No. 1 ranked Wildcats sweep Seawolves at home

Last weekend the Sonoma State University softball team went 0-4 in its series against school rivals, the Chico State Wildcats. The first game of the doubleheader Chico State had a quick lead to start the day off, commanding a 5-0 lead in the third inning. 

The Seawolves responded in the fifth on a single from Malory Masajlo who would score Karly Macadangdang, allowing the Seawolves to get on the board, 5-1. The sixth inning, Alex Flores scored on a double by Alee Balanon, closing the Chico lead to three runs. The Seawolves weren’t able to capitalize and lost to the Wildcats 5-2. 

The Seawolves, unfortunately, weren’t able to pull out a win and lost the second game 11-7. 

Saturday’s doubleheader was just as tough as the last one, leaving the No.18 ranked Sonoma to lose the first game, 6-2.

In the second game, Brigid Ruiz pitched for the Seawolves, only giving up two runs out of five hits. But still wasn’t enough for the Seawolves as they came up short in the last game of the series, 2-0.

After going 0-4 this weekend with the ranked No. 3 Chico, players reflected on the loss

“I feel one of the biggest obstacles we had was not executing the little things, such as not being able to capitalize on outs or giving the other team free bases,” Macadangdang said.

“Well, we knew this weekend was going to be one of the toughest battles yet,” Gabby Dupree said. “I think Chico did a great job at capitalizing on some of our mistakes and having timely hitting. As for our performance, I think we did better than most teams in this conference, especially offensively against this team. Most teams were not able to score the amount of runs we did against their pitching staff.” 

Both seniors reflected on the weekend and gave a positive outlook on what’s to come for the rest of the season. 

“Our focus as a team is to focus on the little things,” Macadangdang said. “Take one pitch at a time, one out at a time. I feel like all we can do as a team is learn and stick together and keep pushing through.”

Dupree said she looks forward to the next two weeks of the regular season.

“I think considering that we just competed with one of the best pitchers in conference, we are confident that we will be able to attack the rest of the pitchers and teams that are on our path,” she said. “This is just one stop on our championship journey and we’re only going up from here.”

The Seawolves fall to 25-18 for the overall season, while Chico State improves 39-3. Sonoma State currently sits tied for third place in the CCAA standing with Stanislaus State. Up next the Seawolves face the San Francisco State Gators at home for another four-game series.