By Pat Turner
Round one of District 28-6A ends this week and Brennan is showing major signs of being a serious playoff contender.
Holmes (14-1, 8-0) continues to lead the pack and Warren (11-4, 7-1) sits in second. However, the Bears (11-4, 6-2) are making it clear they’re not going away.
Brennan made a big move by overcoming a 2-1 loss to Clark from the previous week with a 15-0 three-inning thrashing of Stevens and a 3-0 victory over O’Connor.
“This was a big week for us,” Brennan coach Selina Garza said. “It got us back on track. Its always a big win when you go against a good team like O’Connor. This can push us to get better because our district is always so tough.”
Brennan pounded out 12 hits against Stevens with Jadyn Abrego (2 for 4, 4 RBIs), Gabriella Torres (2 for 3), Sierra Schottler (1 for 3, 3 RBIs) and Allison Bocook (1 for 2, 2 RBIs) providing the majority of the highlights.
Brennan gave a well-rounded showing against O’Connor as the two teams were locked in a tight pitching duel.
Abrego held O’Connor to one hit, but the Panthers’ Rebecca O’Connor was just as tough on Brennan batters.
Brennan, however, was able to break through with three runs in the fourth.
Alex Torres and Schottler began the inning with back-to-back doubles and Alexia Camacho came through with a run-scoring single before coming home on Christina Michel’s sacrifice fly.
The Brennan pitcher gave up an infield hit to Leighann Goode with two outs in the first, before retiring 15 batters in a row. During that span, Abrego recorded one strikeout, but received solid backing from her defense.
O’Connor (5-4, 5-3) made a comeback bid in the seventh after drawing two walks with two outs. However, Abrego got the final out on a fly to right fielder Kaydence Garza.
“I always try to get ahead in the count,” Abrego said. “That’s always my goal. My defense helped me. I have so much faith in them. Getting the three runs really helped. I knew my offense and defense had my back.”
Prior to the loss, O’Connor, sitting in fourth place, cruised to a 14-2 win over Clark.
Toni Espinoza (3 for 3, 3 RBIs), Goode (1 for 3, 3 RBIs), Jada Munoz (2 for 4, 2 RBIs) and Gaby Katz (2 for 3) ignited a 10-hit attack in the five-inning game.
Holmes and Warren remained steady as a rock.
The Huskies downed Marshall, 7-2 and went on a hitting tear in a 16-0 victory over Holmes.
Marshall gained the early advantage with Maddie Fernandez’s two-run blast in the opening frame.
The Rams held a 2-1 lead until Holmes struck for six runs in the fourth.
Ariana Martinez unloaded a two-run double and a wild pitch brought home another run, before Jalissa Alicea delivered a two-run single. Desiree Rojas added a two-run double and Alissa Martinez closed out the scoring with an RBI single.
Holmes pounded out 12 hits against Clark and closed out the contest in the fifth with eight runs.
Erykah Guerrero (3 for 5) and Rojas (4 for 5) led the charge with four RBIs.
Alissa Martinez contributed with a 3 for 4 showing while bringing home two runs.
Alicea was sharp again, scattering five hits and striking out seven.
Warren began its week with a 6-2 win over Brandeis, before cruising to a 13-2 zapping of Marshall.
Annika Litterio was on her mark again, allowing two hits while striking out 14.
Two errors and a single by Lauren Garcia led to three Warren runs in the fifth.
The Warriors pushed across a run in the third when Lauryn Hernandez tripled and scored on Tori Jimenez’s single.
Warren added two more runs in the fourth on singles by Cassie Davis and Austin Germain.
Brandeis staged a rally in the sixth with Ariana Villa’s two-run single.
However, Litterio held off additional damage.
Litterio tossed a five-inning no-hitter against Marshall.
She also helped a potent offense by going 2 for 3 and knocking in two runs.