Having been beaten nearly single-handedly by Marci Valenzuela’s five RBI’s in a 6-1 loss to Colton in their first meeting, Cajon softball coach Jerry Tivey new he wasn’t going to let Valenzuela beat him.
So in the rematch on Thursday, Tivey didn’t just pitch around Valenzuela, he
intentionally walked her all four times, regardless of the situation.
Colton went on to score three runs in the top of the seventh on Marlaina Fuerte’s three-run double and gained a stranglehold on the SAL race with a 5-2 win over Cajon. Colton leads the race by 1 game with two to play, but also has the tiebreaker over the Cowgirls.
Here are the situations that Valenzuela came up and the results:
First inning, Valenzuela came up with a runner on second and one out and was intentionally walked. With two outs, Kayle Garcia delivered an RBI single to give Colton a 1-0 lead.
Third inning, Valenzuela again came up with a runner on second and one out and was intentionally walked. The next two batters were retired and two runners were left on base.
Fifth inning, one out and bases empty. After Valenzuela was intentionally walked, she was on base and ended up scoring on a throwing error to give Colton a 2-0 lead.
Seventh inning, leading off, Valenzuela was intentionally walked. Colton went on to load the bases with no outs and with one out, Fuerte’s three-run double gave Colton a 5-2 lead.