Seawolves softball bounces back

The Sonoma State Seawolves softball team split their doubleheader against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday, March 1 with both games getting run-ruled in the sixth inning. 

The Seawolves were defeated in their first game against the Dominguez Hills Toros 13-3. 

Julie Davis, a sophomore on the team, started off the first game with a double and was batted in when number 17 Cameron Kirtlan jacked a two-run home run over the right-field fence. 

In the second inning, number 24 Jordann White followed up Kirtlan with another home run to right field.

Unfortunately, the Seawolves were held to only 3 runs for the rest of the game while the Toros managed to score in almost every inning until the sixth, when the Seawolves were officially run-ruled. 

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Getting run-ruled is extremely discouraging and most teams struggle to come back after such a devastating loss. However, the Seawolves managed to go into the second game with a refreshed attitude and with something to prove.

The Seawolves not only beat the Toros in the second game, but they took full revenge when they run ruled Dominguez Hills with a score of 10-2.

Talking about the improvement between the games Kirtlan said, “We changed our attitudes towards the things we cannot control. We focused more on what we can control and that was our cheering.” She went on further to say “We are able to feed off everyone’s energy’s so if one person is feeling a vibe we can easily catch on.”

Kirtlan has been hot all season and it was no surprise when she went 3-3 in the second game with 2 RBI’s.

Senior pitcher, Brielle Vidmar did a fantastic job at holding the Toros to only two runs the entire game.

When asked what made her pitching so successful against the Toros Vidmar said, “I started the game throwing hard, getting ahead of the batters and moving the ball well. My drop curve was looking good today and they struggled to get a piece of it.” She said, “The defense played well during the second games keeping the bases free to a minimum. I got a lot of easy ground balls and pop-ups throughout the game, keeping it easy on the defense.” 

Offensively, the Seawolves did a phenomenal job stepping up to the plate in the second game.

Senior on the team, Alee Balanon went 3-5 in her at bats against the Toros. Freshman Jordyn Martinez also did a great job going 2-4 with one home run.

Freshman Nicole Renner had a stand out performance at the plate when she hit two home runs for the Seawolves, resulting in 3 RBIs.

Renner explained her approach in the box when she said, “When I’m hitting I try not to think, but that doesn’t always work for me. My goal is to focus on the pitcher’s hip and try to find the center of the ball as quickly as possible, so I can square up and make solid contact.”

Day two of the Seawolves series against the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros was cancelled do to the rain. 

This upcoming Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, will be the highly-anticipated home series against UC San Diego Tritons.