Girls beat softball foe Westview, end CIF with loss to San Marcos

KK Melgoza watches the ball sail over the fence. Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino
KK Melgoza watches the ball sail over the fence. Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino

By Bill Tamburrino

Coach Antoinette Rodriguez again led her team deep into the Division II CIF softball playoffs. The Lady Dawgs advanced to semifinal doubleheader round at Poway Sports Park before being eliminated.

They finished the campaign with a 19-10-1 record.

To get to the Poway Sports Park, Ramona beat Palomar League foe Westview High School 8-7 at home in a 10-inning game that was as exhausting to watch as it was to play.

It was the third time the two teams met. Ramona beat the Wolverines (18-13) 10-0 in the first meeting and then beat the much improved team 3-2 in the second game of league play.

Westview scored an unearned run in the first inning and led 3-0 after two and a half innings. Ramona’s defense had its worst game of the season as players committed seven errors and gave up four unearned runs, but the Lady Dawgs refused to quit.

With one out in the bottom of the third, Ramona tied the game when Christina Barrameda singled, KK Melgoza reached on an error, and Kailey Hill received the second of her four walks in the game. Amber Davis received a base on balls for an RBI, and Adriana Johnson then ripped a two run single.

Ramona scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead. With one out, the Wolverines pitched to Hill and the sophomore stroked a base hit. Davis followed with a single. With two down, senior Kim Whelehon came through in the clutch with a two-run double.

Ramona then gave up two unearned runs in the sixth inning to tie the game.

It appeared that the Lady Dawgs had won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Julie Ward hit what appeared to be a bases loaded single that scored Johnson. However, the base umpire ruled that base runner, Whelehon, committed obstruction on the play and that was ruled the third out of the inning.

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KK Melgoza's teammates greet her at home plate. Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino

Westview scored another unearned run in the eighth inning to take a 7-6 lead. With two out and two strikes in the bottom of the eighth inning, Ramona’s season appeared to be over, but nobody told senior centerfielder KK Melgoza that it was time to quit. With two strikes, Melgoza delivered the first home run of her RHS softball career over the centerfield fence to tie the game at seven and change the game’s momentum.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Jazmin Simone led off the frame with a single. Barrameda sacrificed her to second base. With two out, Westview elected not to pitch to Hill and issued her a walk.

Davis then delivered in the clutch. The diminutive sophomore stroked a line drive to deep right field. The Westview right-fielder sprinted for the ball and managed to get her glove on the ball, but she could not make the catch, and when the dust cleared Simone and Hill had scored and Davis ended with her second and third RBI of the game. More importantly Ramona had won the 8-7 marathon.

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