It will be interesting to see if the 14-day window of time between the Lady Broncos’ last game and their next contest — Friday, April 5, at Orcutt Academy — takes away any of the sharp edge Coast Union High School has shown in winning their first three Coast Valley League games by lopsided scores.
Those paying close attention to Coast Union’s 2013 softball squad doubt that a two-week layoff will have anything but a positive impact on this strong, talented team. The players will be well-rested, to be sure.
Among the statistical leaders thus far this season are the sisters Patty and Gabby Bucio. Sophomore Patty, playing third base, has 10 hits and leads the team with 19 runs scored in just 22 official plate appearances. Patty has a dozen stolen bases and is hitting a lusty .455.
Senior Gabby has scored 12 runs, rapped eight hits and swiped 10 bases while knocking in 14 runs, tied with Cristina Plasencia for the team lead in that category. Patty has just four runs batted in, but she and her sister each have a pair of doubles. Patty has only struck out twice while her older sister has fanned five times, including two “looking” (i.e., not swinging).
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Meanwhile, junior catcher Plasencia is hitting at a .375 clip; she has nine hits (including two home runs and two doubles), 14 RBIs, six stolen bases and has struck out just once.
Sophomore Remy Corbet, playing second base, has scored 14 runs, knocked in seven runs and stolen 12 bases; she is hitting a solid .381 and leads the team in walks with 11. Sage Radecki, also a sophomore, has scored 13 runs, knocked in eight more, has a double and a homer and has stolen six bases.
In the pitching department, freshman Ellie Magnuson has carried the load, working 43 innings, giving up 21 earned runs (on 51 hits), and has fanned 50 batters; her ERA is 4.40. At the plate, Magnuson has 10 hits and a .400 average; she has knocked in nine runs and stolen four bases.
The next home game for the Broncos is at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, versus Cuyama Valley.