Valencia girls beat Miyamura Patriots

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It all came down to the bats in an exciting District 6-4A opener for Miyamura and Valencia on Tuesday at the Jags’ home field.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: In her homerun trot, Valencia’s Kayla Young circles the bases after blasting the ball over the deepest part of center field. She hit a second homer in the ninth inning over the scoreboard in the Jags’ District 6-4A opener, as Valencia won 8-6.

It took nine innings to decide the contest, after the teams were tied 3-3 at the end of seven innings.

Kayla Young started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, when she knocked the ball well over the biggest part of the park in center field.

There was no doubt off the bat that the ball was not going to come down until it was well beyond the fence. Erin Sharpe scored on the homer and Valencia led 2-0.

“I kept my head down on it and I was not trying to hit it far,” said Young. “I was just trying to get a hit, not a homer. But I knew it was gone when it left the bat.”

It was Young’s solo homer in the ninth that was the big hit in the five-run outburst after Miyamura took the lead, 6-3.

The home run tied the game and gave the Jaguars the momentum to win it in the bottom of the second extra-inning.

“Outside of Piedra Vista, the best pitchers in the state are in our district,” said coach Young, explaining that he expects this to be one of the toughest campaigns in the school’s short history.

“It is an interesting district and from what I have seen we should get four teams into the state tournament and even Belen has a shot with what they have done this year,” said Young.

“It goes to show how competitive our district has become. Piedra Vista is still the best team in the state and when that changes everyone will know.”

Amber Baca picked up the win, going all nine innings. She struck out six while scattering 12 Patriot hits.


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