(West Covina) – For the second time in a week, Bonita faced off against Charter Oak. It took all seven innings to decide the winner with the Bearcats coming up with Charger Classic trophy for first with a thrilling 3-1 win.
A pitcher’s duel between Bonita’s freshman Anissa Sanchez and Charger senior Cassie Andrews had moments of jaw dropping defense and timely pitching to keep each team in it.
Breanna Sandoval’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh became the game-winning blast for the Bearcats. Sandoval ended the day recording all three RBI’s for Bonita.
Sandoval took a 0-1 pitch to deep to left field with Courtney Gano on third to break a 1-1 deadlock.
The Bearcats struck first in the top of the third by loading the bases with no outs. Liza Liddell began the inning off with a single. Gano and Jazzlyn Costa each worked their way on with base on balls. Sandoval came up with a pop fly to left that scored Liddell from third.
Charter Oak fought back with a run of its own in the fifth inning with a timely hitting. Raeleen Tellez singled with one-out. Samantha Valadez came in to pinch-hit for Kayla Papez and doubled into the gap in right-center field to score Tellez to tie the game at one.
Each team had opportunities to break the tie or extend the lead.
Prior to the Chargers scoring on its bottom half of the fifth, Bonita squandered a shot at breaking the game open. Liddell continued to be a catalyst with a bunt-single. Costa also singled with one out and Sandoval walked to load the bases. Corina Liscano popped up with the bases loaded and Kate O’Malley’s hot shot to third was gobbled up nicely by Brooke Clementson to end the threat.
Charter Oak may lament the opening inning as they loaded the bases with two outs after walked Andrews. Monique Villasenor flied to center to end the inning to keep the score tied at zero.
The best play of the game came from Gano in the bottom of the sixth as Villasenor’s shot up the middle looked to be headed to the outfield. Gano dove to her right, made the grab and threw out a dejected Villasenor.
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