When the season started Covina High School freshman Telia Provenzano was nothing more than courtesy runner, making her first start in right field on Thursday against defending Valle Vista League champion San Dimas.
Colts coach Joe Brown might consider starting her more often.
Trailing by two runs, Provenzano belted a two-out grand slam to right in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally the Colts to an improbable 7-5 victory over last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division V finalists. (To continue, click thread).
In other news, we learned the Bonita’s Chloe Wurst threw her second no-hitter of the week, but this time it was a perfect game in a 1-0 win over Diamond Ranch with 12 strikeouts. Wurst no-hit Los Altos on Tuesday. Amat gave up a first inning homer against Mater Dei, and that was all it took for the Monarchs to escape with a 1-0 win.
Thursday’s softball results
Mater Dei 1, Bishop Amat 0
Covina 7, Covina 5
Bonita 1, Diamond Ranch 0
Diamond Bar at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.
Wilson at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at Bassett, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
The Colts trailed the Saints 5-1 entering the sixth inning but made it 5-2 after Chelsea Whisenant’s two-out single scored Andrea Montoya from second.
After a walk loaded the bases, Candice Orozco kept the rally going with a single to bring home another run to make it 5-3 — the bases full again.
That set the stage for Provenzano, who hit her second homer of the season.
“It shows what I know,” Brown said of not starting Provenzano earlier in the year. “When she’s had opportunities to swing the bat, she takes her cuts.
“This was an incredible way to win, I don’t think a Covina team has won a game like that in a long time. You don’t score six runs with two outs very often, let alone against the defending league champions and a pitcher as tough as (San Dimas’ Kortnie) Clarke.”
Provenzano was still trying to grasp the moment afterward.
“I don’t know what to say,” she said. “It felt great helping my team win.”
Saints second baseman Sara Moore was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and junior Alena Avalos was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.
Avalos’ double in the sixth inning scored Moore for a 5-1 lead, but Clarke tired in the sixth inning, and the Colts took advantage.
“In hindsight I probably should have taken (Clarke) out,” Saints coach Don Pollard said. “She was out of gas and starting to get the ball up.
“But you have to give the Colts credit, they battled with two outs and took advantage of their opportunities.”
Covina improved to 6-1 and 3-0 while the Saints dropped to 4-3 and 2-1.
“There’s a long way to go,” Brown said. “We still have to face them (Saints) two more times and our league is pretty balanced. But it sure felt good to get them and get the first meeting out of the way.”