After being bombed by Morro Bay 11-1 on Thursday, March 12, the Coast Union softball team had an opportunity to balance the books against the Pirates in the Santa Ynez Softball Tournament three days later.
Coast took full advantage of that chance and defeated Morro Bay 13-4, as Patty Bucio drove in two runs and scored three times, and Ashley Martinez also knocked in a pair of runs and went 2-for-3 at the plate. The score was tied 3-3 going into the sixth inning, when Coast blew the game wide open with 10 runs.
Earlier in the day Coast played Pioneer Valley, a Pac 7 team, and was dominated by the bigger school in an 11-0 setback. Ellie Magnuson and Maddie May had the only two hits in that game for Coast Union.
Head coach Rocky Fordyce said his team is strengthened this season by having two capable pitchers. Fordyce has third-year pitcher Magnuson and freshman Ani Corbet, who led the 14-and-under softball team Coast Riptide to a Gold Medal in the California State Games Junior Olympics tournament in San Diego last summer.
Corbet pitched all 31 innings for the Riptide in that tournament, giving up 12 earned runs and striking out 23 hitters. She hit at a .529 pace in the tournament and had a .600 on-base percentage.
Fordyce also said his six freshmen are “all doing a fine job in the field and at the plate.” The coach said the strategy in preparation for Coast Valley League play (opening March 24) is to “refine all our skills and adjust to the team we will play. We are trying new positions for the players, and working on different batting techniques.”
Along with his two pitchers, he has two catchers, Reagan Kniffen and Janelle Bohey. “It’s the first time catching in high school for both,” the coach said.
The next home competition for the Lady Broncos will be a doubleheader against Orcutt Academy Saturday, March 21. The first game begins at 11 a.m.; Coast defeated Orcutt 8-5 on March 7.
The Coast Union boys tennis team was expecting to play a match against Orcutt Academy at home Thursday, March 12, but because of a scheduling snafu, Orcutt didn’t show up, Coast Union coach Shannon Jackson said.
Meanwhile, talent continues to rise to the top of the Broncos’ roster. Jackson reported that her top seed, Alexis Mireles, may soon be challenged by Jimmy Welch and Max Rodriguez. Welch and Rodriguez are “very strong players who have surprised opposing coaches,” Jackson explained.
She also said Asher Armstrong, “a strong and consistent player,” has been named captain of the doubles teams. Continuing to lead the way as doubles partners are Omar Alarcon and Roberto Quintero, according to the coach.
The Coast Union squad will play Fresno Christian at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, on the Coast Union campus.
The Cambria Tennis Club (CTC) is sponsoring a fundraising barbecue at noon during the match, according to CTC president Ray Campos. Money raised from the barbecue will go to support the Coast Union boys team, Campos said.