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Islander Softball Completes Undefeated Regular Season At 21-0-1, Earns Division III No. 1 Seed

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 11:56 am

There was a certain degree of inevitability to the last week of the regular season for the Islander Softball Team. They were scheduled to play three games, two against teams from the City League and the other one against Francis Parker, the team responsible for a 7-7 tie March 8, when the game was called due to darkness. That result became the only slight blemish on an otherwise undefeated season. Unfortunately the re-match between the Islanders and the Lancers didn’t occur, as Parker only had seven players healthy due to injury and they had to forfeit last Tuesday’s game. Ironically, the final score in a softball forfeit is 7-0.

The other two games were a 13-0 victory over a very young La Jolla Viking team and a 11-2 win road win at Morse. The only real importance of the final week of the season was the Islanders needed one league victory to win the City League title outright. Mission accomplished, as Coronado finished two games ahead of second place San Diego. The two victories did assist in solidifying the team’s No. 1 seed atop Division III for the coming CIF Playoffs, but more on that later.

To begin the week, the Islanders opened up by hosting La Jolla, and they promptly laid a seven-run first inning on the Vikings. In the four innings Coronado batted, they scored at least one run in each frame and the game ended via the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning. Head Coach Jay Kruer picked up the narrative, “We had kids leading off third base to make outs or the game would have never been over. They won Division IV two years ago and they’ll be back. They have a really good coach. Katelyn Smith was our pitcher and she didn’t give up any runs, just four hits, with no walks and she struck out seven. We had four stolen bases, with two coming from Jenna Roulan, and one each from Janessa Hudson and Pita Lopez before we put the brakes on. Hudson went 2-2 at the plate. In the first inning Marianne Akre, Amelia Hawley, Hudson, Roulan and Kelly Murray all had RBIs. It wasn’t much of a game.”

The Tuesday game against Parker was supposed to be Senior Day, to honor Roulan, Lily Sawi, Laiken Warner and Cassidy Zolla. However, the team moved the ceremony to Friday and added a team scrimmage, which included all the players on the JV and Varsity squads. Kruer said, “We had a blast during the scrimmage, which we wouldn’t have had time to do if we played against Parker. We had a pizza party afterwards. Freshman Anna Wong, who spent much of the season on the varsity, pitched for the JV, so we got to see some varsity-level pitching. She is a good pitcher and a fine hitter.”

Wednesday, Coronado traveled to Morse for the 11-2 win. In this game, Coronado held a 2-1 lead entering the fourth inning, where the Islanders scored five runs, followed by three more in the fifth to put the game away. “Morse is a good team and they will be in the Division IV Playoffs,” Kruer noted. “They are getting a brand new field this summer and they desperately need it. You can break an ankle in their outfield which has dips and there are valleys in their infield. We had 14 hits in the game including a single in the first by Akre that drove in two runs. She was also our starting pitcher and she went seven innings, gave up two runs and struck out eight batters. In the fifth, Warner, Roulan and Hudson all had RBIs. Hudson and Akre had three hits each and Sawi had two. We had a beautiful run-down play in the bottom of the sixth. Our catcher Pita Lopez trapped a runner between home and third, with our third baseman Courtney Williams and everybody handled their assignments. Also in the game, Hawley made a great catch in left centerfield to take away a hit from Morse.”

So now it’s on to the CIF Division III Playoffs. By virtue of their No. 1 seed, Coronado receives a First Round bye. Thursday, they will host the winner of the Mira Mesa vs. Helix game, which will be played Tuesday. If Coronado wins their game Thursday, they will host a game Saturday morning at 10 a.m. If they lose Thursday, they will host a loser’s bracket game Saturday at 2 p.m. Kruer said, “It’s a double elimination tournament. Hopefully we’ll stay in the winner’s bracket, where if we win two games, we’re in the Semi-Finals. All of our games will be at home until we reach the Semis, and then the games will be played at the Poway Sports Complex.”

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