GARDEN VALLEY — Savannah Stephens rapped out three hits to drive in four runs, Samantha Bastien doubled twice and Marina Alexander scattered three hits in Friday’s senior trio-led 11-1 Sierra Delta League victory by Golden Sierra over visiting San Juan.
After the Grizzlies scratched across two second-inning runs on a passed ball and Allie Widmann’s RBI goundout, Golden Sierra’s next nine runs came with two out in the mercy rule-shortened game.
“We battled back after getting ourselves in a hole and that’s a compliment to our returning players and staying composed,” Griz coach Sonny Stephens said.
Savannah delivered the biggest blow, a three-run home run to left center that delivered Ally Baiz and Sadie Cross in the third as Golden Sierra (2-0) extended from a 2-1 lead.
“I was feeling a lot of energy from our dugout and the pitcher sent me a grapefruit right down the middle,” Savannah said.
Alexander pitched out of several jams and struck out five over five innings. Bastien, her catcher, threw out two Spartans attempting to steal.
The Grizzlies broke it open with six in the fourth. After Alorah Williams scored on an error, Baiz and Savannah drove in runs, Bastien doubled in two and Carley Kauffman singled in Desiree Mabray to close the scoring.