Sonoma State’s University’s softball team went to the Montana State University Billings Desert Stinger Tournament with only one mindset: victory. The Seawolves played five games this past weekend at Majestic Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.
They played against Montana State Billings, California Baptist University, Northwest Nazarene University, Saint Martin’s Saints and Regis University. They were not going to let what happened at home during the last week affect how they played this weekend. Catcher and third base, Taylor Batey, mentioned how they received motivation before starting their first game that weekend.
“We had a meeting that night before the Desert Stinger and I feel like it really opened our mind and attitude,” Batey said.
We were playing for each other and [generally] happy for each other.”
The first game of the weekend was on Friday against Montana State. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Seawolves made their first score. Shortstop Ancia Purdy made a fielder’s choice hit, and outfielder, Mayleen Mazon, went running to home base making their first score of the game. The game against Billings ended with the score 6-5, making it the first win of the weekend for Sonoma State.
The second game’s score versus Cal Baptist Lancers was 9-6. Lancers definitely put in a fight during this game, as they weren't giving up easily. Pitcher Amanda Llerena made a record during that game of her first career save.
“Beside fighting it by myself mentally, I think it was so great to look back at my infielders and them getting me through every single pitch, talking me through every single pitch,” said Llerena. “They made it easy for me to fight through every time, giving me strength and the mental strength to make it happen.”
With just two games down for the weekend, the softball team was worried about being able to keep the winning streak going away after they lost two games at home last week. The third game was against Northwest Nazarene, where they ended within five innings, leaving the game 15-4. Batey was proud of the team’s outcome.
“It felt really good because we just got swept at home, [it’s] not fun. To be on the road is difficult too because you’re not on your own field,” Batey said. “So you don’t know how a bounce is going to go or if a ball is going to bounce off a wall. It was really good to be on the road and bring five wins.”
The game against Saint Martin’s was also only played for five innings with the end result of 14-6. Second base, Holli Brown, made the first homerun of the game, leading the team 3-0 in the first inning.
“The biggest strength of the Saint Martin’s game [was] being able to come together as an offense and produce as well as having Mandy (Llerena) pitching a great game,” said Purdy. “Whenever we had a not so clean inning out of defense, we came together as a team and used our offense to keep the momentum on outside.”
The last game of the weekend for the Seawolves was against Regis University. This game was a great way to end the weekend for the softball team.
“I was there fighting for my team, wanting to remind us we’re in it,” said first baseman Amanda Rosetta. “It helped us remember we’re in it, we’re winning, we’re on top and gave us that extra [bump] that we needed,” said Amanda Rossetta, first base player.
The team went in the first inning making seven runs that gave them confidence about the game. Rossetta also said they couldn’t let the confidence get to them because the team never knew if the other team was going to come back up and take the lead. During the fourth inning, Rossetta made a homerun that brought the team to a 10-0 lead by the end of the game.
“We had energy the whole time and now going forward, I just think every tournament, I’m going to make sure my team knows I’m there for them,” Rossetta said.
The softball team is playing this weekend at home to start off conference play. They are playing five games against CSU Dominguez Hills, Academy of Art, and CSU San Bernardino.
Disclosure: Ancia Purdy is a staff writer for the Sonoma State STAR.