San Juan Hills softball loses quarterfinals battle with Crescenta Valley

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – – The San Juan Hills softball team saw its period pertained to an end Thursday when the Stallions lost to top-seeded Crescenta Valley 3-1 in the CIF-SS Department 3 playoffs.

The Stallions (17-8) finished in 3rd area in the South Shore League as well as won championship game against Water fountain Valley and also Patriot of Waterfront.

“We could not be extra happy of them,” San Juan Hills coach Kevin Holguin claimed. “We remained in the leading 10 in Division 3 all year long. We’ll be back. We simply didn’t offer them our best video game today.”

Crescenta Valley will play Diamond Cattle ranch in the semifinals Tuesday.

Phoebe Popplewell has been the Stallions’ ace in the circle all period as well as pitched well in her final high school video game. The senior allowed simply two earned runs over seven innings and also kept the Stallions in the video game.

“She’s a youngster that doesn’t obtain sufficient acknowledgment. We played in a difficult organization so she is pitching against challenging teams,” Holguin said. “She’s been nails for us. I inform the ladies three runs wins a great deal of games for us since Phoebe’s PERIOD is going to be under 2.”

Popplewell was outdueled by Crescenta Valley bottle Dee Hernandez that has actually additionally pitched for the Mexican Junior National Team. The student lefty struck out seven in a complete-game initiative as well as permitted simply five hits.

San Juan Hills had Hernandez in difficulty a few times however stranded five runners in scoring placement.

“I really did not believe it was her doing anything unique. We understood what the strategy protested her, which we in fact were respectable against,” Holguin stated. “She was tossing excellent pitches actually early in the matter and also we didn’t capitalize. Once we took those early pitches, then you need to swing at her pitches. That’s when she is truly great.”

The Stallions scored their single run in the third inning. Malaika Jakana reached base on a mistake with 2 outs. Jakana swiped keystone and also scored using a dual by Angelica Gonzalez to provide San Juan Hills a 1-0 lead.

Crescenta Valley (25-5-1) connected the score in the 4th inning. Stephanie Wichman pinch hit and linked for a run-scoring double that made it 1-1.

In the 5th inning, the Falcons took the lead permanently. Alyssa Hernandez struck a single as well as advanced to second on a throwing error by the Stallions. Hernandez racked up on a solitary by Maddie De Leon to place Crescenta Valley ahead 2-1.

Crescenta Valley added a run in the 7th inning with a run-scoring double by De Leon.

Hernandez obtained 2 flyouts and also a strikeout to finish the game.

San Juan Hills got to the quarterfinals with a really young group. There are 16 gamers on the Stallions’ roster, and 12 of them are freshmen or students.

“We have 32 girls in the whole program and 3 senior citizens leaving today. Following year I’ll only have one senior,” Holguin said. “We are going to be filled, we are going to be stacked and we’ll be back.”

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