Carmel High’s softball team got its revenge on Gonzales High from a loss earlier this season. In doing so, the ladies in red got a crucial win in the race for the top spot in the Mission Trail Athletic League standings.
Carmel’s 10-1 win on Tuesday boosted the team’s record to 13-6 overall and 6-3 in the MTAL.
Gonzales, which has been at or near the top of the league for most of the season, dropped to 5-3 in league and is now looking up at several teams.
The last time the two teams met, Gonzales left its mark all over Carmel Middle School, peppering the Padres for 12 runs on 13 hits.
The Padres did not let that happen again, as they silenced Gonzales’ bats while striking early.
Carmel tallied six runs in a second inning in which 10 batters saw a pitch.
Danielle Caoili started the inning with a single. Brooke Vierra bunted for a single, with Caoili speeding to third. Quinn Bernal then hit a grounder, and a Gonzales defender decided to challenge Caoili, who was speeding home. The Carmel runner made it standing up, as everyone was safe.
Alexandra Franklin then destroyed a ball for a double, bringing in bernal and Vierra to give Carmel a 4-0 lead.
Angie Savoldi (infield single) and Lauren Savalti (fielder’s choice) kept the basepaths busy, and they, including Franklin, came around to score to give Carmel a 7-0 lead.
Bernal made the advantage stick.
She allowed a run with two outs in the third inning but then promptly retired 10 in a row after that. She finished with seven strikeouts for the game.
Carmel added to its lead in the sixth and the seventh. Franklin hit an infield single and then scored on a double by Savalti. After going to third on a sacrifice fly, Savalti came home on a bad pitch to give Carmel a 9-1 lead.
In the seventh, Vierra beat out a grounder and eventually scored when Franklin hit a single.
Gonzales’ first big threat came in the first inning. Marley Morlet hit a single, and Katrina Diaz hit a single. Cleanup batter Natalie Basaldua got hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. However, back-to-back strikeouts ended Gonzales’ attempt to score.
In the third, the Spartans tallied their lone run of the game. With two outs, Diaz hit a single and took second on a passed ball. Basaldua hit a single to centerfield to bring in Diaz.
Diaz finished with two hits.
Juliena Valdez hit a double in the seventh for the Spartans.
Carmel will have a week off before it gets back into the MTAL grind. The Padres will head to Pebble Beach to face league leading Stevenson.
Gonzales’ tough road is not done quite yet. The Spartans will try to go for another season sweep on Thursday when it travels to Santa Catalina for its final road game of the regular season.
Santa Catalina 6, Stevenson 4: At Stevenson, the defending MTAL champion Cougars continued their surge back to the top, defeating the Pirates.
Santa Catalina never trailed, going up 2-0 right away. It was 4-4 going into the top of the sixth when the Cougars got a run to take the lead for good. The visitors then added another run in the seventh.
With the win, Santa Catalina improved to 5-2 in the MTAL and 10-4 overall. They have won five league games in a row after starting 0-2.
Vanessa Furman and Marissa Bruno each had a double and two singles. Tatumn Satow hit a two-run single, and Chase LeeHong had two RBIs. Satow was the winning pitcher.
Santa Catalina faces Gonzales, the last team to beat it in league play this season, on Thursday.
Notre Dame 10, Gilroy 3: At Gilroy, the Spirits stayed in second in the MBL Gabilan Division with the win over the Mustangs.
Aireal Rivera-Sakasegawa had four hits, Brittany Plascencia had three hits, and Sarah Muzik, Aly Gomonet and Spencer Hyosaka each had two hits.
Notre Dame (20-2, 7-1 MBL Gabilan), travels to the Salinas Sports Complex to play Salinas on Thursday.
Christopher 6, North Salinas 5: At North Salinas, the Vikings were unable to match the visiting Cougars in the team’s first game in two weeks.
Shayla Castaneda kept North Salinas close with a two-run home run in the second inning. She finished with two hits and three RBIs.
Serena Castaneda was 2-for-3, and Andreea Gaona was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
North Salinas travels to Veterans Park in Hollister to face the Haybalers on Thursday.
Trinity Christian 17, Greenfield 4: At CSUMB, the Warriors got the big win over the Bruins.
Alyssa Paquin finished 3-for-4 while Stephanie Machado, Alexandra Paquin and Savannah Freese each had two hits. Freese also had two RBIs.
Pacific Grove 10, Soledad 0: At Pacific Grove Muni, the Breakers used a five-run second inning to get by the Aztecs.
Victoria Harris was 3-for-3 with a double, three stolen bases and two RBIs. She also scored three times. Abby Burnell had two hits and an RBI, and Samantha Crowley had two hits and two RBIs.
Pacific Grove faces King City on Thursday.
MBL finals: The division and league championships for the singles and doubles division will be decided today after the preliminaries were held at Salinas and Alvarez.
In the Pacific Division, Monte Vista Christian’s Jayson Lee and Hollister’s Aaron Francis advanced to the final four of the tournament, which continues at 1 p.m. at Chamisal Tennis Club in Corral de Tierra.
Lee and Francis will join the two Gabilan Division singles players remaining to decide the league title.
Two Hollister doubles teams will be the two Pacific Division representatives in the doubles final four.