The player who wears No.1 for Tri-City Christian proudly signaled No.1 at the end of this year’s San Diego Section Division V softball final.
Senior Jessica Chappell celebrated after hitting two homers, knocking in six runs and pitching a two-hit shutout to help propel the top-seeded Eagles past The Rock 15-0 in a five-inning game called because of the 10-run rule at UCSD on Saturday.
The championship run in the new division came after Tri-City Christian (18-6) went without a playoff victory in Chappell’s previous three varsity seasons.
“We grew a lot this year, so it was exciting to get this opportunity,” said Chappell, whose mother, Lisa, is the Eagles coach. “We were confident from the beginning here. So I don’t want to say that it’s surprising.”
Chappell had 10 HRs and 44 RBI this year.
Fellow four-year varsity member Shelby McElhattan had three hits and two RBI to help key a 15-hit attack as the Eagles avenged a 12-11 loss earlier in the playoffs to the No.?2 Rock (16-9).
“We’ll get our name in school history,” McElhattan said. “This is great.”