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American Girl 12 (2A)
1999 Memorial Tournament
Game Summaries

(Clairemont Mad Dogs)

NOTE: Many of these summaries may refer to the Clairemont players by only their first names. For the complete team roster please refer to the team roster page.

1999/05/31 @ 8:00 am
Clairemont - 4
Lakeside - 7

The Cinderella story came to an end as Lakeside defeated the Clairemont Mad Dogs 7 - 4 in the semifinal round of the Memorial Day Tournament.  Lakeside managed just 3 hits out of the infield but took advantage of some Mad Dog miscues to post the winning score.  Clairemont rallied to within 2 runs in the 6th behind Gina Klempan's triple to the fence in center scoring Annie Sullivan and Michael Hrenko.  The throw to the plate got away from the catcher and Gina slid under the tag but the umpire called her out.  The Mad Dogs left 10 girls on base through the 7 innings and never gave in.

Congratulations on the best finish ever for Clairemont - 3rd place out of 11 teams!  A big Clairemont hats-off to the manager Sandy Helmer, coaches John Preovolos and Ray Hrenko, and chaperone Dodie Halshaw, all the parents, brothers, sisters and friends and especially --- THE MAD DOGS (RUFF!!!!)  Kelsey Bray, Kelly Drake, Kyrstin Gemar, Karlee Halshaw, Michael Hrenko, Kaycee Keville, Gina Klempan, Doni Marr, Megan Nares, Lindsey Preovolos, Annie Sullivan, and Katie Steege.

Submitted by Michael Steege

1999/05/30 @ 8:00 pm
Clairemont - 17
Rancho San Diego - 8
The Mad Dogs of Clairemont capped off their miracle day by demolishing Rancho San Diego 17-8 in the final of a four-game sweep.

Tied 4-4 into the top of the 5th inning, Doni Marr led off with a triple to right.  4 hits and 3 walks later, Clairemont had achieved a 10-4 lead that would grow to 17-5 into the bottom of the last inning.  Having played four consecutive games in one day, the Mad Dogs (and their parents and coaches) wearily celebrated their victories and made plans for their return the following morning.

Submitted by Michael Steege

1999/05/30 @ 6:00 pm
Navajo- 8
Clairemont - 9
The Clairemont Mad Dogs, coming off a big upset win over Valley Mesa, continued their surprising day by defeating Navajo 9-8 in another tight squeaker.  Trailing 7-3 into the bottom of the 5th, Kaycee Keville started a 3 run rally with a single to left.  With the bases loaded, Karlee Halshaw brought home two with a shot to left.  Down by one with time expiring, Michael Hrenko singled to center and eventually advanced to score the tying run on Kyrstin Gemar's slow roller to first.  

Again the tie breaker rules were enforced and Navajo took a one run lead.  Kelly Drake started at second base.  Kaycee Keville laid down a perfect bunt, beating out an errant throw to first that scored Kelly, to again tie the game.  With Katie Steege at bat and Kaycee having advanced to third, base coach John Preovolos sent Kaycee on a wild pitch.  Kaycee slid under the tag for the winning run.

Submitted by Michael Steege

1999/05/30 @ 4:00 pm
Valley Mesa - 11
Clairemont - 12

Rebounding from an 11-0 loss the previous evening, Clairemont beat Valley Mesa 12-11 in an exciting finish. Trailing 5-2 into the bottom of the third inning, Michael Hrenko lined a drive to right field to send Annie Sullivan to 3rd.  Gina Klempan brought in the run on a soft grounder to short.  Kyrstin Gemar walked and Kelly Drake followed with a single to left.  Once the dust had settled, the Mad Dogs were leading 6-5.

Tied 6-6 going into the bottom of the fifth, Clairemont rallied for 3 runs, when Gina Klempan doubled to the right centerfield fence scoring 2 runs.  Gina later took third and stole home.  

Valley Mesa took a 10-9 lead into what was to be the last inning, but Megan Nares beat out a bunt that scored Doni Marr with the tying run.  With the time limit exceeded, the international tiebreaker rules were enforced.  Starting with a runner on second, Valley Mesa scored 1 run to lead 11-10.  Clairemont's Kelsey Bray beat out a little pop fly that dropped on the third base line, sending Karlee Halshaw to third.  With the bases loaded, Gina Klempan had the game-winning hit to centerfield scoring Kelsey with the winning run.

Submitted by Michael Steege

1999/05/30 @ 2:00 pm
Clairemont - 7
La Jolla - 4

The Clairemont Mad Dogs battled to a 7-4 victory over La Jolla behind the fine pitching of Kelly Drake along with timely hitting and fielding.  Leading 1-0 into the second inning, Megan Nares looped a soft fly over the third baseman, allowing Karlee Halshaw to kick off a 4-run rally.  Clairemont kept La Jolla scoreless through 3 innings.

Leading off the fourth inning, Karlee Halshaw scored giving the Mad Dogs a 6-0 lead.  Leading 6-4 after 4 innings, the Mad Dogs added an insurance run on Gina Klempan's single that scored Annie Sullivan.

Submitted by Michael Steege

1999/05/29 @ 4:00 pm
Valley Mesa - 11
Clairemont - 0

After the first two runless innings, it looked like this would be a low-scoring, tight game.  But in the 3rd inning Valley Mesa began bringing runners across the plate.  Despite Clairemont's good hits, fast base stealing, and some good defensive teamwork in both the in and outfield, Valley Mesa managed to bring in 11 runs in 6 innings, soundly defeating Clairemont 11-0.

Submitted by Lenny Gemar
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