Ramona High School’s softball team continued pre-league tournament action, finishing play in the North County Tournament and continuing action in the Falcon Fiesta.
Ramona beat Rancho Buena Vista and lost to La Costa Canyon in the tournament and also suffered a loss to La Costa in a Falcon Fiesta game.
Ally Harvey pitched five strong innings and then Ramona used the long ball to beat Rancho Buena Vista High School 5-4 in extra innings in a North County Tournament game.
Harvey had her best outing of the season, going five innings while giving up one unearned run on three hits. She fanned three Lady Longhorns.
Kellsie Domnitz finished in the circle and picked up the win. She pitched three innings and gave up two runs on five hits and fanned two. She also contributed to the offense by blasting a two-run home run in the seventh inning.
Lexi Slater had a big day at the plate. The junior shortstop hit two home runs. Slater tied the game in the sixth inning with a solo shot and hit a game winning two-run homer in the eighth inning. Julie Ward had two hits in three trips to the plate and Courtney Fick’s bat remained hot as she went 1-for-3.
Ramona then lost to La Costa Canyon in back-to-back games. The Lady Dawgs lost 4-0 in the first game as the Mavericks held Ramona to three hits. KK Melgoza, Slater and Tory Roberts were the only Dawgs to hit safely in the game.
Domnitz pitched well, holding LCC to one earned run in seven innings as she scattered five hits and fanned five.
La Costa ripped 18 hits in a five inning game shortened by the Mercy Rule on the Lady Dawgs’ home diamond. The final score was 15-2.
Fick blasted a two-run homer over the left centerfield fence in the third inning. The Southern Utah-bound senior catcher went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and threw out one La Costa runner attempting a steal.
Lexi Slater’s bat continued to sizzle as she went 2-for-3. Kim Whelehon and Kassandra Toll also contributed hits to the Ramona offense.
The Lady Bulldogs entered the season as a young team. With only two seniors starting in the field due to injuries to Allie Ferguson and Hillary Roloff and with no senior pitchers, they used the pre-league games to get their younger players experience at the varsity level and to get them ready for Valley League action. The team played a demanding schedule, competing against the top teams in the CIF in three prestigious tournaments.
The team has a week off for Spring Break and will be doing battle in the Valley League for the next five weeks as Ramona competes for a berth in the CIF playoffs.