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: 106

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

Honoring the those who have served.

Navy surprises ailing WWII veteran at his home

wbaltv.com

Standing tall on his front porch and saluting, Ernest Thompson beamed with pride. Yards away in the middle of his residential street in Gardena, CA members of the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center were singing the Navy's official song "Anc...

Facebook1 hour ago · Reply
Lisa's event was featured
Thumbnail

Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo – two women explore the roads not taken, opens Aug 5 at Little Fish Theatre

August 5, 2016 at 8pm to September 3, 2016 at 8pm
Rapture, Blister, Burnby Gina Gionfriddodirected by Mark PiatelliAug 5 – Sep 3Two women covet each other's life, commencing a game of musical chairs — the prize being someone's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, Gina Gionfriddo's comedy "illuminates how hard it can be to forge both a satisfying career and a fulfilling personal life in an era that seems to demand superhuman achievement from everyone." – NEW YORK TIMES. Finalist 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama…See More
1 hour ago
Sarah Bullion's 3 blog posts were featured
1 hour ago
Sarah Bullion posted blog posts
1 hour ago
Christine Emhardt is now a member of San Pedro News Pilot
2 hours ago
Pasadena Music Scene promoted Pasadena Music Scene's blog post Bing Bing addresses tha Pasadena Music Scene with new Hip Hop track about his Beautiful Struggle
15 hours ago
Pasadena Music Scene posted a blog post

Bing Bing addresses tha Pasadena Music Scene with new Hip Hop track about his Beautiful Struggle

How many artists out there are frustrated? I mean, let's admit it. Doing the work. Performing the art. Recording the music. Whatever it is as far as production goes IS NO PROBLEM for the artist who has a genuine desire for these type of things. What we are frustrated about the most is... …See More
15 hours ago
Profile IconSan Pedro News Pilot via Facebook
Thumbnail

Time to make the donuts -- next summer...

First Dunkin’ Donuts in Harbor Area expected to open in Wilmington in summer 2017

dailybreeze.com

Dunkin’ Donuts has received the go-ahead to build a drive-through shop in Wilmington — the first in the Harbor Area.Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said plans for the…

See More
Facebookyesterday · Reply

© 2016   Created by San Pedro News Pilot.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service