North Tahoe softball | Grijalva’s triple beats Whittell in first game of twin bill
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. and#8212; With a clutch swing of the bat, junior catcher Meghen Grijalva lifted the North Tahoe softball team to a 10-9 come-from-behind win in the first of two league games against visiting Whittell on Saturday.
and#8220;It feels really good,and#8221; Grijalva said of the win, which she helped deliver with a game-winning two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh inning. and#8220;We’ve been trying to beat them for awhile, and we finally stuck it to them.and#8221;
The Warriors struck back in Game 2, however, leaving the North Tahoe Regional Park field with a 9-0 win. Whittell narrowly won the first game of the series, 14-12, last Wednesday.
Both teams will enter the Northern 2A regional playoffs this Thursday and Friday, the Lakers as an eighth seed and the Warriors as a third seed. North Tahoe will face top-seeded Yerington in a best-of-three series on the road, while Whittell will host either Incline or Silver Stage at Zephyr Cove Park.
The Warriors finished the regular season as the top 2A team from the Mount Rose League, at 8-5 in league and 17-9-1 overall, while North Tahoe finished 1-11 in the MRL and 5-15 overall.
Senior Heidi Jimenez pitched the Lakers to victory in Game 1 on Saturday. She received ample support from her offense, as five players finished with at least two hits against Whittell starter Amanda Harris en route to the 10-run output.
Grijalva led the way, going 3-for-4 with her game-winning triple and three RBIs, while Brittany Zeddies had two hits, including a triple, and Samantha Jeffers, Kylie Henderson and Elizabeth Buhler each had two hits.
None were bigger than Grijalva’s shot with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. With Buhler on second and Madison Martin on first, Grijalva smacked a ball deep to center over the outstretched reach of center fielder Elizabeth Anderson. Anderson’s relay throw made its way in to Whittell third baseman Bri Miller, who fired home as Martin just beat the throw with a head-first slide.
But the Lakers’ celebration was a bit subdued after watching one of their best players get carried off the field during the final rally. On a play at the plate, junior outfielder Brittany Zeddies caught a cleat as she slid home and injured her lower back. She remained on the field for several minutes, in obvious pain, before being carried off and taken by ambulance to the hospital to the well-wishes of her teammates.
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