Brito homers twice in same inning as Pacifica softball rolls to victory over Cypress

  • Pacifica’s Alyssa Brito hits her second home-run of the second inning, this one off of Cypress reliever Camryn Addimando, during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pacifica’s Alyssa Brito rounds the bases after hitting her second home-run of the second inning against Cypress during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Pacifica’s Alyssa Brito is welcomed at home plate by teammates after hitting her second home-run of the second inning against Cypress during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A memorial banner to Pacifica Coach Mark Campbell hangs on the left field fence during their game against Cypress during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cypress starting pitcher Maddy Wilson throws to the plate against Pacifica during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pacifica’s Alyssa Brito hits her second home-run of the second inning, this one off of Cypress reliever Camryn Addimando, during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cypress starting pitcher Maddy Wilson throws her mitt in the dugout after being taken out of the game in the second inning against Pacifica during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pacifica starting pitcher Julia Cabral throws to the plate against Cypress during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cypress’ Macey Keester tracks down a fly ball against Pacifica during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pacifica’s Alyssa Brito hits her second home-run of the second inning, this one off of Cypress reliever Camryn Addimando, during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pacifica starting pitcher Julia Cabral throws to the plate against Cypress during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pacifica watches from the dugout as Cypress starting pitcher Maddy Wilson throws to the plate during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pacifica starting pitcher Julia Cabral throws to the plate against Cypress during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cypress starting pitcher Maddy Wilson throws to the plate against Pacifica during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Pacifica starting pitcher Julia Cabral throws to the plate against Cypress during their Empire League softball game at Pacifica High in Garden Grove on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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GARDEN GROVE – The Pacifica softball team is using all of the skills it learned from Mark Campbell, the team’s beloved coach who died nearly a month ago, and playing each game determined to make him proud.

The No. 8-ranked Mariners pounded out 10 hits, including two home runs in one inning from Alyssa Britto, in a 10-0 victory over No. 10 Cypress in an Empire League showdown Tuesday at Pacifica High School.

The mercy rule was invoked, causing the game to be stopped when the Mariners (13-3-1,7-0) took a 10-run lead over the Centurions (16-8-1, 5-2) in the fifth inning.

Pacifica has scored at least 10 runs in its past three games, and won by shutout in five of seven league victories. The Mariners have won their past three games by a combined score of 34-0.

“They’re focused” said coach Marty Mojica, who is sharing head coaching duties for Pacifica with coach John Rooney. “(Campbell’s death) has really brought this team together. He built this team and we’re just trying to keep it going.”

The Mariners put the game away with an eight-run second inning, scoring seven times with two outs. They sent 12 batters to the plate and collected nine hits.

Britto led off the second with a home run to right-center and then drove in the seventh and eighth runs of the inning with a two-run homer to left.

Also in the inning, the Mariners got RBI singles from Lanaia Leuta, Carli Kloss, Amber Soch and Lilyanna Martinez.

“It’s just good to produce for me team,” Britto said. “It’s a good feeling, obviously, running to home and seeing them there (waiting to congratulate her) …”

Brito was asked what Campbell would have likely said after such a big victory Tuesday.

“If anything, he’d (Campbell) say it’s expected,” Britto said. “He had such high expectations. He’s definitely here.”

Jacquelyn Bickar doubled home Britto in the fifth inning and then scored the game-ending run on an error one batter later.

“The girls are really focused on having good at-bats,” Mojica said.

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