After playing less games than they intended to at the Livermore Stampede tournament this past weekend, the Bulldogs welcomed Dublin for their first home game of the year.
A steep drop off in competition looked to give the Lady Bulldogs a bit of rust, and after the game coach Paul Buccellato said they looked sloppy in the 12-2 win.
Only Alhambra can win 12-2 and look sloppy in the same week they cracked the list of the top 100 teams in the nation according to MaxPreps.com. That’s how high the expectations are.
It wasn’t as if they didn’t hit the ball, you don’t get 12 runs without hitting, but it seemed as if they couldn’t quite barrel the ball. Nothing had the right sound off the bat.
The top of the order punched in two runs the first time of they were asked to in the home half of the first. Karlee Sparacino drove in her first of four RBIs on the day on a booming double to left-center field. The junior was driven in by Regan Silva who singled in her seventh RBI of the season.
On the mound Sam Whitworth pounded the strike zone in a traditionally short outing for the team’s number one in Diablo Foothill Athletic League play. She only allowed three base runners in her three innings of work, and struck out three. She started off all but three of the 11 hitters she faced with a first pitch strike, which allowed her to get out of the only jam she faced with two runners on in the second inning.
But before anything strange happened, Alhambra did eventually get to work. They batted around in the bottom of the third inning and put up eight runs in one of their patented big innings.
Again it was Bri Perez who served as the spark plug. She and Sparacino laced back-to-back singles before both being driven in by a double from senior Cara DiMercurio.
Morgan Azevedo drove in DiMercurio for her fourth RBI of the season, and Jojo Kelly singled in Azevedo to keep the fun going.
After a stolen base, a fielder’s choice, and a bunt single by Kimiko Zapanta, Alhambra manufactured another run, not letting up on Dublin starter Brooke Promes.
Perez drove in her first two runs of the game on a single to right, and Sparacino drove her in on her second double of the game.
With Whitworth removed from the ball game, Buccellato used the opportunity to give some game time to some of the bench players.
Perhaps a bit rusty due to less time on the field, the team booted the ball three times in the inning and tagged on a pair of unearned runs to pitcher Brianna Edwards’ line.
But Edwards took it in stride and pitched her way out of trouble in the fourth and would never look back. A scoreless top of the fifth allowed Alhambra a chance to end it in the home half of the inning, and with the heart of the order coming up, there was no chance we’d make it past the third hitter in the line up.
Aleija Lewis showed off the wheels to reach on an infield single before Perez was walked to set up Sparacino, who wasted no time lacing her third double of the game in left field.
Lewis had tagged up and was nearly caught up by Perez, which the crowd found humorous as the game ended there, with no harm done by the base running gaffe