By Bill Tamburrino
The Bulldog girls softball team came back from spring break rested and pounded three opponents to improve their record to 12-8.
All three games were shortened by the mercy rule.
The Ramona High girls beat Valley League foes Mission Vista and Orange Glen to remain undefeated in Valley League action with a 4-0 record. Ramona also beat Steele Canyon in a non-league tilt.
“I am very happy that we did not play down to the caliber of our opponents,” said coach Cori McDonald. “We played our game on offense and defense. That is important because we play the other two teams that will compete for the league title next week, Valley Center and Del Norte. Again, our leadership and team-first attitude came through for us.”
Against Steele Canyon, Kailey Hill led Ramona to a 13-2 home win. The University of San Diego-bound senior pitched a complete game and only allowed one earned run and limited Steele Canyon to two hits as she struck out five in a game that was stopped after five innings. Hill also had a good day with her bat as she went 3-for-4, hit two home runs and drove in six runs.
Heather Celaya had a 1-for-2 outing and drove in two runs. Amber Davis, Hayley Brinker, Jonna Rodriguez and Jordyn Fick all had RBI singles. Hanah Bowen went 1-for-2 and scored two runs.
The trip to Mission Vista was rewarded with a 14-0 league win in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Bowen pitched a one-hit shutout and struck out struck out 11 Timberwolves. Bowen also went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI triple and a run scored.
Hill had another all-CIF performance at the plate as she went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, four RBIs and two runs scored.
Brinker also had a 3-for-4 outing with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and three runs scored. Fick had an RBI triple. Christina Barrameda, Rodriguez and Ashley Pitman all stroked singles in the game.
The Lady Dawgs finished the week at home with a 13-0 win over league foe Orange Glen.
Hill went the distance in the five-inning game and gave up two hits as she struck out eight Patriots. Hill hit her fourth home run of the week to spark the offense.
Senior designated hitter, Bre Hirsh, also contributed a solo home run to the offensive barrage. Bowen had a three- hit outing. Barrameda and Fick contributed two hits apiece. Brinker had an RBI single and Celaya had an RBI double.