The way the Coast Union softball team has been dominating Coast Valley League opponents after the first five games raises the question: Will any CVL team actually score a run against the Lady Broncos?
At the risk of jinxing this talented team, it is a legitimate question, because in the first five league games Coast has outscored opponents 85-0, including a 15-0 win over Cuyama Valley on Friday, April 17.
Coach Rocky Fordyce has his team firing on all cylinders. Ellie Magnuson and Ani Corbet are pitching very effectively, and the defense has been dependably efficient behind the pitchers.
It is also clear that the hitters are making good contact; and while no individual statistics have been posted by the team in MaxPreps, the box score after each game tells the tale. To wit, against Cuyama Valley the Lady Broncos rallied for 11 runs in the first inning.
In a case like this, right away a visiting team with less talent than Coast becomes dispirited. From one perspective, it’s kind of sad to watch a struggling team be mercilessly pummeled — when they not only don’t hit Coast pitching but their defense is porous.
From another perspective, it’s any team’s goal to hit the ball, score runs, and on defense catch the ball and record outs, notwithstanding the quality of the opposition. The Lady Broncos have been superb at exhibiting those skills.
Friday against Cuyama Valley, junior Magnuson pitched a perfect game and struck out 11 Lady Bears in the process. Senior Remy Corbet had three singles, a walk and knocked in three runs. Her sister, freshman Ani Corbet, was 2 for 4 with a triple, single, a walk and two RBI.
Senior infielder Patty Bucio was 2 for 4 with a double, single, a pair of walks and two runs driven in. And freshman Alyssa Drew drove in two runs for Coast with a single; she also walked.
This week’s game
The next home game for the league-leading Lady Broncos (5-0 in the CVL) is scheduled for Friday, April 24, against Valley Christian, a team Coast defeated 14-0 in March.