Amanda Chidester

Recap: Garcia tallies 228 points with efforts in the circle & box

Chidester delivers walk-off victory for Team o'Toole

Amanda Lorenz, Amanda Chidester © Athletes Unlimited, LLC 2022 / Credit: Jade Hewitt
Eric Rhew
Jun 23, 2022

SAN DIEGO — Pitcher Rachel Garcia was going to do everything in her power to get Team O’Toole to the winner’s circle during the first game of Thursday’s AUX Softball doubleheader at SDSU Softball Stadium.

And it certainly showed on the scoreboard and the leaderboard as Team O’Toole outlasted Team Zerkle for a 4-3 victory in eight innings to begin the final series of the season.

Garcia, who accrued 228 leaderboard points, earned the win after throwing the most innings by a pitcher this season. The former UCLA standout spun 6.2 scoreless innings and scattered just three hits while striking out a season-high six hitters.

In addition to her performance in the circle, Garcia went 2-for-3 at the plate and was named MVP 1 for the third time this season to receive 60 points as part of her total.

Middle infielder Sierra Romero and corner infielder Amanda Chidester each registered two-hit performances for Team O’Toole, which outhit Team Zerkle by a 9-6 margin. Chidester earned MVP 2 distinction for the performance, while Romero was the MVP 3 honoree.

Six different players registered a hit for Team Zerkle. Rookie pitcher Georgina Corrick took the loss in relief after surrendering one unearned run on two hits over 4.1 innings with two strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED

After Team Zerkle forced extra innings by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning, Team O’Toole secured the victory in the bottom of the eighth inning when Chidester singled down the left field line to bring home Romero.

LEADERBOARD IMPACT

Team captain Danielle O’Toole moved into first place on the leaderboard with her 80-point performance in the victory. She joins catcher Dejah Mulipola and outfielder Morgan Zerkle as the first players to reach 1,000 points on the leaderboard this season.

GAME NOTES

  • Thursday’s Series Three opener marked the second time a home run was not hit in a game this season, including the second straight game.

  • It also marked the third extra-inning game this season … All three games have needed just one extra inning to determine a winner.

  • The teams combined to leave 13 runners on base.

GAME MVPS

  • #1 – Rachel Garcia (Team O’Toole, +60)
  • #2 – Amanda Chidester (Team O’Toole, +40)
  • #3 – Sierra Romero (Team O’Toole, +20)

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