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Contagious hitting gives Grizzlies victory

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Hollie Johnson.  Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

GRIZZLY pitcher Hollie Johnson struck out five Pride batters. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

GARDEN VALLEY — Nine consecutive hits set the tone early for the Golden Sierra High softball team against Bradshaw Christian in a Sierra Delta League game Friday afternoon at the Grizzlies’ field.

The Lady Grizzlies posted a 15-1 victory over the Pride. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. Golden Sierra (3-0, 8-5) had 12 hits.

Leadoff hitter Kenna Barth started the bottom of the first inning with a single for the Grizzlies. Then winning pitcher Hollie Johnson and shortstop Savannah Stephens slugged back-to-back doubles.

The hitting continued to be contagious for Golden Sierra in the inning, as Alexis Hall, Carley Hauffman, Haley Leard, Ally Baiz and Marina Widmann singled that accounted for nine runs in the frame. Johnson singled in her second trip at the plate in the inning and scored twice.

“I am very pleased,” Golden Sierra head coach Becky Pratte said. “We always like to strike first. When you’re the home team, you have to go out there and show them what we have in the first inning.”

After Johnson sat down the Pride in order in the same inning, Golden Sierra increased its lead to 10-0 in the bottom of the frame. Hall singled to left field, moved to second and third bases on passed balls and scored as Leard grounded out.

Bradshaw Christian continued to battle despite falling behind early in the top of the third inning. A base hit from Jennifer Stuart, a fielder’s choice and an error gave the Pride momentum. But Johnson and the defense countered, as Johnson kept her pitches low in the strike zone, forcing Pride batters to hit the ball into grounders.

“When they are playing, we let them know that this is their game,” Pratte said. “They are a pretty tight team. Their no regrets attitude gives them that type of discipline.”

Golden Sierra added another run in the bottom of the third. Stephens singled and scored on Leard’s double to cushion its lead to an 11-0 advantage.

In the top of the fourth, the Pride scored their only run of the game. Courtney Chase singled, moved to second on a single from Saraceli Uribe, went to third on a grounder and scored on a passed ball.

The Grizzlies scored four times on just one hit in the bottom of the fourth inning to seal the victory. A double off the bat of Barth, an error, a fielder’s choice and a walk to Johnson accounted for the final tally.

Stephens was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice. Hall, Barth and Johnson had two hits each. Baiz, Leard and Kauffman had one hit each.

Johnson struck out five Pride batters and allowed four hits in the game. Marina Alexander pitched the fifth inning for Golden Sierra, which returns to action on Tuesday, April 2 when it plays at Colfax in a non-league game.

“We’ve got a tough game right off the bat,” said Pratte of Colfax. “It’s going to be a very good contact for us. We’re just going to have to come back (next) Monday, practice hard and prepare for the best.”

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or mbush@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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