Rachel Garcia

Recap: Garcia caps win with a game-high 162 points and walk-off hit

Rachel Garcia © Athletes Unlimited, LLC 2022 / Credit: Jade Hewitt Media
Eric Rhew
Jun 19, 2022

SAN DIEGO — As a kid playing softball, you never wanted the game to end. For Team Gibson and Team Mulipola, Sunday’s AUX Softball game provided them an opportunity to relive a part of their childhood.

In a game that featured each team scoring seven consecutive runs at some point, it was Team Mulipola that claimed the final leaderboard points with an 8-7 victory in eight innings at SDSU Softball Stadium.

The win came in the longest game in Athletes Unlimited Softball history as the teams battled for two hours and 53 minutes.

Pitcher Rachel Garcia ended the marathon affair when her single to center field with one out in the eighth inning plated corner infielder Lilli Piper for the game-winning marker.

Garcia, who also started in the circle and threw 4.1 innings, posted a pair of hits in her three at-bats and was named MVP 1 for her efforts. The former UCLA star finished the day with a game-high 162 leaderboard points, including the 60 MVP points.

Catcher Sashel Palacios led Team Gibson in the loss by going 1-for-3 with a grand slam and five runs batted in, securing MVP 2 recognition. Pitcher Rachele Fico took home MVP 3 honors and 20 MVP points after giving up one unearned run on three hits over 5.0 innings.

HOW IT HAPPENED

After Team Gibson forced extra innings with seven consecutive runs over the fourth and fifth innings, Team Mulipola claimed the victory in the eighth with Garcia’s one-out single to center field, which brought home Piper.

LEADERBOARD IMPACT

Catcher Dejah Mulipola reclaimed the top spot on the leaderboard after registering 128 points to leap over corner infielder Sam Fischer, outfielder Morgan Zerkle and middle infielder Andrea Filler. Garcia’s 162 points allowed her to rise nine positions to the No. 21 spot, while outfielder Megan Wiggins made a 10-spot improvement to the No. 15 spot following her 150-point performance.

GAME NOTES

  • Team Gibson and Team Mulipola played the longest softball game in AU history, eclipsing the previous mark of 2:52 set by Team Hayward and Team Show on Sept. 6, 2020.

  • Palacios blasted a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning, becoming the first Athletes Unlimited player to hit a grand slam since Sept. 5, 2021, when Erika Piancastelli hit a grand slam against Samantha Show.

  • Team Gibson and Team Mulipola played the second extra-inning game of the AUX Softball season … Team Chidester outlasted Team Eberle in eight innings on June 14.

  • Both teams batted around in an inning during the game, marking the fourth and fifth times a team has sent at least 10 batters to the plate this season.

  • Wiggins’ home run in the first inning marked just the second homer hit in an opening frame this season.

  • Team Mulipola became the seventh team in nine games to win a game after claiming the first inning points.

GAME MVPS

  • #1 – Rachel Garcia (Team Mulipola, +60)
  • #2 – Sashel Palacios (Team Gibson, +40)
  • #3 – Rachele Fico (Team Gibson, +20)

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