Sahvanna Jaquish homered once; twice … make that six times during a recent high-octane softball tournament.
High-octane, that is, including plenty of power hitting.
Jaquish smacked nine out of the park while playing among some of this nation’s top softball players.
On the final day of the Athletes Unlimited Softball season, Jaquish’s Team Piancastelli overcome a seven-run deficit to post a 9-8 win at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Ill. on Sept. 12.
The occasion was the final weekend of the season -- play will resume in August 2021 -- in a gathering of this nation’s top players assembled in Rosemont, Ill.
It was Jaquish’s three-run blast in a fourth-inning burst that started the comeback. Jaquish, a Redlands East Valley High product, eventually tied for the league lead with nine home runs.
The slugging deadlock came with teammate Erika Piancastelli. A friendly rivalry, perhaps?
“Probably not for her, but I wasn’t going to let her do that by herself,” Jaquish said. “I respect Erika Piancastelli 1,000 times over. She has been one of my friends since McNeese and Louisiana.
“She’s just a great captain, and I think we can all attest to that. She is genuinely rooting for you every single time.”
Earlier in the season, Jaquish put on a power display that included three home runs over a two-game span against legendary left-handed pitcher Cat Osterman.
Osterman has plenty of collegiate, Olympic and professional accolades to last a lifetime, including a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games. Jaquish, meanwhile, barely missed making the roster for Team USA’s Olympic roster.
Jaquish, a multiple All-American catcher-third baseman at Louisiana State, was named MVP of that tournament played in September. One of her home runs off Osterman gave Team Hayward a 3-1 lead in an eventual 4-1 win in Rosemont.
That turned into Osterman’s first loss after winning seven straight games.
“I’m just being aggressive,” said Jaquish, who earned 40 MVP points for each homer and another 10 when she was hit by a pitch. “She [Osterman] is a great competitor, like [teammate Hayley Wagner] was saying. So it’s a battle every time I step in the box against her. Just being aggressive and trusting myself.”
Jaquish, an All-CIF player at REV, wound up hitting .432 in tournament play.