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Knights Go 2-2-1 at SDCC Tournament


The Knights opened the 18th Annual SDCC Tournament, held at Miramar's Hourglass Fields with a tie vs. Mt. San Jacinto and a loss to Napa Valley in pool play on Friday, but recovered with wins over Ventura and Mt. San Jacinto on Saturday that put them in the championship game of the Cardinal bracket. Unfortunately, the Knights lost to Rio Hondo, 6-2, in the final.

In the first game of the tournament, a 5-5 tie with Mt. San Jacinto, Alex Ross went 2-for-2 with a triple and three runs scored. Samantha Harris had a pinch-hit double that gave the Knights a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the 4th, but Mt. San Jacinto evened the score in the top of the 5th. The Knights had one more opportunity in the bottom of the 5th before time expired on the game, but they went down in order.

The Knights played Napa Valley on Friday afternoon and struggled as they lost, 16-4. Ross went 1-for-2 with two runs scored while Lisa Pena and Meghan Shaw each singled and scored a run each.

On Saturday morning, the Knights fell behind 6-3 to Ventura, but scored seven runs in the fifth inning and went on to win, 10-6. Pena went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs. Shaw was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs. 

SDCC advanced to play Mt. San Jacinto once again, but this time the Knights dominated in a 10-1 victory. Pena held Mt. San Jacinto to five hits and one earned run while striking out four. She also helped her own cause on offense by going 2-for-3 with one run scored. Samantha Harris went 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and two runs. Crystal Hernandez went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

The win put them in the final of the Cardinal bracket against Rio Hondo, whom the Knights had already played twice earlier in the season. SDCC beat Rio Hondo, 4-1, at the Glendale Tournament on Feb. 2nd, but lost to the Roadrunners, 9-4, at home just four days later. 

In Saturday's meeting, Rio Hondo got the best of the Knights with a 6-2 win. Pena went 2-for-4 with a home run in the fifth inning. Ross also went 2-for-4.

Last weekend's tournament was the second that the Knights have participated in. The first was the Glendale Tournament in which SDCC won its first four games before advancing to the championship game where they lost to Glendale, 13-12, in the 8th inning.

The Knights are 8-7-1 overall and begin PCAC play on Friday as they travel to Imperial Valley to take on the Arabs. The Knights first PCAC home game will be on Feb. 27 vs. Grossmont at 3 p.m.