IRVINE A wrist injury prevented Sunny Hills pitcher Mariah Ramirez from finishing her softball season the way she wanted to in the circle.
But the senior is feeling better and used her bat Tuesday night to write an exciting final chapter to her high school career.
Ramirez delivered a key, three-run double with two outs in the sixth inning to help the Green out-slug the Orange, 9-5, in the Orange County Coaches all-star game at Bill Barber Park.
The Tennessee-Chattanoga-bound Ramirez went 2 for 2 and won the game’s MVP.
“It feels amazing to win,” she said. “(This) makes me feel better.”
A bases-loaded double by Ramirez gave the South an 8-1 lead. It also followed a RBI single by league rival Frankie Juarez of Sonora.
Ramirez didn’t pitch the second half of the Freeway League because of tendinitis in her wrist.
The Freeway League teamed well with the Trinity League on the Green squad. La Habra’s Elena Valenzuela escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save for winning pitcher Mackensie Kohl of Mater Dei.
Kohl started in the circle and tossed two scoreless innings.
The Ohio-bound senior allowed one hit, struck out two and walked none. She stranded Huntington Beach’s Kelli Kufta at third base in the second after a leadoff double.
Mater Dei’s Kelli Godin batted lead off for the Green and collected a run-scoring single, walked, scored, stole a base and threw out a runner from center field trying to take third base on a single.
“When I saw that throw, I was like, ‘Oh, shoot, she’s out,’ ” Ramirez said of Godin, who also was considered for MVP.
The Green’s pitching staff also featured Paige Vargas of Santa Margarita, Chrys Hildebrand of Esperanza and Alexia Silvas of Fullerton before Valenzuela.
Peyton Cody of Mission Viejo helped the Orange finish with a fight. The St. John’s-bound right fielder nearly homered in the seventh but settled for a two-run double to make it 8-5. Cody’s drive blasted off the fence in center field, nearly clearing the fence 225 feet from home plate.
High school fields usually measure 200 feet from home plate.
“Kind of bummer but it’s OK,” Cody said. “I did think it was going to be a homer. It came off the bat nice and it felt good. … We battled, put some runs up. It was a good thing to see some team chemistry.”
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