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Griffins escape with a win

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EL CAJON — Talk about a close one!

The Grossmont College Griffin softball team defeated Imperial Valley in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game 12-11 on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Blime Macias had a great day in the offensive heavy game going 3 for 3 with a double and a triple. Nicole Obney was very efficient with her at bats going 1 for 4, but driving in three runs. Four Griffins (6-9, 2-2 PCAC) drove in a pair of runs each, including Macias.

Nicole Balinger was credited with the win throwing 5 1/3 innings over two different stints in the game.

In each of the first two innings the Griffins sent eight batters to the plate. Scoring four in the first and three in the second. Then the bats went quiet for a few innings.

The problem was that was when the Arabs (5-13, 1-3 PCAC) bats started to get cranking. GC scored four in the bottom of the sixth to take a 12-6 lead into the final inning. IVC was not done fighting as they scored five in the top of the seventh.

Grossmont will now head out on the road for six games, including a three-way at College of the Desert over the next three weeks. The team’s next home game will be on March 19 against Palomar College.

Hot start leads to a victory for Saddleback

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(2/19/2014) EL CAJON — The Griffins fell to the Gauchos 9-4 in a game played as firefighting helicopters swirled overhead battling a brush fire just to the east of campus.  Saddleback used a controversial two-run home run by Ana Quintanilla to gain the victory in non-conference action at Griffin Diamond on Monday.

The disputed homer came in the top of the sixth inning.  With Adrienne Goodban on first, Quintanilla drove a 2-1 fastball down the left field line.  The home plate umpire ruled it a home run and fans from both schools almost immediately got on him saying the ball was foul.  “Don’t know about the call, but we’ll take it” said Saddleback (8-3) head coach Nick Trani after the game.  The homerun was just the start of what would end up being a five run frame.  Those five runs turned what was a nip and tuck game into an easy victory for the Gauchos.

Gaucho pitching limited the Griffins (5-7) to ten baserunners on the day.  Four of the ten reached via hits, with Jennifer Schuff’s third inning RBI double being the only extra base hit for the Griffins.

The Griffins will continue PCAC action when they travel to San Marcos on Friday for a 3:00 pm first pitch.  Next Monday, Feb. 21, the Griffins will welcome in Santiago Canyon for another non-conference game.  The Monday contest is also scheduled for a 3:00 first pitch.


Griffins slay the Knights

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EL CAJON — The Griffins defeated San Diego City College 8-0 in a mercy-rule shortened, five innings on Friday on the Griffin diamond.

Grossmont (5-4, 2-1 PCAC) had seven of their nine starters reach base safely. When you combine that with Nicole Balinger’s (2-4) three-hit shutout, it usually creates a Griffin win.

Jennifer Schuff was once again the hitting star going 2-for-2, reaching base in all three of her plate appearances, scoring every time that she reached base. Offensive Player Nicole Obney was the beneficiary of Schuff’s expert use of the bat, as she gained her first two RBIs of the season.

Balinger went the distance allowing only the three hits to the Knights (1-7, 0-3 PCAC). In the complete game, Nicole allowed a walk and struck out five. Almost as impressive is that only four balls made it out of the infield.

The Griffins will travel to Walnut on Saturday (Feb. 15) for a pair of games. The first game will be against host Mt. San Antonio followed by a game against Glendale (CA). Grossmont will return to Griffin diamond on Monday for a non-conference matchup against Saddleback College at 3:00 P.M.

Jaguars rally to take PCAC opener

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(2/13/2014) EL CAJON — The Southwestern College Jaguars used a Griffin error and three consecutive hits in the top of the sixth to plate three runs and give themselves a 4-2 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.

Lauren Scarry (3-4), Amanda Hartnell (2-4), Jennifer Schuff (2-4) and Melissa Eggleston (2-3) all had multiple hits for the Griffins (4-4, 0-1).

The Griffins had plenty of chances left runners in scoring position in all but one inning in route to leaving 11 runners on base. Southwestern (3-2, 1-0)) also left multiple runners on, with 10.

Both teams put up single runs in the first inning and then pitching and defense kicked into gear. Defense reigned supreme for the next four and a half innings.

Scarry led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to right field. After a fly out, Schuff rang a double off the deepest part of the center field wall to drive in Scarry. Two lineouts killed the rest of the inning.

The Griffins will continue their home stand on Friday with a conference game against San Diego City at 3:00 P.M. After a three-way between Grossmont, Glendale and the host Mounties of Mt. SAC on Saturday, Saddleback will come to Griffin Diamond on Monday.

Griffins run-rule LA Harbor

(2/10/2014) EL CAJON — Grossmont College was not very hospitable on Saturday as they defeated the LA Harbor Seahawks 8-0 in a run-rule shortened five innings. Kenzie Gandy was the hitting star of the day as she went 2-for-2 with three RBI’s and reached safely in all three plate appearances.

The Griffins (4-3) jumped out early and put four on the board in the first. The ladies didn’t stop there as they tacked on single runs in the second and third innings and a pair of runs in the fourth to give them the required eight runs after four and a half to end the game.

The Seahawks registered three hits on the day as they dropped their seventh straight to start the year.

Three Griffins had two hits — Blime Macias, Lauren Scarry and Kenzie Gandy — and as a team Grossmont put nine hits on the board. Both teams played error free ball on the day.

Grossmont had the first four batters reach base, three of them on singles. After a pop out, Kayla Browning walked to load the bases. Mary Lieberknecht pushed a run across with a walk. Gandy then got her first hit, a double, that drove in Amanda Hartnell and Browning.

In the second, Macias singled and then stole second. A groundout pushed her to third and Scarry drove her in.

With two outs in the third, Gandy was hit with a pitch, then two pitches later, stole second. Melissa Eggleston ripped a fastball to right center for a double to bring in Gandy.

The first four batters in the fourth reached safely. Liebernecht grounded out, but did receive an RBI when Hartnell scored. Gandy got her third RBI of the day when she got a single to third base.

Grossmont will begin PCAC action on Wednesday with a home date against Southwestern. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00.

 

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