By Bill Tamburrino
“We are improving and hitting the ball well, said a happy coach, Antoinette Rodriguez. “Our pitching is doing well. We have to eliminate some mental and physical errors and we will be in the hunt for a playoff berth.”
Rodriguez had good reason to be happy. Her Lady Bulldogs had their best week of the season April 11-15, winning three games, their first Palomar League game and crushing the ball in those three victories. The team is now 9-10 overall and are 1-1 in league play.
Even though the score looks lopsided, the Lady Bulldogs had to come from behind two times to beat Oceanside Highs School 13-3 on their home diamond on April 11.
Oceanside (0-11) scored first in the second inning to take a one-run lead. Ramona answered with two runs.
Amber Davis led off the frame with a triple and scored on a throwing error. Kellsie Domnitz then lined a single to left field. Emily Vandervort reached on a fielder’s choice and Domnitz was safe at second.
With one out, Kim Whelehon then reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Lexi Slater drove in Vandervort.
Oceanside regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third. The Ramona bats then exploded and the Lady Dawgs scored five runs in the bottom of the third and six runs in the fifth inning. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Ramona’s hitters ripped 15 hits in the five innings of play as every player in the lineup recorded at least one hit. Davis did the most damage as the frosh third sacker went a stellar 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Cassie Ford, Whelehon, Julie Ward and Domnitz all had two hits apiece. Both of Ward’s hits were doubles.
Ford and Whelehon ripped two baggers. Kailey Hill, Slater, KK Melgoza and Vandervort joined the hit parade with singles.
Ward went the distance on the mound and got the win. She gave up three runs on six hits and struck out six Pirates.
Ramona’s bats continued to sizzle in a 7-0 Palomar League victory over Westview High School (6-5, 0-1) last Wednesday. The Lady Bulldogs ripped 13 hits and got shut out pitching and great hitting from Kailey Hill.
Hill went the distance and got the win. The freshman right hander limited Westview to five hits and struck out four as Ramona picked up its first Palomar League win.
Ford had the hottest bat in the rack. She went 4-for-4 and called a shutout from her position behind the plate.
Slater had her best game of the season. The Iowa State bound senior has been nursing an injured leg muscle but she seemed well against Westview. She went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Hill also turned in a 3-for-4 effort at the plate with three RBI.
Ward, Davis and Vandervort also contributed hits to the offensive barrage.
The Lady Bulldogs beat Serra High School (7-7) 12-0 in a game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule. Again the Lady Bulldog bats showed no mercy as the Ladies from the Valley of the Sun pounded out 14 hits.
Ford and Hill both turned in 3-for-3 plate performances. Ford drove in three runs. Slater and Domnitz both went 2-for-3. Slater drove it three runs and Domnitz drove in two runs. Whelehon, Melgoza, Davis and Vandervort also contributed hits in the rout.
Ward went the entire five innings and only gave up one hit, a single in the second inning. She struck out four.
Rancho Bernardo (10-7-1, 1-0) handed Ramona its first Palomar League loss by beating the Lady Dawgs 4-0. Whelehon and Domnitz were the only Lady Dawgs to hit safely in the game as Rancho Bernardo’s Sara white struck out ten Lady Dawgs.
Hill pitched well but four errors hurt her cause. Hill only gave up one earned run and struck out three.