SACRAMENTO — Samantha Bastien’s two, run-scoring singles earned her the South’s team MVP award after Wednesday’s 37th Optimist Senior All Star small school game at Capital Christian High but on the back of an eight-run third inning, the North prevailed 10-3.
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Bastien, from Golden Sierra, singled in the South’s first run with a one-out, line-drive single to left field to plate Rio Vista’s Carlie Schulz. She later ripped a single through the middle in the seventh to drive in Rosemont’s Haili Jurado.
The Grizzlies fielded three starters for the annual exhibition. Marina Alexander started on the mound for the South and pitched into the third inning while Savannah Stephens played shortstop before moving to second base and back to short.
“It’s sentimental and bittersweet but a way to wrap it up,” the trio said of the final time in a Golden Sierra uniform.
Shaky outfield play cost Alexander a run in the bottom of the first inning but escaped a jam in the second as the scored stood tied heading to the bottom of the third where more tentative play hurt the South.
North MVP Mikayla McLanahan from Wheatland batted twice in the inning — two hits, two RBI’s and scored twice — as the South fell behind 9-1.
Alexander struck out two but walked five and gave up seven hits in her two and two-thirds stint. Batting, she went 1-for-2 with a second inning infield single. Stephens, who turned in several nice defensive plays, was 0-for-4.
Bastien, the Grizzlies’ first-string catcher, opened the game at third base, caught and ended up at shortstop. Alexander also played center field.
“It could have been better but it was still fun,” the Grizzly seniors said. “We just wanted to come out and enjoy ourselves and play one last game with each other.”