Softball’s errors add up, loses double header

By Marc Anthony Martinez

The softball team lost both games at home in a double header Thursday, against Victor Valley College due to errors and bad at bats.

The Huskies lost the first game 8-2 and the second game 11-7.

Despite losing both games, Head Coach Erika Blanco saw some things the team could do to improve. She said the team had a lot of errors and hitting issues that had to do with a loss of momentum and eventual defeat in the second game.

“Unfortunately, we had a lot of errors on defense, a lot of pop ups and flyouts,” Blanco said.

In the second game, the Huskies short stop/pitcher Sophia Priebe hit a two-run home run to give the Huskies the lead during the bottom of the first inning 2-1.

“I knew it right off the bat. I went up there with confidence. I got my timing down, and it just went out,” Priebe said.

Priebe added another run in the bottom of the second inning, and Alicia Amaya hit a double. This pushed three runs in.

In the top of the fifth inning, starting pitcher Alexis Romo gave up two back-to-back singles and a walk before being substituted by Priebe. In the box score it said Romo pitched all 14 innings but that was not the case.

“It was the fifth inning that I got a bit frustrated, and I was a bit sore, but I feel like I did pretty good,” Romo said.

Romo also pitched the last two innings in the first game.

“This is the most I pitched in my whole college career since I started. I feel like I did good, and the only reason I did good was because I kept myself up mentally, which is a very big thing for me,” Romo said.

The Huskies were up 6-3 in the top of the fifth inning when Priebe came into pitch. She gave up two singles that inning which allowed 5 total runs and gave Victor Valley the lead, 8-6.

“I am a little worn out from this past week. We had four games, but I think knowing how I came out you can’t really tell. So I think I did okay,” Priebe said.

The Huskies scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning trailing by one run, 8-7. That is as close to a comeback that they had as Victor Valley added more runs from Husky errors in the next two innings. This gave Victor Valley the win.

“I thought they threw well for us to win that game, we just couldn’t make the plays on defense,” Blanco said. “There was a glimpse of good stuff.”

In the first game, the only runs the Huskies scored were off singles from outfielders London Taylor and Arianna Urias in the second inning.

Taylor went 3-3 with one RBI.

Blanco said all 16 players on the roster are new players and all freshmen. She said the other players either transferred out or didn’t play.

The Huskies only have two pitchers this year, Priebe and Romo. Blanco said once they start conference play, they go down to two to three games a week and Priebe and Romo should be able to handle it.

“These two should be able to lead us. They are doing a good job. Just take away the errors, it’s a different outcome this game,” Blanco said.

The Huskies are working on any issues they have, as well as working on the good things that came from both games.

The Huskies start conference games this week..

“We have a tough conference, the toughest in the state. It’s going to be tough, but I think we’re ready, as ready as we’ll ever be,” Blanco said.

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