West Covina’s Dekota Monarrez (9) celebrates after a two run homer in the sixth inning helped the Bulldogs knock off the Huskies, 10-9. She hit three home runs and had four RBIs. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS) . Will post the story later.
West Covina catcher Jennifer Rodriguez (25) tags out South Hills High School Vanessa Molina (92) at home plate in the sixth inning during.
Here’s Steve Ramirez’ story from the game:
Rivalry games are supposed to bring out the best in players, and that certainly worked for West Covina High School softball player Dekota Monarrez.
The junior hit three home runs and had four RBIs before picking up the save
The Bulldogs, also getting two home runs and five RBIs from Camille Herrera and three hits and three runs from Juunae Dai’re, improved to 6-2. South Hills, getting three hits and two RBIs from Sam Nieves and three hits and five RBIs from Kristen Stewart, slipped to 4-2.
“I just went up there and tried to get base hits,” Monarrez said. “Whatever came, came. The pitches were just right there. (South Hills’ Sydney La Folletre) tried to keep them low, but she missed and I just took advantage.”
Monarrez and Herrera twice hit back-to-back homers. The duo made it 4-3 in the third with back-to-back shots before doing it again in the fourth for an 8-5 advantage.
But South Hills refused to give in. The Huskies made it 8-7 in the bottom of the fourth on RBIs by Nieves and Stewart. South Hills, after Monarrez made it 10-7 with a two-run homer in the sixth, rallied to cut it to 10-9 in the bottom of the inning.
But the Huskies missed a chance to possibly tie the score after Vanessa Molina led off the sixth with a double. She was thrown out at home following a single by Tiffany Rivas, who was in turn gunned down trying to advance to third.
Stewart then followed a single by Brittney Rodriguez and a double by Nieves with a two-run single to make it 10-9.
Monarrez nailed down the win, retiring South Hills in the seventh for the save.
“I knew we could hit,” West Covina coach Dan Woodward said. “Our pitching needs to be more consistent. I’ve told the girls before that we can beat anybody.”
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