May 9, 2012
Pleasant Grove freshman's walk-off grand slam sinks Sheldon

Freshman Kaylen Minnatee's two-out, walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning today lifted No. 4 Pleasant Grove to a stunning 4-2 win over No. 5 Sheldon in the Delta River League girls softball finale.

With the win, the Eagles (17-9, 7-3) secured the competitive league's No. 2 seed for next week's Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Defending Division I section champion Sheldon (15-9, 6-4), despite the loss, gets the No. 3 seed because of its two wins over No. 6 St. Francis (15-9-1, 6-4) in head-to-head play.

The Troubadours lost at home today 1-0 to league champion and No. 3 Ponderosa (17-7, 8-2).

Despite her freshman status, Minnatee is one of Pleasant Grove's top hitters this season. Her .371 average coming into the game was second only to junior slugger Lindsey Willmon (.462, eight home runs).

Minnatee also homered in a 6-4 win over Ponderosa on April 25.

Minnatee's slam today was only the third hit (Willmon had two singles) of the game off Sheldon ace Alexis Cooper.

The Arizona State-bound Cooper had given her team a 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the first, then the Huskies added another run on Amber Glenn's run-scoring ground out in the second inning.

But Pleasant Grove sophomore pitcher Celina Matthias, backed by a defense that made only one error, buckled down after that to earn her 10th win of the season.



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