After a home loss against Nipomo on March 5 — Coast bowed 17-6 — the Lady Bronco softball team came back to split a doubleheader Saturday, March 7, in the Santa Ynez Tournament.
The good news that emerged from the defeat at the hands of Nipomo was that for the first time in several years, the Lady Broncos took the game to seven innings.
“The fact that we played a full seven innings against Nipomo is pretty exciting for us,” said junior pitcher Ellie Magnuson. (Last season, Coast was blown out 17-0 in five innings against the Titans.)
Magnuson went 3-for-4, drove in three runs and struck out five in the losing effort against the Titans.
Meanwhile Coast Union defeated Orcutt Academy 8-5 in the first game of the Santa Ynez doubleheader but ended up on the losing side of an 8-2 score against Carpinteria in the second game.
In the first game, Patti Bucio went 3-for-3, and had two runs batted in. Ani Corbet had two hits and pitched two innings with one strikeout for Coast. Maddie May was 2-for-3 and knocked in three runs.
In the second game, pitcher Magnuson ripped a home run and Reagan Kniffen knocked in the other run for the Lady Broncos. Bucio went 2-for-3 in that game.
The win against Orcutt Academy was the first for the Lady Broncos. Junior pitcher Magnuson says she is confident that once the Broncos begin play in the Coast Valley League (CVL), they’ll be competitive again this year (Coast went 8-0 last season in the CVL).
“It’s nice that we have so many young players out this year — we’ll need them next year when we lose Patti (Bucio) and other seniors,” said Magnuson, who has been playing on a very competitive club softball team, the Salinas Storm, for three years.
Magnuson said she needs to stay mentally sharp because there’s a significant difference between the competitive level of club softball and the Coast Valley League.
One important thing the team needs to relate to is playing in the moment, and Magnuson said coaches tell players they need to have “memory loss” if they make an error. “Forget about it and move on.”
On Tuesday, March 10, Coast Union lost at Santa Maria, 10-5. Bucio, Magnuson and Ashley Martinez each drove in a run; and the Corbet sisters, Ani and Remy, went two for four.
Coast Union entertains Morro Bay today, Thursday March 12, at 4 p.m.