The Lions are 5-1 & in the Race for the Ambassador League Title
By Warren Eastman
Linfield Christian sophomore pitcher Jenna Perez, the younger sister of ace Alex Perez, threw a one-hit shutout in the Lady Lions’ 6-0 victory at Notre Dame of Riverside in Ambassador League action on Thursday, striking out thirteen.
Notre Dame’s only hit came in the sixth inning on a lead-off Texas leaguer to short center field by Meghan Robertson that just ticked off the fingertips of shortstop Kiki McGrath’s glove. Following a sac bunt, Notre Dame loaded the bases with one out on two walks.
With the Linfield infield drawn in, Perez induced a grounder to short and McGrath threw home to catcher Payton Howie for the force out on the runner from third. Jenna Perez then induced a ground out to first baseman Alex Perez for the third out to quench the rally.
Notre Dame’s only other threat came in the third inning. With runners on first and third with two outs, Perez struck out the next batter.
After leaving two runners in scoring position in the first inning, Linfield scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, and then put the game away with four runs in the seventh. In the fourth inning, McGrath reached on an error, then moved to second on Howie’s single through the left side. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and McGrath came home on right fielder Natalie Santillan’s ground ball to the right side.
In the sixth inning, Howie led off with a walk, followed one out later by a walk to left fielder Sophia Ma. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Howie scored on second baseman JAeCe Simon’s infield hit to the right side.
In the top of the seventh inning, Linfield third baseman Arial Artiga reached on an error, followed by a walk to Alex Perez. Both runners moved up on a passed ball, then a wild pitch allowed Artiga to score. McGrath’s line drive single to right field scored Alex Perez. Howie was hit by a pitch, moving McGrath to second. Santillan’s sac bunt resulted in an overthrow of first base, allowing McGrath and Howie to score.
Linfield’s season record moved to 12-4 and their league record to 5-1. The Lady Lions resume play on Friday when they host Woodcrest Christian at 3:30.