The Murrieta Nighthawks jumped all over Chaparral Thursday afternoon and clinched the Southwestern League Title with a convincing 24-2 victory. The game was halted after five innings of play.
Murrieta’s Olivia Sanchez gave up two runs on four hits and struck out eight Pumas on her way to her seventh victory of the season. Chaparral’s Karissa Frazier, one of the top pitchers in the league lasted only two and a two third innings. She gave up nine runs on eight hits and wound up with the loss.
Murrieta Valley’s explosive offense was led by Sophomore twin sisters Autumn and Amber Bishop. Amber hit three home runs while going a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate and knocked in six runs for the Nighthawks. Her sister Autumn went 5-for-6 with a home run and also had six RBIs.
Kiylee Chenault was 4-for-5 with a double and drove in four runs for Murrieta Valley. Stephanie Moreno had three hits, scored twice and had an RBI against the Pumas.
The only Puma offense came off the bat of junior Cheyenne Balzer who homered in the first inning with Nicole Johnson aboard. She had two hits against Sanchez.
The Nighthawks will finish out the regular season with two games against Temecula Valley next week. The Pumas will face a very tough Vista Murrieta team who are 4-4 and need to sweep Chaparral to stay in the hunt for a CIF SS Playoff spot.
Southwestern League Standings
Team – League – Overall
Murrieta Valley – (8-0, 19-7)
Chaparral – (5-3, 19-10)
Great Oak – (3-3, 11-11)
Vista Murrieta – (4-4, 16-8)
Temecula Valley – (2-4, 7-13)
Murrieta Mesa – (0-8, 8-18-1)