Softball team struggles in Monterey

Despite coming off a 7-0 victory against Western New Mexico, Sonoma State University’s softball team struggled against Cal State Monterey Bay this weekend in a four-game series on Saturday and Sunday in Seaside. 

The series started off rough for the Seawolves with a first game loss of 4-1. In the first inning, the Otters scored one unearned run due to an error and ultimately stole home to score. 

Unearned runs seemed the theme of the game for the Seawolves. In the second and third innings, the Otters scored again, collecting all their runs off errors. This gave the Otters a 4-0 lead over the Seawolves, which they held for three more innings. 

Finally in the sixth inning, the Seawolves showed some light, scoring infielder Jenny Collazo from third base on a single by catcher Sarah Langley. Although Sonoma State was able to collect one run, it was not enough to defeat Cal State Monterey Bay. The Seawolves lost their first game of the series and the first game of the double-header. 

Despite this loss, the Seawolves needed to regain focus for the next game later that day. The next game started at 2:30 p.m., once again against Cal State Monterey Bay. In this matchup the Otters again came out hot, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings. In the first inning, Julia Garcia of the Otters homered to right center with two runners on base, which put CSUMB up 3-0 over Sonoma State.

Overwhelmed by the home run in the first, the Seawolves tried to stay strong, but in the third inning Julia Garcia of CSU Montery Bayarrived to the plate again. This time with no runners on base, the Seawolves pitched and she again answered back with another home run to right center. With the inning to still play, the otters scrapped together seven more runs.

Despite the big inning for the Otters, the Seawolves bounced back in their following at bats. In the fourth inning with one runner on, Lindsey Calcany Blair arrived to the plate and blasted a ball to left center scoring Madison Barto. 

Calcany Blair came up to bat again with runners on in the fifth, connecting with the ball and scoring a runner on a fielder’s choice. Unable to score any more runs, the CSU Monterey Bay advantage was 11-3. Unable to break the lead, the Seawolves fell in the second game of the double-header. 

The next game of the four game series was at noon on Sunday. Trying to bounce back, the Seawolves again had a tough first inning. The Otters again came out with hot bats and scored five runs early in the first. With the momentum of the game still in the hands of the Otters, they managed to score another three runs in the fifth inning. With the game in total control of the Otters, the Seawolves end up losing 8-0 to the Otters. 

The last game of the series started at 2 p.m. after the first game on Sunday, with Teresa Danenberg pitching. 

“I was really motivated, I was excited to have my turn to face the other team,” Danenberg said. 

This time it was the Seawolves’ turn. Two RBI’s by Barto and a huge double by Jenn Amaral, which scored three runs, gave the Seawolves five runs to start the game. With Sonoma State’s biggest lead of the series, 5-1, they knew they must capitalize on it. 

In the third inning, the Seawolves struck again with a massive home run by catcher Langley to right center. “It just felt so good” Langley said. 

The Otters, not giving up without a fight, hit a homerun in the third inning by Garcia which brought the score to 6-3, Sonoma State still leading. 

With no one scoring for two innings, the Seawolves continued their hit streaks by scoring five more runs in the fifth. Able to keep the lead, the Seawolves won 11-3. 

“We had a discussion about turning the page and then we just let it all out. We came together, put up our runs, and played behind our pitchers the way we know how to. Teresa Danenberg, our pitcher in the final game, also killed it,” Langley said. 

Hopefully the Seawolves can continue to stay hot for the rest of the season after this much-needed victory.