SPHS Softball Withstands Early Blow, Beats Narbonne

It hasn't been a good run as of late for San Pedro High softball in games against legit CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I teams.

The Pirates, after winning 13 straight games, would go 0-4 against the likes of defending champion Carson, Banning of Wilmington, and of course, twin defeats, one narrow and another demoralizing, to the new Division I kid on the block, crosstown neighbor Port Of Los Angeles. 

Once Narbonne of Harbor City junior catcher Sonia Escalera blasted a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the first inning, a feeling of deja vu began to creep in the heads of San Pedro.

However, this resilient bunch would not surrender easily, let alone allow another potential shocker against the Gauchos happen like last year's game at San Pedro, where left-handed pitcher Kaitlin Buff befuddled the Pirates in every way imaginable with 13 strikeouts in a 2-1 win for Narbonne, their first over San Pedro since 1997.

With a trying April now fully behind them, San Pedro would not only get three clutch hits when they needed them combined with four Narbonne errors, they did exactly what they wanted to do, not split with the Gauchos.

The end result was a 7-2 Marine League victory for the Pirates as they prepare for a critical week next week with road games at Carson on May 6, and Banning on May 9 as they try to clinch a potential first round game at home for the City Section Division I playoffs.

Despite the early home run from Escalera, San Pedro senior pitcher Jocelyn Kondash pitched a rare complete game that was tantamount to the success of the Pirates (17-6 overall, 4-2 league), as she hurled a five-hitter with two walks and a season-high of seven strikeouts.

"I had to focus on the fundamentals," said Kondash on her mental approach in the circle after Escalera's home run. "If I give 100% on the mound, it sets the tone for the rest of the team."

Kondash ended the game in style by striking out Narbonne sophomore right fielder Paisley Aroujo, which was promptly followed by junior catcher Alexa Ponce firing a bullet to fellow junior second baseman Johnie Cortez to erase Narbonne junior courtesy runner Jailka Dixon for a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play.

""I was so angry that I let (Narbonne courtesy runner Anika Baker) steal on me, so I wasn't going to let another runner do it," Ponce said on the game-ending play. "And I was so proud of Jocelyn for throwing so good and accurate."

San Pedro had several chances to score off Buff, now a sophomore, but didn't capitalize in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out bases loaded situation as Cortez's fielder's choice ended the inning, allowing the Gauchos (6-11, 2-4) to get out of the inning unscathed. With one out in the bottom of the second inning, the Pirates loaded the bases again, but junior left fielder Cayla Ezelle lined out to set up Ponce.

With the count 1-and-1, Ponce drilled a single to right field to drive home senior shortstop Angelina Boskovich and senior center fielder Doreen Corella that evened the score at 2-2, then the biggest hit of the day came courtesy junior third baseman Taylor Richter.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ezelle legged out an infield single as she beat the throw to first from Narbonne junior shortstop Audrina Villela. Ponce then reached on a fielding error, setting the stage for Richter, who then blasted a perfect shot down the left field line for a triple that drove in Ezelle and freshman courtesy runner Andrea Trejo that put San Pedro ahead for the first time at 4-2.

"I knew I had to score the runs for our team and break the tie," Richter said.

Cortez would score a fifth run in the bottom of the fifth inning off a wild pitch, then Boskovich's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning that drove home Richter and freshman designated player Andrea Cline would effectively put the game out of reach for San Pedro.

Richter, who hit two home runs in an earlier league win over Washington on Tuesday, is starting to heat up in going 2-for-4 with the two-RBI triple, and a run scored for San Pedro, and Ponce went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as well. Corella also went 2-for-4 for the Pirates, who will finish off El Segundo Tournament play on Saturday with two games, starting with the fifth-place semifinal against Santa Monica at 9 am.

"I'm excited to see my team give it their all throughout the entire game," Kondash said. "We are a very good team and I know that if we play to our full potential, we can accomplish anything."

Views: 79

Tags: 2014, High, Pedro, San, School, Softball

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

Profile IconSan Pedro News Pilot via Facebook
Thumbnail

Exploitation and Recovery of Antarctic Whales

sanpedronewspilot.com

American Cetacean Society - Los Angeles Chapter FREE Monthly Speaker Series Tuesday, January 27At 7:30 p.m.Whales in Antarctica: Age of Exploitation, Age of Re…

Facebook23 hours ago · Reply
Bernardo Alps posted an event
Thumbnail

Exploitation and Recovery of Antarctic Whales at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

January 27, 2015 from 7:30pm to 9pm
American Cetacean Society - Los Angeles Chapter FREE Monthly Speaker Series Tuesday, January 27At 7:30 p.m.Whales in Antarctica: Age of Exploitation, Age of Recoveryby Ted Cheeseman, owner and expedition leader for Cheesemans' Ecology SafarisThe Antarctic oceans boast the world’s greatest productivity, home to well over 1 million great whales before the whalers came. Yet in the 20th century, all species larger than Minke Whales were removed to commercial extinction. What were the consequences?…See More
yesterday
Larry Momo aka Thomas W Irons posted a blog post

Curmudgeon Corner - Poke In the Eye?

My Thoughts for January 25, 2015Well, now House Speaker John Boehner has an ally in the Senate, namely Mitch McConnell, the new Senate Majority Leader to help him belittle and make the President look less presidential.  Neither republican likes the idea of the President taking credit for the country’s rebounding economy or the fact that he claimed credit for the millions of new jobs added to the work force.  Well, it’s a fact Speaker Boehner and it should be noted that trickle-down economics…See More
yesterday
Rollo Hartstrom Jr. posted photos
yesterday
People's Place & Palace's event was featured
Thumbnail

People's Place Presents: Swing Peedro Valentine's at People's Yoga Health & Dance

February 14, 2015 at 7pm to February 15, 2015 at 1am
Come to People's Palace for a magical night of dance fun featuring the swinging tunes of the Fabulous Esquires Big Band, lead by Director Eric Bundin. This wonderful 14 piece orchestra and their incredibly talented vocalists make SWING PEEDRO the best monthly social dance event in town!Come to dance or come to just listen, or socialize; dancing is not required. We have a very comfy listening area; just listening to and appreciating this tremendous band will fill you with delight!! You'll hear…See More
yesterday
Marlene Bauman's event was featured
Thumbnail

Empty Bowls Soup Supper at First Presbyterian Church

February 7, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8pm
From Seaside Studios San Pedro, please join our community for a great event!$20 ticket includes hand painted bowl of your choice, endless soup, salad, bread and drink. Desserts available for purchase. Larger bowls available for an additional $5 donation. Bowls were glazed by participants all over the community. You may…See More
yesterday
San Pedro Bay Historical Society's event was featured

First Sunday Speaker Series at San Pedro Library

February 1, 2015 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
The San Pedro Bay Historical Society presents Bill Muller, descendant of William Muller, as part of their First Sunday Speaker Series. The topic of the talk is titled: “The Connection between the Banning and Muller Houses”. The event will be held on Sunday, February 1, in the Community Room of the San Pedro Library at 931 Gaffey Street from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Please note that the Muller House Museum will be closed that day. For more info go to…See More
yesterday
Profile IconSan Pedro News Pilot via Facebook
Thumbnail

#SanPedroCA - Thanks for supporting the arts!

Mobile Uploads

We want everyone to have a chance to see our Pick of the Vine Season 13 show, but we've already sold out this Friday & Saturday! Make sure you get tickets now to either Sunday's matinee or next week's shows before they sell out too!…

See More
Facebookyesterday · Reply

© 2015   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service