Grizzlies punch playoff ticket

By From page A6 | May 09, 2014

SACRAMENTO — In two Sierra Delta League hookups, Golden Sierra and Bradshaw Christian have combined to score 57 runs.

Tied in the standings, they met again Wednesday in a one game play-off to determine the league’s No. 3 seed. This time, 14 runs — the bulk favoring Golden Sierra in its 12-2 win.

Next stop is the playoffs next week at the Lodi Softball Complex.

Five first-inning runs set the tone. After Kristine Mendoza and Marina Alexander walked,  singles from Savannah Stephens, Ally Baiz and Samantha Bastien (3-for-4, RBI) continued to the outbreak of runs. Sadie Cross also had a hit.

“They did their job,” Golden Sierra head coach Sonny Stephens said. “There was no pressure.”

The Grizzlies increase their lead to 7-0 in the top of the second inning and 8-0 in the third when Carley Kauffman reached on an  error and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Alexander.

Golden Sierra scored three runs the fourth inning on hits from Mendoza, Baiz (2-for-4, 2 RBIs), Allie Widmann and Kauffman. In the fifth, Savannah (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) hit an inside the park home run.



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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