Murrieta Valley was coasting an easy victory Thursday with a commanding 9-3 lead as they headed into the last inning of the game. The Wolfpack finally woke up and rallied for five runs in the final inning. Nighthawk Coach Sean Parks called on reliever Olivia Sanchez to get Murrieta Valley of the inning. She worked the count full to Berta Nejo before striking her out, ending the game and getting the save.
Senior Lacey Alderman picked up the win for MVHS. The Nighthawks scored once in the first, gave up a run to the Wolpack in the third and then seemed to put it away in the fifth with four more.
The Wolfpack, never giving in, answered with two in the sixth to put the game within reach at 5-3. Murrieta Valley looked like they put the game on ice in their half of the final frame with four big runs. Undaunted, Great Oak rallied in the seventh only to come up a run short.
“We kept battling,” said Great Oak coach David Mercado. “I guess that’s about all you can say. The second and third time through the lineup, we did a good job. I think it helped that we saw so many pitches and also that we faced her the other day.”
The Wolfpack had a two-run home run by Kayla Green in the sixth and a three-run shot by Dylinn Stancil in the dramatic last inning.
Murrieta Valley sophomore Amber Bishop went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Junior Nicole Sims was 1-for-3 and had three RBIs and made two incredible defensive plays in right field for the Nighthawks.
“My hat’s off to Great Oak” said Nighthawk Coach Sean Parks “They battled, pushing us to the wall. Any time you come into the last inning down 9-3 and battle like that, you’ve got to give them a lot of credit.”
The Nighthawks will be at Murrieta Mesa to face the Rams on Tuesday. The Wolfpack will be home to host Vista Murrieta. Game time is 3:30pm.