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Foothillers keep cool in the end

05/28/2016, 9:00pm PDT
By Terry Monahan

Grossmont survives late rally by University City to win San Diego Section Division III crown

Grossmont players cheer their Division III title Saturday at UC San Diego. The top-seeded Foothillers streaked through the double-elimination playoffs with four straight wins.

With a four-run lead in the top of the seventh inning, top-seeded Grossmont High needed only three outs to end a five-year championship drought in softball.

But No. 5 University City didn’t make it easy, rallying for a pair of runs before freshman pitcher Samaria Roope induced a comebacker for the final out to clinch a 5-3 victory over the Centurions for the San Diego Section Division III title Saturday at UC San Diego.

“This is all new to me and all amazing,” Roope said. “This feels a lot better than I thought, but it probably won’t hit home until much later.”

Roope, who gave up two first-inning hits for a run, held University City (21-11) scoreless until Alexi Wyckoff’s two-run single sliced the deficit to two runs, leaving the go-ahead run at the plate with two outs.

When it was over, Roope had allowed six hits while striking out five for Grossmont (23-10).

The Foothillers took a 2-1 lead on Megan Malwitz’s solo home run to open the fourth inning. Chloe Camarero singled in one run, a second run scored on an error and Taylor Baez’s single chased home the fourth run for a 5-1 lead.

“After the first, I told myself they wouldn’t score again,” Roope said. “The seventh just got away from me. I guess I was looking forward to that last out too much.

“I didn’t panic, but one more run and I would have.”

Camarero and Baez were both 2-for-4. Baez drove in two runs and Camarero had one RBI.

“I feel really good the seniors will leave with a championship patch,” Roope added.

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