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Moore’s Solid Showing
As she has been doing for quite some time now, Escondido’s golfing star Haley Moore recently turned in yet another noteworthy performance at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships.
In an event that was held at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs and featured 156 players from around the world, Moore definitely had her moments before being eliminated on the fourth day of competition.
The first two rounds of the event involved stroke play and the University of Arizona standout carded consecutive scores of even-par 71 that left her tied for 39th place, which was more than good enough to survive and advance to the match play phase.
And in her round of 64 contest, the long-hitting Moore jumped out to an early lead over South Korea’s Bohyun Park before closing things out with a 1-up victory. Early on, Moore was hitting it pure and thanks to three birdies on the front side, the San Pasqual grad owned a comfortable 3-up advantage after the front nine. But much to her credit, Park dug down deep on the backside and when she captured three holes in a five-hole stretch, the Korean had impressively drawn to within a stroke. But the clutch Moore remained poised and steady coming home and sealed the deal with three straight pars.
Returning the next day for her round of 32 match versus Yuka Saso of the Philippines, Moore got off to another good start by parlaying a pair of birdies into a one-stroke margin after five holes. But it was here that Saso began to make her move as she took four of the next 11 holes, thanks in large part to huge birdies at the 14th and 15th holes that basically shut the door on Moore and paved the way for Saso’s 3-up triumph.
No, it wasn’t the ending that the competitive Moore was seeking but her overall effort was certainly one that was deserving of kudos.
Esco team ponies up during run to World Series
Escondido Youth Baseball put together a nearly two-month stretch of play that was both magnificent and astoundingly clutch.
During that span, a team that was comprised of 12 youngsters – all of whom but one was age 11 – posted a spiffy 20-5 record and won a remarkable seven elimination games en route to a berth in the Pony Bronco-11 International World Series championship game where EYB ultimately suffered a 6-0 loss to a club from Chicago. Teams from China and Mexico were among those that participated in the WS that took place in Chesterfield, Virginia.
But despite the setback in the title tilt, the Esco kids truly did experience a magic carpet ride. Their propensity for coming up large when it mattered most was never more evident than at the Southern California super regional when the locals captured six straight do-or-die contests after dropping their first game in the tournament.
On July 30 and with its dreams of making it to the WS championship game on the line, EYB staved off elimination yet again by mowing down a team from Wilmington, N.C. by a count of 9-1 behind the three-hit pitching of Ian Fisher and a three-RBI performance from Max Farrell.
And though the youngsters from Esco didn’t quite get to the top of the summit, falling to the boys from Chi-town the following day, they nonetheless had proven themselves to be winners in every way imaginable.
In addition to Fisher and Farrell, other team members included Jake Fleming, Mason Garris, Jaxson Jenkins, Alex McGlasson, Luke Pirtle, Devin Robeson, Evan Seneres, Evan Slama, Brock Young and Nate Gonzalez. EYB was ably coached/managed by Steve McGlasson.
Writer’s note: Information used in this story about EYB was found in a San Diego Union-Tribune article by Don Norcross.

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