Patterson softball rallies past Central Catholic, stays perfect in WAC
by PI Staff
Apr 11, 2009 | 613 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s been a familiar sight for the past few seasons: Mandy Sifuentes and Kianna Weinzheimer carrying a rally.

Sifuentes pitched eight innings and Weinzheimer collected two hits and two RBIs — including the game-tying home run in the seventh — to lift the Patterson High softball team to a 5-3 victory over host Central Catholic in extra innings Wednesday.

Sifuentes continued her winning ways, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out 11 and walking one for the Tigers, who remained unbeaten atop the Western Athletic Conference.

Patterson (11-3 overall) is now 8-0 in the WAC and has won nine straight dating back to March 10.

“We were a little lucky,” Patterson coach Dave Klein said. “We came out a little flat, had some bad luck and found ourselves behind against a pretty good thrower.”

The Tigers trailed Central Catholic (5-8, 2-6) by a score of 3-1 after three innings, but battled back, capitalizing on nine hits.

Melissa Robles went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Teammates Jessyca Rico, Leslie Scheuber and Samantha Kramer each added hits in crunch time to help the Tigers pull even and eventually take the game over in the eighth.

“We’ve talked about these situations,” Klein said. “Even though it took us a long time to overcome Central Catholic, we found a way, which is very encouraging.”

Central Catholic hurler Briana Rios was solid in her eight innings of work, but the red-hot Tigers proved too much down the stretch.

“The season is too long not to think that something like this (game) is not going to happen,” Klein said. “Hopefully, we come out with a little more enthusiasm and swing the bats better (next time).”
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