The Morro Bay High softball team didn’t realize its surprising postseason run was over until senior Kylie Gacad popped out to the centerfielder for the game’s final out.
With two runners on and their best batter up, the Pirates still had a chance.
But they couldn’t escape the inevitable.
“We really had high hopes,” Gacad said, “but every good thing has to come to an end.”
At the same time, the Pirates humbly accepted their 4-0 home loss to an all-round good team in Monrovia in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs on Tuesday afternoon.
The Wildcats scored twice in both the third and fifth innings.
Morro Bay made school history by winning its first two postseason games this season. The Pirates outlasted Gabrielino 8-7 in a wild-card game and then stunned Marlborough 7-1 to open the division tournament.
“I say all around, it was a good season,” said Gacad, who had two of Morro Bay’s six hits against Monrovia.
She also finished with two double plays from centerfield.
“With these girls, it’s always going to be a good season,” Gacad said.
She was one of the seniors who helped carry a Morro Bay team to a 14-12 overall record and 6-6 in the Los Padres League, which was a setback from last year’s first-ever league title the Pirates shared with Nipomo.
“The seniors were really disappointed. They really wanted to keep playing since they’re seniors,” Morro Bay coach Roger Pelletier said. “The seniors have accomplished a lot in the four years they’ve been here. The three seniors were the ones that carried our team. It’s for them, really.”
In the first inning, Morro Bay had two runners on before finishing the inning with three consecutive outs. In the sixth, Michelle Cordova — who also finished with two hits — got on third after Martinez’s double with two outs. That however was followed by a foul out.
And in the final inning, Carli Watt and Haley Lamb each singled before Gacad stepped up to the plate.
Each time the Pirates were in position to score, they ran into the same problem: Monrovia pitcher Adrienne Guerra. The sophomore had three strikeouts — all in the first two innings — but induced mostly groundouts and fly outs.
“We had some chances, but she’s a very good pitcher,” Pelletier said. “We’ve seen similar pitching before but we just couldn’t catch up to her on some of the pitches.”
“We’ve never really seen a fastball with movement,” Gacad added.
Monrovia, which made about a 215-mile trek to Morro Bay, had more than one standout. The Wildcats collected nine hits, with Tanya Galvin and Sami Saucedo each finishing with an RBI double.
“There’s some teams out there that has two or three dominant players,” said Monrovia coach David Guzman, who has seven freshmen and sophomores on his roster. “I got a whole team full of players who can get it done. Really, it’s just coming together and the team playing as a group.”