If the playoffs are built for teams playing their best at the end of the season, the Mayfair softball team looks like they’re in a good spot. The Monsoons hit another three home runs and Makenna Stram battled out of tough situations on the mound en route to a 10-3 win over San Dimas in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.
After hitting eight home runs in the entire regular season, the Monsoon’s increased aggression at the plate in the past few games has paid off with seven home runs and 19 runs through two playoff games.
Stram got it started in the top of the third inning with a solo shot to right-center to give herself and the Monsoons a 1-0 lead.
The Saints put pressure on in the bottom of the third with two singles and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with no outs. Stram forced a pop-up to get the first out, but walked in the equalizing run. She battled back, however, forcing a shallow fly ball and a second pop-up to close the inning and prevent disaster.
Haylee Ridge and Julia Enzmann opened the fourth inning with back-to-back homers, giving each of them two home runs in as many playoff games. A double by Kara Spoolstra and RBI singles by Sarah Clausen and Jasmine Apodoca pushed the Monsoon lead to 5-1.
San Dimas put runners on first and second with no outs in the fifth inning, but Stram fought out of the jam once again. Alex Rodriguez flied out for the Saints and then Stram forced two more pop-ups to close the inning. Despite allowing at least one baserunner in every inning, Stram show grit as she stranded 11 baserunners and held the Saints to 2-for-14 hitting with runners in the scoring position.
The Saints also hurt their chances on defense. Mayfair tacked on five unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning as San Dimas committed two errors and pitcher Ashley Newton hit two batters. Enzmann picked up two more RBIs with a two-run double, while Tena Spoolstra and Haylee Ridge also drove in runs in the inning.
Brooke Jackson hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning for the Saints, but that was all San Dimas could do as Stram went on to pick up the complete game win.
Haley Davis reached base three times for the Monsoons with two hits and a hit-by-pitch. Enzmann, K. Spoolstra, and Clausen each had two hits as well. Every Mayfair starter picked up a hit while eight different Monsoons scored at least a run. Clausen and Stram led the way with two runs each.
With the win, Mayfair (17-7) advances to the second round. The Monsoons will have their hands full as they host Murrieta Mesa (20-10, 5-5), the third place team out of the Southwestern League and the No. 4 seed in Division 3, on Tuesday at 3:15pm.