By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona High’s softball team opened the North County Tournament with a 3-0 victory over La Costa Canyon High School. The Lady Bulldogs got a dominating pitching effort from Kailey Hill and the Ladies from the Valley of the Sun stroked seven hits to post the victory.
Hill was in complete control as she limited the Mavericks to two singles. She struck out eight and issued only one walk.
Ramona scored all of the runs it would need in the second inning. Kenzie Wright ripped a one out single to left field and advanced to second on an infield out. Jazmin Simone moved Kenzie to third with the first of her two singles in the game.
Senior co-captain Kim Whelehon then delivered a two-run double to put Ramona on the scoreboard.
Hill added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run, her second of the season.
Senior co-captain KK Melgoza also contributed a double to the offense, and Julie Ward had a single. Ward made the play of the game by fielding a hard hit grounder and turning a possible hit into an inning ending out.