading by ten runs or more the game is considered complete.
Campbell pitched a great game and her teammates did their job and scored some runs. CIF is right around the corner. More to come.