Softball takes pair from Cal State East Bay
|Posted Feb. 23 2007|
After losses to Chapman and Point Loma last week, the Leopards softball team bounced back by sweeping a doubleheader against Cal State East Bay Friday.
The Leopards’ starter in the first game was pitcher Mary Olson, who kept East Bay scoreless until pitcher Star Stas hit a solo home run in the fourth inning making the score, 1-0.
The Leopards fired back though with two runs in its next at bats. Jodi Lindsay drove in Morgan Dobis while rounding the bases ending on third herself.
Next up to bat was Trisha McCormick, who hit a bunt driving in Lindsay making the score, 2-1. Throughout the next two innings, Olson shut down East Bay.
In the sixth inning, Lindsay, capitalizing on a bad pitch, stole second base then with a bad throw she went on home making the score, 3-1 while leaving McCormick on third base.
With McCormick on third, Jessica Smith hit a pop up over the middle running in McCormick making the score, 4-1.
With the anticipation of their first win, the Leopards remained strong in the seventh inning ending the game with a score of 4-1.
“We remained motivated throughout our losses, keeping our heads up and working hard for this simple reason, a victory,” said junior outfielder Trisha McCormick. The Leopards went on to win their next game against East Bay, 4-3.
“This win is the motivation we needed before we start league and face-off against our rivals, Redlands, tomorrow,” first baseman Jody Lindsay added. ?The season was not looking up for the Leopards when they got shut out 6-0 and 11-0 by Point Loma.
They then lost to Chapman, 8-3 and 11-10.
“We play really hard teams in pre-season, but I’m still confident in the girls that we will perform well in league,” head coach Anna Ferrara said. “Redlands is good competition, they always have been but even with those two losses I don’t doubt my girls and their ability to win.”
Ferrara is in her first season as head coach of the Leopards.
As long as La Verne’s pitching remains strong along with the team camaraderie, the Leopards have a good chance of beating out Redlands for first place this year.
“Redlands is known for their slapping so as long as we can shut that down and keep the rest of their team in check there is no reason we will not be able to beat Redlands or anybody else in league,” junior pitcher Karina Ortiz said.
The Leopards’ team slogan this year is “Believe.” Because they lost a core part of their starters it might seem like a set back but with the players’ faith and determination, they “believe” they will make it to regionals like last year.
Lauren Reed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.