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Pointers turn early lead into upset victory

05/20/2014, 8:57pm PDT
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Freshman left-hander boosts Point Loma into next round of playoffs

Point Loma High hit a pair of two-run home runs, one in each of the first two innings, but never expected those blasts to stand up.

As it turned out, Jenna Vargas’ first-inning homer and Nicole Correia’s second-inning shot Tuesday were enough to lift the No. 11-seeded Pointers to a 4-3 victory over No. 6 Mission Hills in the first round of the San Diego Section Division I softball playoffs.

“I never thought the homers would be enough because Mission Hills can hit the ball from top to bottom,” said Point Loma coach Tom Kamfonik, whose team advanced to Thursday’s second round at No. 3 Mt. Carmel. “In the playoffs, you have to finish games.”

That left it up to freshman left-hander Ally Crakes, who allowed Gabby Dupree’s two-run single in the first inning but didn’t permit another runner to reach scoring position until a wild seventh inning, when the Grizzlies scored once before stranding the tying run at third base.

“I had to relax in the last inning,” Crakes said. “I tried to go blank mentally because if I don’t stay calm, it would have gotten to me and the game would have gotten away from us.”

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