Grossmont (17-7, 9-2) got two runs in the second when Karen Rivera dropped a fly ball in center field hit by Ana Landeras. Grossmont went up 3-0 in the same frame on a balk by Jennifer Briseño that scored Landeras.
Both squads had quick innings from the bottom of the second to the bottom of the fourth before an error and a triple pushed the Griffins ahead 7-0. An RBI single by Randi Allen, a triple by Alexis Powell and a wild pitch that allowed Powell to score were the top of the fifth's big plays.
The bottom of fifth looked to be more of the same for IVC after the first two batters were retired, but Liliana Corona smacked a triple to right field. Corona then scored on an error to make the score 7-1.
With two outs in the top of the sixth the Arabs let two runners get on via errors. Powell then ripped an inside-the-park home run down the left field line, making the score 10-1. That home run came against relief pitcher Michelle Briseño. Grossmont added another run, following another Arab error, on a single by Katy Snyder to go ahead 11-1.
IVC manufactured four runs in the sixth, thanks in part to an error on a ball hit by Erika Baxter. Baxter hit into what looked like the third out but first baseman Powell couldn't glove the throw from shortstop. Jennifer Burgos scored on the error and Lillian Morales followed with an RBI single that scored Nicole Morlet for an 11-3 score.
Mariel Martinez kept the inning alive with another single to center field that scored Michelle Briseño. A bad throw home allowed Morales to come around, making the score 11-5, and Martinez started to round third as Grossmont struggled to get the ball under control. Martinez gambled and went for home but was tagged out on a close call.
"Our bats have been coming alive late in games but our defense keeps letting us down," Lerno said. "We're having a lot of trouble staying at our peak playing level."
Lerno's squad will play at San Diego City at 2 p.m. Friday.
Mountain Empire 8, Calipatria 4
PINE VALLEY — The Calipatria High School softball team fell to Mountain Empire 8-4 here Tuesday.
Jenny Freeman led Calipatria with a double and an RBI.
Calipatria will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. April 18 at home against Julian.