Aly Gomonet has hit a game-winner in a softball contest before. Well, sort of. That game winner allowed the Notre Dame High softball team to prevail via the mercy rule.
Tuesday’s game-winning hit was much more dramatic.
Gomonet’s fourth hit of the day sent the Spirits fans happy as Notre Dame won 7-6 over Hollister in a Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division contest.
She came up with one out in the eighth inning and Marisa Given on first base. She smacked the ball deep to left field, and the crowd roared as everyone was running.
Given raced home with the winning run to end the game. Gomonet kept on running around third and slid home head first. The rest of the Notre Dame squad picked her up to begin the celebration.
“It’s really big,” Gomonet said of the win. “We fought back. It was incredible.”
Hollister’s league winning streak ended at 22 games as it dropped to 8-1 in the division. The last team to defeat Hollister in league play was Notre Dame back on May 3, 2012.
The Spirits found a way to do the same on Tuesday.
Notre Dame led 4-2 going into the top of the third when Hollister’s Callee Heen destroyed a ball to left-centerfield for a triple, bringing in Tina Ramirez. After Suzy Brookshire walked, the two runners went for a double steal, and it worked, as Heen came home safely to tie the game at 4-4.
The Spirits answered back. Brittany Plascencia reached on a fielder’s choice, took second on a grounder and then went to third on a wild pitch with Spencer Hyosaka batting. Hyosaka then hit a grounder that the Hollister shortstop bobbled, and everyone was safe. Plascencia came home to give Notre Dame a 5-4 lead.
In the fourth inning, Sarah Muzik singled and stole second. She went to third when Monica Alvarez-Carona hit a single, and she then scored on a single by Gomonet.
It looked like that was going to be enough, as pitcher Elizabeth Ray kept Hollister off the board.
Hollister, the defending division champions, found a way to answer at the last possible moment.
The Haybalers’ first two runners reached base and then went to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Heen, who smashed a ball for a two-run home run in the first inning, received an intentional walk to load the bases. After a flyball to left, it was up to Newman to keep the Haybalers alive.
Newman fouled off several two-strike pitches before hitting a soft grounder to right field for a single, bringing in two runs and tying the game at 6-6.
Notre Dame went up in the bottom of the seventh stunned at what happened just a few moments ago. But their doubts turned to optimism when Plascencia started the half inning by getting hit with a pitch. Lauren Pullara sacrificed her over. After a grounder, Emily Nguyen singled Plascencia to third. That, aside from an intentional walk, ended up being the extent of Notre Dame’s threat, although a foul ball was just wide by about a foot.
Hollister only had a single in the eighth, leaving Notre Dame another chance to win it in the bottom of the eighth. Given singled, and Gomonet finished the contest.
Notre Dame sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second. The bases were loaded with no outs when Pullara hit a ball well deep into left field for a triple, giving the Spirits a 3-2 lead. Hyosaka then singled in Pullara for a 4-2 Notre Dame advantage.
Ray had nine strikeouts as the winning pitcher. Muzik had three hits.
Much like what Notre Dame had to deal with the previous few days, Hollister will have to sit on the loss for a bit. The Haybalers will return to action in six days at Gilroy against Christopher.
Notre Dame travels to North Salinas on Thursday for its final regular season road contest.
—Santa Catalina 12, King City 2: At Santa Catalina, Tatum Satow struck out five and held the Mustangs to three hits in a game called after five innings by the mercy rule.
Satow also had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs.
Marissa Bruno had a pair of doubles and knocked in two runs, Rene Kausin had two hits and scored three times and Vanessa Furman had two hits.
Santa Catalina, 7-2 in the MTAL, visits Pacific Grove on Thursday.
—Christopher 10, Seaside 3: At Seaside, K.K. Hernandez drove in two runs for the Spartans with a double.
Seaside, 0-11 in league and 6-20 overall, hosts Salinas on Thursday.
–Gonzales 9, Pacific Grove 2: At Gonzales, Natalie Basaldua was the winning pitcher while also collecting four hits and driving in a pair of runs for the Spartans, who kept their postseason hopes alive.
Melissa Mendez had three hits, Juliana Valdez had three hits, including a two-run double, and Rachel Jackson added an RBI triple.
—Marina 8, Greenfield 4: At Marina, Jessie Holback had two hits, including a home run to help the Mariners top the Bruins.
Also for Marina, Jenna Rondez had three hits, Mollie Calvillo had three hits and scored three runs while Summer Maras and Erika Felizardo had two hits apiece.
For Greenfield, Dallana Pantoya and Ivonne Pantoya had two hits each, Vanessa Flores socked a triple and Claire Serrano doubled.
–Stevenson 6, Carmel 0: At Stevenson, Jensen Main threw a 1-hitter as the Pirates blanked the Padres.
Main finished with seven strikeouts. At the plate, she hit a home run in the sixth inning.
Puava Tulau hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Dominique Seva’aetasi was 2-for-2 and scored two runs.
Stevenson plays Gonzales on Thursday.
–Salinas 9, Christopher 1: At Hartnell College, the Cowboys moved into a tie for third in the MBL Gabilan behind Ross Scarr’s four-hitter.
Salinas and Christopher are both 8-7. The Cowboys can move into second with a win Thursday at Monterey.
Jon Santos delivered a two-run single in the second inning. Salinas broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning. Zach McDemott singled in one run and two more came home on a wild pitch.
Ethan Santos had a pair of doubles, Justin Flores had three hits and Jon Santos drove in three runs as Salinas upped its overall record to 12-120.