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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 4:29 pm

As a rule of thumb, if you are undefeated on the season, with just three regular season games remaining, your team gets to lead off Nado Natterings. That is the case with the Islander Softball Team, which enters this week with an overall record of 18-0-1, and 6-0 in the Central League. In addition, they are atop the CIF Division III Power Rankings, where they should remain if they win out this week.

But first, we’ll recap last week, as the Islanders defeated Serra 12-1 and then two days later, defeated Escondido Charter 6-0. Islander Head Coach Jay Kruer takes us through both games, starting with City League rival Serra. “They have an interesting team, with a leadoff slap hitter, who is really good. The last time we played Serra, she went 3-3. This time we put in a slap defense and she didn’t get a hit. Our shortstop Jenna Roulan made a really good play on a short hop and threw her out at first. The second time she was up, Courtney Williams who was playing third base, lunged for a soft liner and caught the ball in the tip of her glove, and almost got a double play at first. Then our pitcher Cassidy Zolla went for the slap hit and threw her out at first.”

Coronado had the lead 4-1 entering the fourth inning, and then scored three in the fourth and five in the fifth inning to put the game away. Kruer said, “In the fifth inning, Roulan, Pita Lopez, Janessa Hudson, Williams and Shelby Linde all had RBIs. Zolla got the win, pitching four innings, with Katelyn Smith pitching the fifth inning to finish up. Williams was 3-3 at the plate and we stole seven bases in the game. Lopez had three of our stolen bases. She is a smart, fast baserunner and very disruptive on the bases.”

Although a Division IV team, (Coronado competes in Division III), Escondido Charter is a strong team which plays most of their non-conference games against upper division teams. “It was a great game Friday,” Kruer said. “It was 0-0 going into the bottom of the third. Roulan hit a triple and we worked hard in practice on the play that followed. Lopez was at the plate and we ran a squeeze play that worked so well. The Girls were going crazy in the dugout. It was cool that something we practiced was executed well and the other team wasn’t expecting. We wound up winning 6-0. Smith got the win, pitching four innings, giving up no runs, one hit, no walks, while striking out two. Marianne Akre pitched three innings in relief, allowing one hit. I was pretty impressed with our pitching. We had one error and they had four. Lopez, Lily Sawi and Roulan all had multiple-hit games. We had three stolen bases against a good catcher. Roulan had a double and a triple in the game.”

This week the Islanders host La Jolla Monday at 3:30 p.m.; they host Francis Parker at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, with the game starting later to accommodate Parker; and the last regular season game of the season is at Morse Wednesday at 3:30 pm. With wins over La Jolla and Morse, the Islanders will win their first league title in softball since 2010. Kruer added, “The kids really want to beat Parker, because the only smudge on our record is our tie game with them. Parker is a smart ballclub and they capitalize on all mistakes. If we win out this week, we should get a first round bye and host a playoff game.”

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