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Islander Softball Team Still Alive In CIF Division III Playoffs

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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:35 pm

Last week the Islander Softball Team, the No. 1 seed in the CIF Division III Playoffs, won their first game in the double-elimination event, defeating Mira Mesa 5-4. It was a spirited game from both sides, but a tad sloppy defensively as both teams committed three errors. Going into the fifth inning, the Islanders held a 4-1 lead over the Marauders. But a couple of Coronado errors, a couple of walks, and three base hits later, Mira Mesa tied the game 4-4.

The Islanders kept their wits about them and continued to play hard. In the bottom of the seventh inning, with two outs, Islander second baseman Janessa Hudson singled, took second on an error by the Mira Mesa third baseman, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a wild pitch to win the game.

There were some fine offensive performances turned in by Coronado, including a 3-4 effort at the plate by shortstop and lead-off hitter Jenna Roulan. She also scored twice and had an RBI double in the fourth inning. Other contributors included catcher Pita Lopez, who was 1-4, reached base twice on errors, and scored a run; Hudson was 2-4 with a double and the game-winning run; Islander third baseman Courtney Williams had a double, a walk and two RBIs; and Katelyn Smith converted a leadoff walk in the fourth into a run; and although she didn’t get a hit, freshman Anna Wong batting in the fifth spot in the lineup, probably hit the ball the hardest of anyone from either team, a line drive up the middle that got the Marauder pitcher’s attention.

Meanwhile on the mound, freshman lefty hurler Marianne Akre pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits to a good Mira Mesa club. Senior lefthander Cassidy Zolla pitched a three-up, three-down seventh inning to earn the victory.

Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the Islanders hosted Central Union High School from El Centro in a winner’s bracket game. Interestingly, the loser’s bracket games were played at 2 p.m., which isn’t the way most would have planned it, but there you go. Central Union is the No. 5 seed and defeated No. 4 seeded Mar Vista to advance and play Coronado. Central Union defeated Coronado 9-5, which simultaneously handed the Islanders (22-1-1) their first loss of the season and sent them to the Division III loser’s bracket.

“We played well defensively Saturday,” said Islander Head Coach Jay Kruer. “Our problem was we gave up four runs in the top of the first. But we came back and battled. In the bottom of the first, we scored a run to make it 4-1. They scored in the second and we had three runs in the fourth to make it a 5-4 ball game. They started hitting the ball well in the fifth inning, and they were clean hits. There wasn’t anything we could have done differently on the field. They are good hitters. Their guys have played together forever. Softball is the major Girls spring sport there and they play year around. Central Union plays a really upscale schedule. They earned the victory and played well. I’m really proud we didn’t fold our tents after they scored four runs early. We never quit.”

Williams had two RBIs in the Central Union game, with one RBI each coming from Amelia Hawley and Lily Sawi. Hudson went 3-3 in the game, Lopez was 2-3, while both Sawi and Smith had one hit each. On the mound Akre pitched one inning, Zolla pitched four and Smith closed the game and pitched the final two frames.

The loss means Coronado is scheduled to host another big-hitting team, this time the Oceanside Pirates, Tuesday at Coronado’s Green Field at 3:30 p.m. With one loss in a double-elimination format tournament, the Islanders have to run the rack through the tournament bracket without another loss. If they defeat Oceanside, Coronado’s next game will be Thursday at 12 noon at the Poway Softball Complex. If Coronado wins, they play again at 6 p.m. Thursday night. If they win that game, they will play Saturday in the CIF Division III Finals at 2 p.m., again at the Poway Softball Complex.

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