Fans, families and friends that are following the talented Coast Union varsity softball team have witnessed a season of success that thus far exceeds that terrific season the Lady Broncos had in 2012.
Last year the team tied North County Christian for the Coast Valley League title — both schools ended up 11-1. But there is a significant difference between the two seasons; after four league games in 2012, Coast was 3-1, but this season (coming into this week) the Lady Broncos are 4-0.
Taking a look at the cumulative scores after four league games in 2012, and juxtaposing those tallies with 2013, there is a striking contrast. To wit, the combined scores for their first four league wins in 2012: Coast Union 69, opponents 26. In 2013 the Lady Broncos are winning by more lopsided scores: Coast Union 81, opponents 7.
That having been pointed out, the Lady Broncos have five league games remaining before the CIF playoffs begin, and while assistant coach Toby Cinque knows that some of those games will likely be one-sided in Coast’s favor, he also knows staying concentrated is an absolute priority notwithstanding the under-achieving opponents.
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“We still have to play each game as if it will be our toughest opponent,” Cinque explained. “Our toughest obstacle right now is staying focused and finding a way to get better in practice each day.”
The truth is that if players convince themselves that they are a lock to win any given game they are about to play, Cinque continued, they “…will likely not play their best game. If we had our choice we would play evenly matched teams each game.”
Meanwhile, coming into this week’s play sophomore Patty Bucio leads the Lady Broncos with a sparkling .447 batting average and an impressive .611 on base percentage. Patty also leads the team with 17 hits and 29 runs scored in 13 games (including preseason), and she has swiped 19 bases.
Junior Christina Plasencia is hitting a hefty .421 with 16 hits (including 3 doubles and 2 home runs), 21 RBI and 23 runs scored. Sophomore Remy Corbet leads the Lady Broncos with 23 stolen bases; she also leads with 18 walks and she has scored 23 runs and is hitting a solid .371.
Freshman pitcher Ellie Magnuson has given up 27 earned runs in 67 innings and has an ERA of 3.63. At the plate Magnuson is hitting .395 with 17 RBI and a .531 on base percentage.
Senior Gabby Bucio (Patty’s sister) leads the team with 23 RBI; she has stolen 15 bases, is hitting at a .349 clip, and is second on the team in runs scored with 26.
The next home game for the Lady Broncos is April 30 versus Orcutt Academy at 3:30.