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DOWNEY – On Tuesday, the Calvary Chapel ladies softball team hung on to notch their ninth win in row with a 14-10 victory over the Marshall Eagles.
In front of their home crowd, the Lady Grizzles (11-7-1) jumped out to a 10-1 lead at the end of four innings. Calvary’s big offensive explosion came in the second when they homered three times.
Juniors Marissa Kraft (1st HR of high school career) and Sidney Colenzo went back-to-back and Larissa Petakoff hit a 2-run shot later in the inning. Colenzo hit a second HR later in the game and finished 4-4 with four RBIs and five runs scored.
Her battery mate, pitcher Jasmyn Cortez, was also 4-4 at the plate, but it was her pitching that secured the Grizzlies’ victory.
Cortez cruised through the first four innings allowing only one run. However, in the fifth inning the visiting Eagles jumped on a couple of change-ups Cortez left over the plate and capitalized on some Calvary errors to score five runs and cut the deficit to 14-6.
The sixth inning saw the lead shrink to 14-10, but Coach Tom Osburn stayed with his ace the rest of the way and she delivered. Cortez struck out seven batters over the final two innings to finish with 11 K’s and hand the Eagles (13-2) only their second loss of the year.
The Lady Grizzlies took their current winning streak on the road to play Paraclete High School in Lancaster on April 19 (score not available at press time).
The Grizzlies have two home games remaining: April 27 & May 5 (senior day).
Published: April 19, 2012 – Volume 11 – Issue 01