Six RBI day for Jaelynn Eaves seals the deal for Murrieta Mesa
MURRIETA — Jaelynn Eaves wasted no opportunities at the plate Wednesday, May 26, driving in six runs on three hits to lead Murrieta Mesa (16-7, 13-2) past Vista Murrieta, 11-3. Eaves drove in runs on a single in the first, a double in the second, and a home run in the sixth. The Lady Rams clinched the Southwestern League title with victory in this must win affair. Vista Murrieta (15-5, 12-3) did try to put the pressure on the home team by scoring three runs in the fourth inning, but that would be the most Murrieta Mesa would let them have.
The Lady Rams got things started in the first inning when Eaves singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. A five-run second inning was again led by Eaves, Caylea Rains-Campbell, and Kalyn Hill, who all drove in runs. Lacie Ham was credited with the victory for Murrieta Mesa. The right-hander lasted seven innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out nine and walking zero.
Three home runs on the day certainly helped secure the win offensively. Hill went yard in the second inning (Eaves, sixth inning) and Rains-Campbell had a four bagger in the second inning as well.
This is the second Southwestern League title for Lady Rams, who had 14 hits in the game. In 2017, Murrieta Mesa won the CIF Southern Section Division 3 softball title after being third in league, and in 2018 they won their first-ever Southwestern League title but fell after the second round of playoffs.
Bella Flexen (3), Jazmin Torres (3), Eaves (3), and Hill all had multiple hits against the Lady Broncos who tallied six hits in the game. Southwestern League action has wrapped up and the top three teams advancing to the postseason brackets include Murrieta Mesa, Vista Murrieta, and Great Oak, with the possibility of Temecula Valley getting a wildcard bid as they shared third place with the Lady Wolfpack.
CIF Southern Section softball playoff brackets will be announced Saturday, May 29, at www.cifss.org.
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