HS Softball: Linfield Christian’s Alex Perez’s Pitches a Two-Hit Shutout

The Lions Beat Western Christian 14-0 on Senior Day

Nayan Jenkins (5), JaeCe Simon (2) & Alex Perez (24)

On Linfield Christian’s Senior Day Thursday, the Lady Lions honored graduating seniors outfielder Nayan Jenkins, second baseman JaeCe Simon , and pitcher Alex Perez.

Alex Perez then went out and pitched a two-hit shutout against Western Christian in a 14-0 run-rule Ambassador League win. Perez struck out 10. Only two balls were hit out of the infield, a fly ball out to right and a fly ball single to short left.

Linfield shortstop Kiki McGrath drove in 5 runs going 2 for 3 with a double. Catcher Payton Howie drove in 3 runs, going 2 for 3 with a double.

Linfield got off to a fast start, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the first inning with 10 batters going to the plate. Leadoff hitter JeaCe Simon beat out an infield single. Two outs later, Alex Perez walked on 4 pitches, her 19th base on balls in league play.

After a double steal, Howie doubled to the left field corner, scoring Simon and Perez. Arial Artiga was hit by pitch. Sarah Newman’s ground ball single down the left field line then scored Howie from second; an errant throw from left field allowed Artiga to score with Newman going to second. Newman moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Natalie Santillan’s fly ball double to right field.

In the second inning, Linfield scored one run. Jenna Perez reached on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch. McGrath walked. Two more wild pitches allowed Perez to score.

Linfield batted around in the third inning, scoring 4 more. With two outs, Nayana Jenkins walked and stole second base. Simon reached on her second infield hit, with Jenkins moving to third. Simon then stole second. Jenna Perez walked to load the bases. McGrath hit a fly ball single to short left-center, bringing home Jenkins and Simon and Jenna Perez to second. Alex Perez then singled to short left field with Jenna Perez scoring and McGrath moving to second. Howie then singled through the middle to score McGrath.

In the fourth inning, Linfield sent eight players to the plate. Newman led off with a line drive double to deep center field. One out later Sherry He, replacing Jenkins, was hit by pitch. Simon and Jenna Perez walked, bringing in Newman and leaving the bass loaded. McGrath’s line drive double to the left field corner then cleared the bases to end the scoring.

Western had scoring threats in the third and fourth innings. In the third inning with one out, walks to Hope Weber (one of three Weber sisters on the team) and Kepa Vinyard put runners at first and second. Alex Perez struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Western’s only two hits came in the fourth inning. Melanie Lienberger led off with a bad hop infield single. Sydney Kerr followed with a fly ball single to short left field with Lienberger moving to second. After a strike out, Jackie Norberg hit into a fielder’s choice to Linfield second baseman Simon who made the unassisted putout at second, with Lienberger moving to third. Grace Weber was then hit by pitch to load the bases. Alex Perez then struck out Hope Weber to preserve the shutout.

The first four places in the eight-team Ambassador League are now determined. With their current season and league record of 17-6 and 10-3, Linfield Christian will finish third. They finish the season at league champion Ontario Christian on Thursday, then await their CIF-SS Division 5 Playoff berth to be revealed on Monday

Ambassador League Standings

Ontario Christian            12-1 
Aquinas                               11-2 
Linfield Christian            10-3
Woodcrest Christian        8-4 
Notre Dame                         5-7 
Western Christian             2-10 
Loma Linda Academy      1-11 
Arrowhead Christian       1-12