Sonoma State softball team start season 3-2 at MSUB Desert Stinger Tournament

The Sonoma State University softball team has managed to build a 3-2 record for the 2018 season so far in the Las Vegas Tournament after an emotional roller coaster of a weekend. The team played against Saint Martins, Western Oregon, Northwest Nazarene, Western Washington and Hawaii Hilo. The team managed to only lose two of five games this weekend; on Saturday against Western Washington and Sunday against Hawaii Hilo.

The team started off strong as it beat Saint Martins 5-4. Usually, teams use their first game as a warm-up game to test the waters. The Sonoma Seawolves managed to do the opposite, as they came out swinging. Sarah Langley, senior, and Cameron Kirtlan, freshman, helped with their strong hits to get on base and eventually bring their team home. The team scored once in the first inning and twice within the fifth and eighth inning. With the help of their defense to protect their win Teresa Danenberg, sophomore pitcher, only let four hits and one unearned run slip past her.

Despite the win, the team lost to Western Oregon University later that day, 4-3. As Danenberg stepped out, Gabby Dupree, senior, was able to help the team with five strikeouts, but gave up seven hits with four runs. However, Sonoma State did go down fighting, as it scored once in the second inning and two in the fourth inning.

Utility player Lindsey Calcany Blair, junior, was able to lead the team offensively in both games, as well as go 4 for 6 with two RBIs and one run scored.

This loss may have upset the girls temporarily, but the team managed to pull itself together. 

“We all have that drive and bond together, which makes us more than just a softball team,” Calcany Blair said.

As Saturday rolled around, the girls were able to defeat Northwest Nazarene and Western Washington. The team beat Nazarene with a score of 5-4. The two teams were constantly battling throughout the game. Sonoma State scored in the first inning, twice in the seventh inning and twice in the eighth inning. Nazarene scored twice in the fifth inning, once in the sixth inning and once in the eighth inning. There was a dry period second to the fourth inning, and it was an intense game between the teams all the way until the end.

To finish up their second day, the team demolished Western Washington with a win of 9-2. This game belonged to Karly Macadangdang as she scored in the first, fourth and fifth. The Seawolves scored in the first inning, five times in the fourth inning, and once in the fifth inning. With all of the momentum building up, freshman Julie Davis stole home in the sixth inning.

After defeating Western Washington, the Seawolves got smacked by Hawaiian Hilo. Unfortunately, the team lost 12-2. Hawaii came out to dominate the Seawolves as it conquered in an 8-0 lead. Even though Kirtlan tried to restore the Seawolves’ momentum with two runs, it could not bring the girls a win. 

The girls did not end the weekend with a strong win. However, there is always room to improve, as this is the beginning of the season. 

“We are really trying to be a dominant force in our league and continue that consistency into postseason,” Calcany Blair said.