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2019 Islander Softball Team Remains Undefeated

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019 2:40 pm

Last week the Islander Softball Team (16-0-1, 5-0 City League) continued their winning ways with a 7-3 win over Morse and an 8-1 victory over San Diego. Head Coach Jay Kruer said over the weekend, “The kids are playing really well. San Diego is strong, and if they had won, it’s likely we would have been Co-City League titlists. It was a must-win against San Diego and the team realized that. We haven’t won a league title since 1996. They really performed.”

Kruer discussed the Morse game. “Morse has a lot of good hitters and they aren’t afraid to attack the ball. And their outfielders are good defensively. This was the second time we played them, and they came in with an Islander shift. They had their outfielders on the warning track, their corner infielders playing at the bag, and their middle infielders at short and second playing on the grass. That was the second team to have done that to us. Serra does that too. Our kids can powder the ball. The game was tied 3-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, with Cassidy Zolla on the mound. She gave up 11 hits, three runs, struck out eight and walked just one hitter. We scored three runs in the fifth, with two of the runs driven home on a single by Pita Lopez. Shelby Linde, Jenna Roulan, Courtney Williams, Zolla and Janessa Hudson all had multiple hit games and Sydney Dull had a hit as well. We cleared the bench because we have a depth of talent, and we’re not reluctant to bring someone into the game.”

Kruer went on to provide the details of the San Diego game. “This game was really tight. We scored two runs in the bottom of the first and our break out was in the fifth inning when we scored five runs. Lopez, Williams and Roulan all had multiple-hit games, with Lopez going 3-4. She is one of the best catchers we have ever had at Coronado. She picked two runners off first base in this game, with Katelyn Smith putting the tag on them at first base. What I like about the game was that our trailing runners knew what to do and kept advancing. We played great on offense, defense and with our base running. We played a complete game. Amelia Hawley had a perfect slide at home to score a run. As she slid by the plate, she touched it with her hands. Kelly Murray went in as a courtesy runner for our pitcher Marianne Akre and did a nice job. Defensively, Laiken Warner and Linde caught multiple flyballs in the outfield and did well. Akre allowed three hits, went the full seven innings, allowed one run, struck out six and didn’t walk anyone.”

This week the Islanders host Escondido Charter Friday at 3 p.m. Kruer said, “Escondido Charter is one of the top teams in Division IV. They like to play up (Coronado is currently ranked No. 1 in CIF Division III) and it will be a tough matchup. But our destiny is in our hands.”

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