Mission Viejo survives first day of Carew Classic
ANAHEIM – Taylor McQuillin has been as dominant they come for Mission Viejo’s softball team.
The Diablos ace knew she had to summon her best against the stacked field of the Michelle Carew Classic. McQuillin chased her ninth career no-hitter deep into the night Wednesday, but in the end, she had to dig deep just to get the win.
Terra McGowan threw out the tying run from right field in the eighth inning, and the top-ranked Diablos escaped with a 1-0 victory over Etiwanda in a second-round game at Peralta Park.
When the game went to extra innings, each team started with a runner at second. The Diablos (14-0) took advantage of their opportunity as Camryn Ybarra scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyra Snyder.
McQuillin (14-0) had been superb through seven innings against the team ranked eighth in the state by Cal-Hi Sports. To that point, the senior had held the Eagles hitless while racking up 14 strikeouts.
But with the runner at second to start the eighth, Priscilla Ramirez sent a line-drive single to right. McGowan came up firing and threw out Ramirez at the plate.
“I was thinking that we need to get this out because I know that Taylor can get us out of it,” McGowan said.
The Eagles’ threat continued, as they loaded the bases with one out. McQuillin came through with back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
“I just thought to myself, ‘I’ve worked so hard all game, don’t let them start hitting now,’” McQuillin said.
Alyssa Palomino hit a home run in Mission Viejo’s first-round win against Agoura earlier in the day. Palomino’s 49 career home runs leave her one shy of the CIF-SS record, set by Shawna Wright of Lancaster from 2005-2009.
In other Carew Classic games:
Yucaipa 5, No. 3 Los Alamitos 3: The Griffins (11-5) saw their bid to make back-to-back trips to the tournament’s final end with loss in the first round at Peralta Park.
No. 5 Pacifica 7, Foothill 4: The Mariners (8-3) broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the fifth inning to get past the Knights (7-6) at Peralta Park. Pacifica took the lead, 4-3, with Alison Seng’s safety squeeze, and pushed it to 7-4 with Dominique Espinoza’s three-run homer.
No. 4 Canyon 9, Kennedy 1: Hailey Hilburn, dealing with the effects of the flu and a sinus infection, hit a three-run homer and pitched a complete game for the Comanches (10-3) in their victory at Peralta Park. Brianna Betschel had a two-run triple for Canyon.
Aliso Niguel 9, Esperanza 1: Kate Polucha went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Wolverines (8-5-1) in their victory at Peralta Park.