Santa Ynez breaks through late to catch Royals

Six runs in the final two innings pushed Santa Ynez past San Marcos on Wednesday in a 6-4 non-league decision in favor of the Pirates.

The Royals led 4-0 after scoring three runs in the top half of the fifth inning. Santa Ynez woke up in the bottom of the fifth, plating three runs to cut the lead to 4-3. Three more runs in the bottom of the sixth was the difference.

Katie Guenther’s two-run double started Santa Ynez’s rally in the fifth.

The Royals collected 12 hits in total. Hannah Johnson, Angel Mermis, Stephanie Swann and Jennifer Barajas recorded two hits each. Barajas, Mermis and Swann added RBIs.

Kristen Berlo struck out 13 batters a day after throwing a no-hitter against Santa Barbara. The Royals return to Channel League play on Friday against those same Dons.


San Marcos 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 – 4 12 4
Santa Ynez 0 0 0 0 3 3 x – 6 9 3