Freshman Veronica Villarreal singled home Jocelyn Flattery for the winning run in the ninth inning, and pitcher Kristen Berlo struck out 16 Ventura Cougars as San Marcos won 3-2 in a Channel League softball game on Tuesday.
Berlo struck out two in the ninth inning to close out the second win of the season for the Royals (2-6, 1-1). The junior was huge with the bat, too, going 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Sandra Lopez singled home Berlo in the fourth inning to tie the score at 1-1. Berlo singled and reached second on a wild pitch.
The game went into extra innings tied at 1.
The Royals took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth. Berlo doubled and scored on a RBI single by Vicki Villegas.
But Ventura knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth on a solo homer by Kristen Lopez.
In the ninth, Flattery was hit by pitch and came all the way around to score on a long single by Villarreal.
San Marcos 3, Ventura 2
San Marcos…000 100 011 – 3 10 1
Ventura…100 000 010 – 2 4 1
Berlo and Flattery; Bernard, A. Esakoff and Lopez. W—Berlo. L—Esakoff.