CHINO HILLS >> Adding San Bernardino County players to the team opposing Orange County didn’t do much to change the outcome.
The Orange County softball all-stars scored five runs in the first three innings and went on to rout the Inland Empire all-stars 9-0 at Chino Hills Big League Dreams on Wednesday night.
In recent years, the game had been solely Riverside County vs. Orange County.
It didn’t help that Brooke Bolinger, star pitcher from Yucaipa’s CIF-SS Division 2 championship team, left for a travel ball tournament and did not attend.
Yucaipa was represented by outfielder Annie Bakenhus, who started and led off and head coach Dave Kivett, who served as an assistant coach for the game.
The Inland Empire offense struggled to get anything going against McQuillin, the defending Gatorade National Player of the Year who pitched in the Division 2 championship game against Bolinger. McQuillin allowed two hits and a walk and struck out eight in three innings.
The Inland Empire’s best chance to score came in the second inning against McQuillin when Norco’s Abby Lockman singled and Los Osos’ Ciera Schick doubled to send her to third, but McQuillin struck out the next three batters.
The Inland Empire’s first two pitchers, Schick and Citrus Valley’s Taylor Troost, struggled a little bit more than McQuillin.
Schick in particular had to deal with some defensive issues behind her and she allowed five runs in three innings, all of which were unearned. Troost pitched the next two innings. She struck out three and didn’t allow a run in the fourth inning, but allowed four runs in the fifth, capped by the game’s only home run, a three-run shot by San Clemente’s Lauren Kane.
In all, Troost struck out five batters in two innings.
Bakenhus, Troost, Cajon’s Brianna Cassidy and Kirsten Caudle and Redlands East Valley’s Autumn Gillespie represented the Citrus Belt League.
“It was cool. We got a picture together of the CBL players,” Cassidy said.
Cassidy had two one hit in two at-bats against McQuillin.
“I had faced her before, in travel ball and I got a hit,” Cassidy said. “I wouldn’t say I own her.”
Gillespie grounded out to second in her only at-bat in the game and Caudle singled once in her two at-bats. Aquinas’ Zoe Casas (0-for-2), and Grand Terrace’s Destini Peck (0 for 1) also played for the Inland Empire in the game.