Softball Seawolves defeat rival at home

This past Friday and Saturday, Sonoma State’s softball team played a four game series at home against Chico State. Although Chico State put up a tough fight, the Seawolves won three games out of four. 

In the first game on Friday, the Seawolves beat the Wildcats 4-1. 

In just the first inning, Sonoma started offstrong with plenty of hits, stolen bases and runs scored. Shortstop Ancia Purdy stole second base, putting her in scoring position. Amanda Rossetta came up to the plate and delivered a hit, allowing Carlie Daniel to advance to third base, leading to both Keeley Ray and Purdy scoring and the Seawolves taking the lead 2-0. By the end of the first inning, the Seawolves lead 3-0.

During the fourth inning, Seawolf Ashley Long added a run after a hit to right-center field by Olivia Lucchese. In the sixth inning, the Wildcats scored once, but that would be all as the final score of the seven-inning game was 4-1.

The second game on Friday the Seawolves continued to play very well and it was close the entire time as the game resulted in a 1-0 finish.

In the bottom of the second inning, Ray had a hit towards center field that lead to Holli Brown coming around to score the only run of the game.

During these games, pitchers Amanda Llerena and Mayleen Mazon only allowed seven hits and had 13 strikeouts combined.

“Chico State really didn’t make these games easy for the Seawolves. Both teams were there to play,” said senior Sonoma State student Armando Castillo. “But it was like it was meant to be for Sonoma to take the wins on Friday.”

On Saturday, the Seawolves came back fresh to play the last two games of the four-game series against Chico State. Unfortunately, the loss of the first game on Saturday kept Sonoma from sweeping the Wildcats. 

The Seawolves started off really strong during the second inning, when again Ray had a hit towards the shortstop and again Brown was able to cross home plate for a run. Shortly after the second inning was over, in the third inning, Chico State fired back with two runs and then added another later in the inning. The game went for seven innings and the score remained 3-1, making it the first and only loss for Sonoma in the four-game series.

“I would definitely say this weekend was not easy, but we pulled out three wins,” Llerena said.

In the final game of the series, the Seawolves came back strong, wanting to finish the way they started. 

The Wildcats were hoping to split the series with the Seawolves. 

In the third inning, Chico started off the scoring with three runs, and took a 3-0 lead in the game.

Innings passed and the score was still the same until the sixth inning when Sonoma scored their first run. Karly Macadangdang hit a line drive to left field that brought Ray home. The score was now 3-1 with Chico ahead.

As the seventh inning was coming to an end, the Seawolves tied up the game 3-3. Ray hit a double to left field and both Lucchese and Brown scored. Mazon was next up at the plate, got a hit and brought Ray home, making the final score of the game 4-3.

“I honestly didn’t think the girls were going to come through during the seventh inning,” sophomore Sonoma State student Brittney Hung said. “It was like watching the end of a movie when they came back with the tie. They deserved it.”

The softball team is in third place with an 18-9 record in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Seawolves will resume playing a game that was suspended against Dominican University back on Fe. 4. It will begin at 2 p.m. this Wednesday. On Friday and Saturday will be their last home games for the season against San Francisco State.