With the close of the 2006 softball season, the La Verne softball team went out in style.
Not only did it sweep Cal Lutheran, it captured its 30th win in Thousand Oaks last Friday.
In the first game, La Verne was just warming up by defeating the Regals in a close fought battle of 3-2.
“It was a close game but we all knew we were going to win,” senior Amanda Jones said.
In the first inning shortstop Jessica DiGiacomo hit a shot to center earning a single but advanced to second on an error by the centerfielder.
Jones then came up earning a single that would score DiGiacomo.
After a outstanding pitching performance by junior Mary Olson, Cal Lu would only earn three hits scoring two.
Jones would score again in the sixth with a RBI single from junior Suzy Riker putting the game at 2-0.
In the final inning the Leos would score one more run by an RBI triple from senior Kelly Silagyi.
Though the Regals would come back to score two in the bottom of the seventh, it would not be enough to over power La Verne.
Olson went seven innings striking out four walking three earning her 14th win of the season.
In the second game, both teams were off to a slow start.
After a scoreless first inning, La Verne would be first, to put points up on the board.
With a single by junior Morgan Dobis, sophomore Trisha McCormick would come to bat hitting a RBI single to right field.
Cal Lu would quickly respond with two runs in the bottom of the second but that would not be enough to stop La Verne’s rally.
The Leopards would respond with five runs in the third.
With runners on second and third, Silagyi would bunt earning a single as well as a RBI.
With sophomore Jodi Lindsay on third and Silagyi on first, Jones would come to bat hitting a double to left field scoring both Lindsay as well as Silagyi putting the score at 3-0.
With two more runners on base, McCormick would hit a two-run single, putting the score at 5-0 at the end of the inning.
“The inning went our way in all aspects,” Jones said.
In the fourth La Verne would score two more runs off an error and a double by Silagyi.
After a quiet fifth inning, and scoring one more run in the sixth, the seventh inning belonged to the Leopards.
With two outs, Silagyi would come to the plate for her final regular season at bat, producing a double earning two more RBIs.
Next up came Jones for her final at bat hitting a two-run homerun.
The scoring would not end there, Dobis would also hit a homerun producing back to back homeruns for the Leopards, also putting them in second for most homeruns by a team in Division III with 47.
La Verne would win 15-7, freshman Kelly Ince earning her eighth win of the year going four innings and Olson would pick up the save going three innings.
La Verne has earn them a spot in the regional tournament going 20-4 in SCIAC and 30-10 overall.
“We are ready for regional play. Not just to play but to dominate,” Silagyi said.
Not only did the Leos place second in SCIAC but six players earned first team all conference honors including senior first baseman Ashley savage, Olson, Dobis, Jones, DiGiacomo, Silagyi and Lindsay.
In addition to her all conference honors Silagyi was named SCIAC player of the year for her second time in her four year career.
In 2004 she earned player of the year honors as well as All-American honors.
“With our talent and a good week of practice we should be ready to compete and win,” Olson said.
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