North Salinas High’s girls softball team walked off a winner as Jordyn Enos beat a throw home to give the Vikings a 3-2 win over Stevenson on Tuesday afternoon at home.
North Salinas loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, and it was Enos who got it started with a double. She took third on a sacrifice bunt by Tobi Mendoza. Nicole Hermosillo and Alyssa Salazar each worked a walk to load the bases.
Kaitlyn Doyle came up and hit a grounder to the right side. The second baseman scooped up the ball and threw home, but Enos slid ahead of the throw.
“They just kept battling,” said North Salinas coach Greg Sims. “They reached down and they kept battling even when they were down.”
The win completed a comeback in which the Vikings trailed 2-0 to Stevenson after two innings. Hermosillo was the catalyst in rallying the home team.
With one out in the bottom of the third, Hermosillo destroyed a ball to centerfield and never stopped running, getting an inside-the-park home run standing up.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Hermosillo hit a single and then raced to second while the Stevenson infielders were resetting themselves. On the next pitch, Salazar singled to bring in Hermosillo to tie the game at 2-2.
Shayla Castaneda was the winning pitcher, going the distance while striking out four. She didn’t allow a Stevenson batter to reach second base after the third inning.
The Pirates found a way to get on the board twice in the first two innings.
In the first, freshmen Jensen Main hit a triple down the right-field line that stayed inches fair. That brought home Dani Simunsen to give Stevenson a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates kept it going in the second. Emily Schnider hit a grounder to left field. The North Salinas left fielder booted the ball, and Schnider sprinted all the way to third.
After a grounder kept Schnider at third, up stepped Angela Meng. She faced a two-strike count before fouling off a ball. She then hit a grounder to the right side that was just slow enough to bring in Schnider and increase Stevenson’s lead to 2-0.
The Vikings had chances in the first, getting multiple runners on base. Nothing materialized.
Stevenson coach Thomas Main said he liked how his team got ahead and threatened to get the win.
“We’re down in numbers, fighting some injuries this season. But this team (North Salinas) is a good team in a good league,” Main said.
North Salinas returns to action Thursday as it faces cross-town rival Salinas. Stevenson heads to Tracy on Friday for a weekend tournament.
Pacific Grove 14, Monte Vista Christian 0: At MVC, Breakers put the game away with a nine-run sixth inning to stay perfect on the season with a 13-0 record. It was also the 20th win in a row dating back to last season.
Wes Carswell pitched all six innings, holding the Mustangs (7-10) to three hits. He also had three hits and drove in three runs.
Conyal Cody homered and doubled and Dan Burschinger had two singles and a triple for Pacific Grove, which hosts North Salinas today at 4 p.m.
Palma 3, Alameda 2: Jack Ross hit a 3-run homer in the second inning for all the runs the Chieftains needed to win the game and improve to 11-2 overall.
Austin Wahl and Chuck Byers combined on an eight-hitter for Palma. Wahl went 5 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and two runs. Byers tossed two shutout innings of relief.
Hollister 2, Los Gatos 1: At Los Gatos, Conner Menez improved his record to 3-1 by throwing a complete-game three-hitter at Los Gatos.
Menez struck out six, picked off two runners and threw only 89 pitches as the Balers improved to 12-3 overall. Junior Rodriguez and Dylan Ymasaki knocked in the runs. Jacob Tonascia and Josh George had two hits each.
Gonzales 13, Anchorpoint 1: Andrew Morga threw a no-hitter as the Spartans upped their overall record to 5-8. Morga struck out 14 and walked one.
Raul Delgado and Adrian Morga had two hits each for Gonzales, which hosts Anzar on Thursday.
Hartnell 16, Chabot 1: At Chabot, the Panthers scored all their runs by the fourth inning in their win over the Gladiators.
On the mound Ashley Andrew (10-1) gave up three hits, one earned run and struck out eight. Also for Hartnell, Brandee Ho was 3-for-5, scored three runs and batted in two; Alyssa Seva’aetasi blasted a home run and had three RBIs, Cienna Smith hit a two-run homer, Amy Lamonska had two hits and Jessica Shipman doubled, scored two runs and drove in two.
The Panthers (28-5, 10-2) are currently are tied in the Coast Conference South Division with San Jose City College — whom they face on Tuesday in San Jose in a battle for first place — and Cabrillo College
CSUMB: The Otters swept Montana-St. Billings in a doubleheader at home to break the 20-win plateau this season.
CSUMB completed the sweep with a 6-1 win against Montana in the nightcap. The Otters scored two runs in the first and three in the second to break the game open.
Cori Reinhardt hit a single in the first inning, marking the 38th consecutive game in which she reached base. She finished 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Lauren Ermitano went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a walk. She singled in two runs in the second and doubled in Reinhardt in the fourth.
In the first game, Reinhardt pitched a four-hitter as CSUMB prevailed 5-1. Reinhardt had a no-hitter going, but a blooper by Aubrey Conceicao with one out in the sixth inning ended the bid.
Reinhardt also was a standout at the plate, pushing the Otters’ lead to 3-0 with a two-run single in the fifth inning. She later came home on a double steal.
Nikki Rodriguez had an RBI single in the fifth as well.
With the two wins, CSUMB improved to 21-16 on the season.