Alhambra High School girls varsity softball team outlasted Rosemead 9-6 in 10 innings just before dusk on March 4, 2016 in a game that was memorable for both teams with many highlights while being so early in the season.
Home runs, two by Rosemead's Alexis Batres, average pitching and then great pitching, stellar defensive plays, good hitting and more were all part of the exciting game that went almost to dark with the San Gabriel Mountains on the horizon with cloudy skies and sun showing through before Alhambra was victorious. There were some outstanding players in this game, especially Rosemead's Batres, who had two home runs, a double, a single, struck out twice, had three runs batted in, some fast throws to first baseman Brianna Ramirez, including twice when Batres stopped the ball and threw from her knees to get the Alhambra runner out at first.
Alhambra didn't waste time getting runs with three in the first. With one out, Izzy Sanchez sent a deep fly ball to right field and circled the bases before the ball could be thrown in by Rosemead. Ahylie Rosales got a hit and scored on Aleyah Hernandez's hit, which was followed by Erin Rodarte's ground out to drive in Hernandez for the 3-0 lead.
Rosemead answered in the bottom of the first when Adriana Meza walked, Dominique Aleman sacrificed her to second, Batres singled to score Meza, and Samantha Goulet tripled to score Batres to cut Alhambra's lead to 3-2.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Aleman walked and Batres hit the first of her two home runs for two runs batted in and gave Rosemead the lead at 4-3.
Alhambra came back to take the lead at 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning with runs by Rosales, Hernandez and Rodarte. Then Rosemead answered in the bottom of the seventh inning when Batres hit her second home run of the game, and when Jaeleen Mendoza and Samantha Goulet both singled it set the stage for Karlene Garcia to sacrific the tieing run, Mendoza, home to send the game to extra innings. Garcia did that so the game went to extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Meza hit a sharp line drive fly ball to right field but the Alhambra right fielder ran quickly and made a spectacular catch to save the game for Alhambra. Aleman and Batres followed with a hit each but were left on base when Jaeleen Mendoza flew out to the Alhambra first base person to end the innning for Rosemead.
In the top of the 10th inning, Alhambra scored three runs as Sanchez doubled, Hernandez and Rodarte singled and Torres singled to drive in Hernandez and Rodarte.
Alhambra's overall record is 4-0 and Rosemead's is 2-3.