Here is a recap of some of the action from Saturday’s Diamond Bar Tournament, courtesy of Diamond Bar assistant coach Lisa Houk (who reported it) and our clerk, Adrian Cruz (who wrote it up). This did not make our deadline to appear in Sunday’s paper.
Diamond Bar 4, Hacienda Heights Wilson 3
With the score tied 3-3 going into the final inning, tournament rules dictated an international tiebraker, which allows both teams to begin the inning with a runner at second. Diamond Bar held their own and did not allow the runner to score. In the bottom half of the frame, Diamond Bar loaded the bases with one out and up came Natalie Barajas. With Dani Wilson cheering her on from third base, Barajas ended the game with a walk-off HBP. Dani Wilson crossed the plate with the winning run and sent the Brahma players and supporters into a frenzy and into the championship game. Leadoff batter Breanna Gonzalez went 3 for 4 while Danielle Cornejo and Lizzy McCabe added two hits apiece.
St. Lucy’s 4, Diamond Bar 1
The Regents scored all of their runs in the first two innings as Caroline Smith held the tournament-host Brahmas to one run over five hits to win the title. St. Lucy’s Brandi Harkness had an RBI triple while Danielle O’Toole added a double.
For Diamond Bar, Brianna Gonzalez and Liz Rubalcava had a double apiece while Marissa McKendall went 2 for 3 with an RBI. An unusual play took place in the top of the seventh as Diamond Bar threw out two players at the plate. After a single to right, the Diamond Bar left fielder hit her cutoff man at first who then gunned out a St. Lucy’s runner attempting to score from second at the plate with her throw to Rubalcava. Rubalcava alertly threw down to second after seeing the St. Lucy’s initial batter attempting to go to second. However, one more St. Lucy’s batter tried to come home with Diamond Bar’s shortstop throwing back to home in time to record the out and a rare play all at once.