A dominant three-hitter by Autumn Pease and the hot bats of Murrieta Mesa proved too much for the Mayfair softball team as the Monsoon’s season came to an end in an 8-0 CIF Southern Section Division 3 second round loss.
The Rams got started quickly with a two-run home run by Lauren Randle in the top of the first inning. Makenna Stram held steady on the mound, however, and stranded three baserunners.
After Alina Hernandez scored on a past ball in the second inning to push the score to 3-0, Presleigh Pilon broke the game open with a grand slam in the third inning.
Stram calmed down after that with the help of her defense. Pilon added a second homer in the fifth inning, but that was one of only two hits Stram allowed after the grand slam. She finished with six strikeouts in a complete game effort.
The Monsoon defense also had an impressive effort. Haley Davis made a diving catch down the left field line to close the third inning. Tena Spoolstra and Julia Enzmann each caught line drives up the middle while Kara Spoolstra made a pair of defensive stops at third base. Sarah Clausen took a gap single in right field and threw out Pease, who was trying to stretch a single into a double, at second base.
It was another story at the plate, however, as Mayfair barely touched Pease. The junior pitcher retired the first nine Monsoon batters with six outs coming via strikeout. Stram broke Pease’s dominance up with a double in the fourth inning while Enzmann had the other two Monsoon hits with two singles. Davis also reached base when she was hit by a pitch.
Pease finished with nine strikeouts in the complete game shutout.
Mayfair (17-8, 8-4) wrapped up successful campaign in which they finished third place in a competitive Suburban League and won two CIF playoff games. Murrieta Mesa (21-10, 5-5), the four seed, will continue on to the quarterfinals where they will play fifth-seeded Knight.