The opposition’s talent level facing the Islander Softball Team increased a notch or two last week, and the scores were closer, but the team remained undefeated with a record of 12-0-1. The three victories included a 4-2 win over Hi Tech High San Diego, a 5-3 win over San Diego High, and a 12-5 win over Serra.
Islander Head Coach Tony Isabella said of the High Tech game, “They have an outstanding pitcher who is about six feet, two inches tall. She was tough, but we came through to win the game. We had some outstanding infield defense to help stop the rallies they tried to start. In the game, Jenna Roulan was 2-4 with a double; Shelby Linde was 1-3 with a triple; and Janessa Hudson was 1-3. We had just four hits and they committed seven errors. Roulan made the play of the year when she was a runner on third base. A ball was hit hard to their third baseman, who threw the ball to first and Jenna stole home. Courtney Williams had an outstanding defensive game at third as did Roulan at short. They both went deep into the hole a couple of times to make plays. Jenna stole two bases and Linde had one.”
On the mound for the Islanders was freshman Marianne Akre who pitched six innings, gave up three hits and struck out eight. Isabella continued, “Cassidy Zolla pitched the seventh inning and was our closer for the day. She had one strike out and preserved the victory.”
The road game at San Diego marked the beginning of the City League portion of the schedule for the Islanders. Isabella said of the win, “We had several outstanding defensive plays from centerfielder Laiken Warner that helped. Linde was 2-4; Roulan was 1-4 with a double; Anna Wong was 1-4, but she hit a tremendous home run into right center field over the fence; and Warner laid down two excellent bunts to move runners into scoring position, one of which went for a base hit. Another big hit came from Lily Sawi with a triple. Zolla pitched five innings and gave up eight hits. Then Akre pitched two innings and struck out three. Zolla returned to finish the game.”
The Serra game was deadlocked 5-5 through five innings, then the Islanders put seven runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth to pull away for the 12-5 win. Isabella said, “Amelia Hawley played in the outfield and did an outstanding job. She was also 1-2 at the plate. Roulan was 3-5 with two doubles and hit leadoff for us; Linde was 2-5 with a triple; Warner was 2-4 with a double; Sawi was 2-4 with a double; Williams was 3-4 with two doubles; while Hawley stole two bases and Roulan stole three. Wong pitched five innings and gave up 10 hits and struck out five. Then Zolla pitched the final two innings, giving up one hit and she had one strikeout.”
In scheduled action this week, Coronado plays Wednesday at La Jolla Country Day and Friday the team travels to La Jolla High School, with both games set for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.