In an intense regional semifinal softball game against their rivals, West Orange (26-1), the team lost, 0-3.
The first inning was uneventful and while sophomore Kelsi Smith hit a ball to left field, but the left fielder caught it. In the second inning, freshman Lara Dusing hit a line drive over third base and advanced to first base; however, she was not able to score. Similarly, senior Ciara McCoy hit a base hit up the middle earning a single, but no one else hit after her to bring her home.
In the first five innings of the game, the rivals remained in a stalemate and neither managed to score any runs because of the protective defense from both sides. Outfielders and seniors Sara Galvis, Ciara McCoy and Ashley Vega made no errors throughout the entire game.
However, in the sixth inning, the infield cracked under pressure and made several errors, allowing West Orange to score three unearned runs. The softball team earned three consecutive outs and were unable to get on base.
In the seventh inning, the softball team’s defensive skills came into play again. Left-fielder, Galvis sprinted toward the fence and caught a flyball in foul territory. Subsequently, center-fielder McCoy dove for a ball in between left and center field and made the second out of the inning. Senior Chase Cassady then struck out the last batter to end the inning.
Cassady struck out a total of six Warriors Tuesday night for her final high school softball game.
Despite their strong defense in the seventh inning, the team did not manage to score runs and lost 0-3.