Do you like runs? Looking up at a scoreboard and assuming it’s a football game? Then Alhambra softball is for you.
Where else can you find a softball team that can put up 20 runs in three innings, and then basically take their foot off the pedal just for the sake of finishing the game earlier.
First place Alhambra demolished bottom-dweller Campolindo on Tuesday and their wasn’t much of a chance.
The Bulldog girls delivered the pain to the Cougars after they themselves where run-ruled for the first time since they were beaten by Concord High School in 2011.
None of the players on this team were on that team, in fact none of them were even in high school. Seniors Cara DiMercurio and Madeline Cervantes were still two years away from joining the team at that point.
The Bulldogs scored early and often off of pitcher Grace Huber, who has only throw one other inning this season, and who is now saddled with an 18.20 ERA for the season.
Presumably she was chosen to take the fall for the Cougars so as to not hurt the confidence of any of their usual starters. A tough job for a sophomore.
The Bulldogs pounced and put an eight spot up in the first inning, with everyone in the lineup batting at least once. Shortstop Bri Perez drove in a pair of runs in the inning on a couple of extra base hits.
The rest of the runs were driven in on a single by Karlee Sparacino, a single by Maci Shepherd (two RBIs) and a single by Kimiko Zapanta (two RBIs).
Sam Whitworth struggled with control on the mound for Alhambra, but even then she managed her way around the timid Campolindo lineup. Alhambra went through the game only allowing a single hit.
Following Whitworth’s most efficient inning in the top of the second (two strikeouts and one walk) Alhambra put up their most damaging inning of the year.
Regan Silva got it started by taking a page out of Cara DiMercurio’s book by hacking at the first pitch (DiMercurio lead off the inning with a single). Silva hit a towering blast that landed in the trees behind the left field fence for a two-run home run.
After Morgan Azevedo reached by lacing a double into the gap, and Shepherd got her second single of the day, Azevedo was driven in by Miranda Nilson.
Zapanta’s third plate appearance in two innings set up the reigning Diablo Foothill Athletic League MVP with the bases loaded and she didn’t disappoint.
Paul Buccellato always says there may be a kid who can beat Perez from home to first, but that he doesn’t think there is a high school student in the country who can beat her from home to home.
She showed off the speed by lacing a ball over the head of the center-fielder and low flying around the bases for the rare inside the park grand slam. It was her second grand slam of the year.
The Bulldogs scored twice more in the inning, and twice more in the next inning, this time Perez laid down a bunt to complete her cycle on the afternoon and was driven in for the 20th rub by Azevedo.
After eclipsing the scoring output of Campolindo in DFAL play in a single inning, the Bulldogs chalked up their 11th win of the season.