Softball drops two to ’Dogs
Nobody is panicking yet.
Having lost four out of their first four games, the Lady Jacks softball team still have plenty of reasons to remain optimistic that this will not be a repeat of last year, where they only won one game.
For starters, the calendar, the weather and even the schedule at other schools have not been the team’s friend, forcing a string of cancellations that made this weekend’s doubleheader losses against Ellensburg their first game in weeks.
Secondly, the two teams they have had a chance to play are among the toughest in the league and the top teams in the state, and that’s never an easy way to begin a season, regardless of how cloudy the weather is or the future looks.
Against the Bulldogs, the Lady Jacks had a rough first inning of the first game, proof perhaps of their rust after weeks of waiting for a game. The Bulldogs batted around twice in that first frame.
“After that, we played them pretty tough, they scored two or three runs but we played them tough,” head coach Bill Gonzales said of his team. “You take away that inning and we had a great game against one of the top teams in the state.”
Ellensburg won the first game 18-0.
The second game saw Ellensburg repeat the recipe, using a strong early inning to put daylight between themselves and the Lady Jacks.
In the second inning of the second game, the Bulldogs batted one and a half times through, Gonzales said, “and got the runs they needed.”
Kalysta Alvarez doubled and scored a run for the Jacks in that second game, which the Bulldogs won 14-2.
“I’m real proud of the girls,” Gonzales said. “We just gotta get rid of those bad innings.”
The girls’ timing is not quite there, but that will come with practices and games.
“We have 16 more games to go,” Gonzales said. “I am pretty optimistic about our chances this year.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org