Losing the first five games of a season is rough on a high school softball team, especially when some of the losses are lopsided. But when things start to jell, and the team gets close, a sense of confidence begins to grow.
Indeed, the Lady Broncos turned over a new page last week, going up against the Morro Bay Pirates junior varsity team and Avenal. The game against Morro Bay was a close draw that the Broncos barely lost by one run, 15-16.
The Morro Bay game was a let down for Coast Union since the girls were in the lead until the top of the fifth inning. It was just a few little errors that lost the game for the Lady Broncos. In that game, pitcher Ashlyn Silva knocked in two runs and had two hits.
On Saturday, March 20, it was an entirely different story against Avenal. Coast Union took command of the game in the fourth inning and ended up with an 11-point victory, winning 23-12.
With the Avenal pitcher tossing slow pitches against them, many players got the opportunity to swing big, like Ashlyn Silva who hit her first home run for the team this season. In fact, Silva had four hits in five at bats. Katelyn Lorenz was also a hot hitter, going three-for-five with four runs batted in.
This was the Lady Broncos first win and has boosted their confidence in hopes of creating a winning streak. The Broncos are working on their defensive skills and bunting for this week’s games. Tuesday the girls played King City at Coast Union and Thursday, March 25, they travel to Laton High School.
—Alexis Scrivner and John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian