The North Monterey County High softball team used the long ball to defeat Monterey 11-9 in eight innings on Friday in a battle for first place in the Monterey Bay League Pacific Division.
With the win, North Monterey County improved to 4-0 in the division and 10-7 overall. Monterey dropped to 4-1 in the division, 9-5 overall.
Both teams finished with 15 hits, but it was the two-run home run by Demelza Perez in the eighth inning that gave the Condors the lead for good.
Amber Duplissie scored on Perez’s home run.
Duplissie, a freshman, hit three home runs in the Condors’ win, going 5-for-5 overall with five RBIs. Cori Key went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, and Janelle Godfrey finished 2-for-3.
North Monterey County rallied several times in the game and used a six-run sixth inning to get within striking distance. It then scored two runs in the seventh to force extra innings.
The Condors next play at Alisal on Monday.
Pacific Grove 5, Gonzales 1: At Pacific Grove, the Breakers scored two in the first and built on the lead in defeating the Spartans.
Pacific Grove only had three hits, but one was a Dylan Chesney infield single in the first that scored a run. A passed ball moments later gave the Breakers a 2-0 lead.
Garrett Russell hit a double, and Anthony Coppola went 2-for-3. Luke Lowell was the winning pitcher.
The win was Pacific Grove’s 30th Mission Trail Athletic League victory in a row as the squad improved to 10-2 overall and 9-0 in league play.
The two teams play each other again Tuesday at Gonzales.
King City 1, Stevenson 0: At Stevenson, the Mustangs won their third in a row, getting a run in the second to stop the Pirates.
King City used a walk, a wild pitch and a single to score the lone run of the game.
Jordan Silva was the winning pitcher. At the plate, he went 2-for-3 for King City (7-7, 2-6 MTAL).
Galen Manhard was the losing pitcher for Stevenson (7-6, 4-5 MTAL) despite striking out 10.
The second game of the series is Tuesday at King City.
North Monterey County 14, Pajaro Valley 0: At Watsonville, the Condors put the vice on the Grizzlies to move one step closer to .500 on the season.
With the win, the Condors improved to 5-6 in the MBL Pacific Division and 8-9 overall. They have won five in a row.
Jordan Graves finished 2-for-4 and scored a run, Brock Bueno went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs scored, Jon Vargas was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and McCormick McClellan was 2-for-2, scoring twice while tallying one RBI.
Jakob Lopez was the winning pitcher, striking out nine and scattering six hits.
North Monterey County travels to Alisal on Tuesday.
Carmel 6, Soledad 5: At Carmel, Andreas Enriquez’s RBI single in the sixth inning to bring in Kenny Nava proved to be the difference.
Nava doubled ahead of Enriquez’s game-winner.
Both teams scored five runs in the third inning. Robbie Treadwell was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Carmel (9-5, 7-2 MTAL)
Soledad’s Daniel Farfan went 3-for-4.
Carmel plays host to Pacheco of Los Banos today before finishing its two-game series with Soledad on Tuesday.
Gilroy 5, Hollister 3: At Gilroy, the Haybalers lost their first divisional game as the Mustangs shook off multiple Haybaler threats throughout the contest.
Hollister (14-3, 12-1 MBL Gabilan) left 17 runners on base.
Tony Amaral went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, while Dylan Yamasaki and Zach Moller each had one hit for Hollister.
The Haybalers will have a week off before playing Overfelt at PAL Stadium in San Jose.
Palma 6, Christopher 3: At Palma, the Chieftains fended off the Cougars to get the Gabilan Division win.
Jack Koster was the winning pitcher in relief, not allowing a hit in the final two innings pitched.
Alex Ellison batted 2-for-3, and Matt Smith was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
Salinas 5, Monte Vista Christian 4: At Salinas, the Cowboys got a run in the sixth to win their second in a row.
The Cowboys are 5-1 since March 28 and improved to 10-9 overall, 8-6 in the Gabilan Division. This is the first time this season Salinas has a winning overall record.
Bruce Leighton was 2-for-2, and the run he scored in the sixth was the difference. In the sixth, he reached on a single and stole second. Jon Santos sacrificed him to third, and Zach McDermott hit a single to right field to bring in Leighton.
Santos, McDermott, Cole Mallett and Josh Olivarria each had an RBI.
Justin Flores was the winning pitcher, going the final three innings without allowing a hit. He struck out three and walked two.
Salinas next plays in the Fresno Tournament on Monday, with its first-round opponent being Madera South.
Watsonville 10, Seaside 6: At Seaside, the Wildcatz became the first team to win 10 Pacific Division games this year by defeating the Spartans.
Watsonville improved to 10-2 in the division and 12-4 overall.
Chris Rivera was the winning pitcher for the Wildcatz. He also went 3-for-4 at the plate.
For Seaside, Marcus Dorn Jr. was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, Ethan Bledsoe was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Tui Tulau hit a double and compiled three RBIs.
Seaside plays host to Dos Palos in a doubleheader on Wednesday.
North Salinas 5, Alisal 0: At Alisal, Justyn Gutierrez pitched a two-hitter as the Vikings defeated the Trojans.
Alisal had a runner in scoring position trying to avoid a second consecutive shutout but couldn’t get the runner home.
North Salinas improved to 8-1 in the MBL Pacific Division and 8-4 overall.
The Vikings next play in the Fresno Easter Classic on Monday against Yosemite of Oakhurst. Alisal next plays North Monterey County on Tuesday.
Hollister 133, Notre Dame 48: At Notre Dame, the Haybalers defeated the Spirits in a league contest.
Jessica Dy won both the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Allison Gomez (200-yard freestyle), Malia Bumanlag (200-yard intermediate, 100-yard butterfly) and Ashlee Morales (50-yard freestyle) all earned third place in their events.
Carmel 119, King City 26; Carmel 133, Trinity Christian 22: At Carmel, the Padres picked up two wins in the three-team MTAL meet.
200M relay: Carmel 2:00.82; 200FS: Kim (C) 1:49.77; 200IM: Kripe (TC) 2:05.02; 50FS: Kripe (TC) 24.6; 100F: Franklin (C) 58.41; 100FS: Luch (C) 58.68; 500FS: Cleri (TC) 5:14.33; 200FS relay: Carmel 1:40.81; 100Ba: Buzza (C) 1:16.59; 100Br: Kim (C) 1:04.95; 400FS relay: Carmel 4:30.85.