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Inland highlights from the first round of the CIF-Southern Section softball playoffs

By in Press Enterprise on May 19, 2017

By Eric-Paul Johnson

Four seeded teams fell in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section softball playoffs, and half of those “upsets” were orchestrated by teams out of the Mountain Pass League.

Alyssa Gonzalez and Julia Shepherd each hit their ninth home run of the season, helping Beaumont defeated No. 3 seed Aquinas, 12-4, in a Division 4 opener. Shepherd picked up the victory in the circle, as well, registering 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Aubrey Slater went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles, three runs and two RBIs for Beaumont. Aquinas’ Bobbi Ann Pratt capped a stellar freshman season with her eighth home run.

Beaumont (19-8) will host Whittier (16-8-1) in a second-round game Tuesday afternoon.

Hemet rolled to a 13-5 victory over West Covina Edgewood, the No. 2 seed in Division 4 and a team that entered the postseason with a 17-0 record. Hemet (15-15) will play host to Santa Barbara San Marcos (20-7) in a second-round game Tuesday afternoon.

BEARS FIND LATE-INNING MAGIC … AGAIN

Riverside Poly definitely has earned a right to be called “Cardiac Kids” this season.

This has been a season filled with dramatic come-from-behind wins, and the Bears added another one to their collection Thursday. Poly erased an early deficit and also rallied back in the eighth and ninth innings to edge Aliso Niguel, 9-8, in a Division 2 opener.

Poly trailed 4-0 in the fourth inning but surged ahead 5-4. Aliso Niguel scored in the top of the seventh to force extra innings. Aliso Niguel took a 6-5 lead in the eighth, but Madelyn Beschorner drove in the tying run for the Bears in the bottom of the inning.

Aliso Niguel scored twice in the top of the ninth, and Poly was down to its final out. Jackie Loya knocked in a run to cut the deficit in half, […]    

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