Alexa Wetmore didnt join the Arroyo Grande High softball team until about a week ago.
Her duties with the schools girls basketball team finally ended March 13, but not before she sprained her hand in the final game. The injury prolonged her return to softball as she had to be medically cleared.
On Friday afternoon, the senior centerfielder showed that shes getting back into a nice groove. Wetmore hit a two-run single to left field in the second inning that ignited an Eagles rally in a 6-2 home win over San Luis Obispo in PAC 7 action.
Alexa came up big, Arroyo Grande coach Kristin Ciecek said.
It was a much-needed win for the defending league champion Eagles, who were shut out 4-0 by Atascadero on Tuesday.
For the next two days, Ciecek said her team worked exclusively on hitting. The practice paid off.
The Eagles (7-5, 2-2 PAC 7) got nine hits, with Charlette Yracheta and Jill Compton each finishing with two hits and one RBI.
Besides giving up a two-run home run in the sixth inning to San Luis Obispos Samantha Rivas, Compton a Fresno State signee had a strong outing in the circle. She struck out 14 batters and gave up just two hits in a complete-game effort.
She also got out of a jam in the second, when she caught a line-drive in the circle and then threw out the runner at third to end the inning.
I feel like everything was working really well for me, said Compton, who struck out four batters twice in an inning. I didnt have a very good game against Atascadero, so this game made me feel better.
Ciecek also noticed a difference.
I thought she was on today, she said about Compton. And even the pitch on the home run, I thought it was a good pitch. She did a really good job. Overall, I think she had a real good performance.
After Wetmores game-changing hit, the Eagles continued to roll. They jumped out to a 5-0 lead after an RBI single by Mariah Solis in the third, and RBI hits from Compton and Maurisa Dominguez.
San Luis Obispo (4-5, 1-3 PAC 7) made it interesting with the two-run homer in the sixth, but the Eagles responded with an insurance run after Yrachetas RBI single in the same inning.
In the last game (against Atascadero), we didnt even score, so just scoring in the first place was a big thing for us, Wetmore said. It pumps up our team from the beginning. Starting off like that was good. We just had more energy today and we just all put it out there.