Armida Roman Blasts 3 HRs, SPHS Softball Wins 8th Straight

TORRANCE - It was almost something you'd normally do with regularity if it was a video game.

Except this was real life.

San Pedro High softball senior catcher Armida Roman came up to bat in the top of the fourth inning with one out against host South Torrance just looking to keep the inning going, but with the count 3 balls and one strike, she didn't want to draw a walk like she did her previous time up. So Roman just came up swinging.

And the rest... along with her next two plate appearances, would be history.

Roman would have every high school softball player's dream, not only connecting on the next pitch she saw for a booming solo home run, but she would do it again, and again, for a trio of home runs in one game, and the Pirates would need every bit of Roman's mighty power as they thwarted a last-inning comeback attempt from the Spartans to win, 8-7 in a wild intersectional showdown.

"It was amazing and exciting," Roman said of her awesome performance. "It was long overdue and I'm happy to help my team."

Even though Roman's 3-for-3, three home run, 4-RBI performance was breathtaking to behold, junior left fielder Cayla Ezelle and senior center fielder Doreen Corella also put on similar critical hitting showcases of their own respectively to galvanize San Pedro (8-2), who has now won eight straight after starting the season losing their first two games.

Corella led off the game with a single, stole second base, then scored on Ezelle's first of two RBI-doubles for a 1-0 San Pedro lead in the first inning. Corella led off the top of the third with a walk, then scored on another Ezelle booming shot to left field for a double, and a 2-0 Pirate advantage. Ezelle was extremely focused on both at-bats.

"I was locked in and wanted to score Doreen," said Ezelle, who went 3-for-4 on the day.

After Roman's first home run, South Torrance (1-4), who had lost 6-0 to San Pedro on March 5 in the Redondo Tournament which had started the Pirates' current win streak, would score two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut their deficit down to 3-2, but Roman would once again strike in the sixth inning.

Senior pitcher Jocelyn Kondash reached on an error to lead off the top of the sixth, then Roman would immediately make the Spartans pay on the very next pitch, drilling a crucial two-run home run which jump started a four-run inning that put San Pedro ahead, 7-2. The inning also included Corella scoring a third run off a passed ball, then junior third baseman Taylor Richter laced a two-out single to right field that plated senior first baseman Katrina Herrera.

However Roman was not through yet...

Even a pitching change wouldn't be the answer to South's problem, as Roman drilled the second pitch she saw over the left field fence for the record-setting third home run. Roman's approach in this at-bat never changed, and she didn't even think about hitting it out to make this at-bat all the more remarkable.

"I just wanted to get a simple hard hit," Roman said. "As (assistant coach) Doc (Allen) always tells me, start my hips and shoulders early and end strong."

Yet, the 8-2 San Pedro lead possessed after Roman's third round-tripper was not even close to being safe, as the Spartans would score five runs in the bottom of the seventh, highlighted by a bases-clearing one-out triple by Georgia Benoit, and a two-out solo home run from Jazmine Stokes, to make the Pirates sweat harder before junior left fielder Chase Wong's catch in the outfield finally ended the game, and added to the streak, two batters later.

"I think we're playing exactly how we should be playing," said Corella, who finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored for San Pedro. "We still have some things to adjust that even with an eight-game winning streak, as long as we make our adjustments, we will get better. I think this winning streak won't be dying down any time soon  and no one should count us out."

Especially if Roman's bat never loses its power after her long ball barrage.

"I thought that was pretty impressive to watch," Corella said of Roman's three-home run display.

Views: 115

Comment

You need to be a member of San Pedro News Pilot to add comments!

Join San Pedro News Pilot

Call (323) 200-9052 to learn more or click here to send an email.

San Pedro Weather

San Pedro News Pilot by email - sign up!

Delivered by FeedBurner

What is the SanPedroNewsPilot.com?

The SanPedroNewsPilot.com is the social network and information outlet for San Pedro.

Want to keep up with the news in San Pedro, become a member.


 

Membership has its privileges!

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.
• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of the new storefront or the school play? Upload them.

Latest Activity

SPMG Media posted blog posts
5 hours ago
Carolyn Kraft posted an event
Thumbnail

Taste of San Pedro at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles

August 6, 2016 from 5pm to 10pm
EAT. DRINK. CELEBRATE!The Taste of San Pedro is a culinary spectacle featuring gourmet food, handcrafted beers, premium spirits, and fine wines. Enjoy choice tastings from over 20 San Pedro and Peninsula area restaurants on Saturday, August 6th from 5pm-10pm.San Pedro’s newest craft brewery – Brouwerij West – will be pouring at Taste of San Pedro. Plus, there will be live bands, fire dancers, street performers and other exciting entertainment throughout the evening.JUST ADDED - Join us for…See More
18 hours ago
Lee Dworshak's photo was featured
Monday

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street's photo was featured

Mary Star High School Softball 2016

The official team photo of the 2016 Mary Star Of The Sea High School softball team.
Monday
Larry Richardson's 2 events were featured
Monday
Kimia Grigoriev's event was featured
Thumbnail

Free Doggy Photoshoot! at Promenade on the Peninsula

July 30, 2016 from 10am to 12pm
Is your dog begging for a new portrait? Then come to the FREE Doggy Photoshoot hosted by PVNet. Dress up your dog however you want, and we'll take care of the rest! Final photos will be emailed to you, so you can print your dog's portrait however you want.PVNet is located next to Pottery Barn and under Regal Cinemas.See More
Monday

Sports Editor
Jamaal Kellen Street's blog post was featured

One More Accolade For POLA's Analise De La Roca

Port Of Los Angeles High softball junior pitcher Analise De La Roca was bestowed upon with one final postseason accolade after her spectacular 2016 season.De La Roca became the fourth in the history of the program to be named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass Team and only the second to be named…See More
Monday
Carolyn Kraft is now a member of San Pedro News Pilot
Monday

© 2016   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service