Ramona softball coach praises team’s pitchers
By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona High School’s softball team enjoyed its best week of the season as the girls won three games without a loss after going one and one in a doubleheader to end last week’s marathon schedule.
The Lady Dawgs beat Vista and Westview in the North County Tournament and Valhalla in a non-league game. The girls improved their record to 7-7 as they enter their third tournament of the year, the Falcon Fiesta.
Ramona beat San Pasqual (2-7-1) 11-1 in a game shortened by the 10- run mercy rule in a 9 a.m. game at Cardiff Sports Park. The Bulldogs parlayed nine hits into 11 runs with the help of six San Pasqual errors.
Amber Davis and Ashley Pittman were the hitting stars. Davis had a 2-for-2 outing, and scored three runs. Pittman went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Julie Ward, Christina Barrameda, Alissa Hiener, Breanna Hirsh, and Kenzie Wright all contributed one hit each to the attack.
Ward and Kailey Hill shared the pitching duties. Ward went the final three innings and picked up the win.
Ramona lost the second game of a morning/afternoon doubleheader to Rancho Bernardo 4-2. The Broncos (9-2) limited Ramona to two hits. Davis and Barrameda both had singles in the game. Hill got the start and pitched three innings. She gave up two earned runs on three hits and fanned three. Hiener came in in relief and pitched two innings. She gave up one run on three hits.
Ramona beat Valhalla High School (4-2) on the road 3-1 as Ward turned in her best performance of the year in the circle. The senior went the distance and gave up one run in the first inning and limited Valhalla to five hits and struck out a season high eight.
After the leadoff batter scored for Valhalla, Ramona tied the score in the bottom of the frame. Hill singled with two out and Davis drew a base on balls. Ward helped her cause with an RBI single.
Ramona scored the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth when Davis led off with a single. Ward drew a walk. Hiener drove in Davis with a single and Wright drove in Ward with a base hit.
The Lady Dawgs beat Vista 10-2 on the road.
“Alissa Hiener really stepped up big time. She earned her first varsity win and pitched five shutout innings against a big school,” said coach Cori McDonald after the ninth- grader beat Vista High School on the road.
Hiener pitched five innings and did not surrender a run as she limited the Panthers to three hits. She did not walk a batter. Ward pitched the final two frames and gave up two runs on two hits as she fanned three.
Hill led the offense with a 4-for-4 outing that included a home run, a double and four RBIs. Simone, Barrameda, Ward, and Pittman all had two hit outings. Ward and Barrameda drove in two runs apiece. Davis and Heather Celaya also hit safely in the game.
The Bulldog girls finished the week with a 3-1 win over Westview High School in its second home game of the year.
Hill got the start and was in complete command as she went the distance and struck out 12 as she scattered three hits. The only run that she surrendered was a controversial unearned run in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Hill was called for a balk. She then retired the next two batters and retired the side in order in the seventh inning to end the game.
The Lady Dawgs got all the runs that they needed in the bottom of the first. With one out Hill drew a base on balls. Davis then hit a line shot over the centerfield fence for a home run. Ward then singled but was stranded on base to end the inning.
The Ramona team added a run in the second inning when Johnson drew a walk and stole second base. Simone then drove her in with a single.
“Winning three games in a week is big. But what impressed me the most was that three different pitchers pitched well and all three picked up a victory,” said a very pleased coach Robin Brainard. Brainard was referring to Hiener, Ward and Hill, all of whom got W’s last week.
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