Archive » April 8, 2010
PIRATES' SOFTBALL FIGHTS BACK IN DEFEAT
By Taylor Kelso, Journal Intern
Even with Santa Ynezís loss of 12-8 against Morro Bay on March 30, the team exposed their vigor and refused to be trampled upon. By forging a score of 11-3 at the top of the 4th inning and concluding the game with a 5-run rally againsts Morro Bay, the Pirates put up a fight.
Despite Morro Bayís nearly instant head-start, their excessive runs were put to a stop with Santa Ynezís defense. In the top of the 5th inning, Katie Guenther struck out three Morro Bay players, two of which were consecutive. Furthermore, the Pirates threw out 3 batters in a row in both the 6th and 7th innings, settling Morro Bayís score with 12 runs total. Guenther alone struck out a half-dozen players throughout the game, while several other Pirates contributed to the teamís strength. First baseman Alice Mullin negated two runners with assists from Heather Kunkle and Guenther, along with shortstop Kelly Lockwood, who delivered one of the three-in-a-row outs in the 6th inning.
In addition to brilliant defense, Santa Ynez completed the game with an impressive streak of runs. From the bottom of the 4th inning onward, the Piratesí five additional runs were attained by Mullin, Carly Taylor, Sabrina Sanchez and Jillian Rashaud. Taylor was able to achieve two runs due to Kunkleís RBI, while first batter up of the 7th inning Sabrina Sanchez made an epic home run. The crowd was impressed by the force that came out of this young player; it was announced as her first home run of the season.
Although the score proved Morro Bayís triumph, Santa Ynez confirmed their ability to stay in the game. With the Piratesí motivation to advance and expose their reliable techniques, the team rallied to stay competitive. After the game, coach Chris Robinson said, ďCome and watch us play again. Itís a new day.Ē