Lady Tigers split weekend with Damonte, Carson High

After dropping the first game, 5-2, to the Douglas softball team, and after trailing 7-1 in the third inning of the second game, Carson dug deep and took a 14-9 victory over Douglas for the split.

Senators catcher Dacey Hassey had a huge day at the plate, going 4-for-4, with 6 RBI.

The Senators came from behind to defeat their biggest rival in a game that featured a combined 23 runs and 22 hits.

After Carson took a 1-0 lead on a single by second baseman Candice Rutledge in the bottom of the first inning, the Tigers wasted no time in putting the boots to the Senators over the next two innings.

Freshman Cassie Vondrak surrendered four hits over the second and third innings, walked three batters, hit two others with pitches and Douglas took a 7-1 lead.

Douglas pitcher Mitzi Olsen doubled in Lauren Hoppe and Keri Villalobos for the 2-1 lead and another double by catcher Kayla Moore brought in Olsen for a 3-1 lead after two innings.

Olsen got off to a fast start from the circle and had four of her five strikeouts in the first two innings. She also helped her own cause, going 2-for-4, with 4 RBI.

After being hit by a Vondrak pitch to reach base, Felicia Imelli later scored from third on a wild pitch. A fielder's choice brought in Hoppe, who had walked, and it was 5-1.

Olsen ripped a two-run double for the 7-1 lead.

The Senators came to life in the bottom of the third, bringing eight batters to the plate, notching five hits and narrowing the lead to 7-3.

Hassey singled in Casci and Kaitlin Burroughs to make it 7-3. Rutledge followed with a single and, after Vondrak grounded out to short, left fielder Desiree Clampitt brought home Hassey and Rutledge with a long single to make it 7-5.

Vondrack and company kept the Tigers off the board in the top of the fourth and rallied with two more runs in the bottom of the inning to tie it 7-7. Hassey hit an RBI-double to right center, bringing in Casci, and an error in left brought in Hassey.

Carson scored seven more runs in the next two innings to put it away.

Things went better for Douglas in the first game. Harper pitched a complete game, striking out seven, while allowing two runs, five hits and three walks.

Casci also went the distance in the loss, allowing five runs and six hits, while walking two and striking out eight.

Although Carson took a 1-0 lead in the first game when Burroughs scored on an error in the top of the first inning, Douglas tied it in the top of the fifth, when Nicole LaPorte also scored on an error.

Douglas scored the rest of its runs in the top of the sixth. Hoppe scored after an error at first for the 2-1 lead. Moore smoked a two-run double to center and Imellii scored on a pitching error for the 5-1 lead.

Sarah Evans scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth for Carson's only other run in the 5-2 loss.

On Saturday, the Tigers suffered a 10-0 loss at the hands of Damonte Ranch. The Mustangs' Amanda Webster pitched a no-hitter and Douglas was unable to find an answer on defense.

Harper took the loss in the circle, despite striking out 10.

On Monday, Douglas salvaged a 6-5 win in eight innings over the Mustangs. Lauren Hoppe homored and Kayla Moore drove in a run for the Tigers as Olsen struck out six in picking up the win.


Douglas picked up a pair of wins against Carson High last week, and added another win at Damonte Ranch Saturday.

On Friday, the Tigers topped Carson 10-2 and 9-4 behind strong pitching performances from Danielle Freitas and Emmie Frank.

Mackenzie Cauley had six hits on the day, Katie Gettman had four hits and Freitas had three hits, including a home run.

Marina Diaz, Christine Ward and Erika Wilson also had three hits.

Jocelyn Fencl had two hits and Megan Michitarian, Tara Paiement and Frank each had one hit.

Freitas struck out 11 and scattered three hits in a 14-1 win over Damonte.

Gettman, Cauley and Michitarian each had two hits. Fencl had a triple and Paiement, Wilson and Diaz each had one hit.

Douglas has outscored its opponents 62-8 en route to a 5-0 record this season.


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