Sophomore Alex Eaton got the start in the circle for Sacred Heart but quickly ran into trouble against a patient Pioneers lineup that made her throw 51 pitches to get through the first 10 batters.
San Gabriel Mission’s first three batters of the second inning reached on a single, a walk and a hit by pitch before Eaton’s 52nd pitch of the day was clubbed over the fence in center field for a grand slam that promptly put the Tologs in a 5-2 hole.
“Too many walks,” said Nishiyama, whose team suffered an 8-1 loss to Alemany on Friday. “We’re not good enough to give out walks like that.”
Sacred Heart (5-9) led, 2-0, after the top of the first inning thanks to a two-run home run to deep center field with two outs by second baseman Lauren Torres that scored leadoff hitter Emily Brown, who reached via a walk.
San Gabriel Mission got one run back in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly that was preceded by a leadoff walk, a stolen base and a wild pitch to move the runner into scoring position at third base.
After retiring the Tologs side in order in the top of the second, the Pioneers took the lead in the second and looked to do further damage with no outs following the go-ahead home run.
Lyng, who started the game at third base, relieved Eaton after the grand slam and would allow the Pioneers just one run on four hits the rest of the way.
But the Tologs themselves could only muster two hits over the remainder of the game against San Gabriel Mission starter Nicole Holguin.
Catcher Meghan Luera singled to lead off the fourth inning, but was stranded at second base and Lyng’s one out single to put runners at first and second base in the sixth inning was nullified by two back-to-back popouts over the infield.
Sacred Heart, which will continue Mission League play at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at the Glendale Sports Complex, went quietly in the seventh with a two groundouts and a popup.
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