“We got off to a slow start because [South El Monte] had such a really good pitcher,” Thayer said, “She had a variety of pitches and was probably the best that we’ve seen so far in the tournament. It took the girls a little while to figure it out.”
CVFH’s Calley Ellingford helped break open the game in the sixth inning with a one-out double that bounced once before hitting the fence in left-center field to drive in two runs. Alatraca followed with a successful sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, advancing Ellingford to third, but as South El Monte was slow in making the play, Ellingford kept going, touching the plate well in front of the throw to give her a team a 5-0 cushion.
In the seventh, Crescenta Valley-Foothill hit five singles, while South El Monte committed two costly errors, to score five more runs. In the frame, Camie Ellingford hit a RBI single and, three batters later, Cailey Ellingford hit a single to left field to drive in her third run of the contest.