On a windy Friday in Cambria, Coast Union’s softball squad overpowered the Cuyama Valley Lady Bears, 17-0. The victory over a young and inexperienced visiting team April 15 improved the Lady Broncos’ Coast Valley League record to 3-0.
Senior pitcher Ellie Magnuson tossed a no-hitter, striking out 14 of the 15 batters she faced in the five innings played; she also doubled twice and drove in four runs.
Joining in the hit parade was catcher Reagan Kniffen (three hits); Alyssa Drew had a pair of hits and drove in three runs.
Interviewed a day after the blowout of the Lady Bears, Magnuson said she felt strong empathy for Cuyama Valley “because I’ve been in that situation before.”
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“It’s tough, and it’s mentally degrading” to a team to be humbled so emphatically.
The Coast softball team ran into some brutally lopsided situations early this season including against Taft — a big school — to which the Lady Broncos lost both ends of a double header 10-0 and 12-1.
“I was proud of Cuyama Valley for holding their heads up high,” Magnuson added. “Through their last at bats, they never showed a poor attitude.”
On Tuesday, April 19, Coast Union traveled to Coastal Christian and routed the Conquerors, 26-0.
The Lady Broncos now are 4-0 in Coast Valley League competition.
Because of cancellations and postponements, the Bronco baseball team hasn’t played a game since April 7.
But Coast Union Athletic Director Thom Holt has arranged a game at Valley Christian Academy for 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 25.
That game, plus the Broncos’ 3:30 tilt at Shandon on Tuesday, April 26, will be broadcast on KTEA-FM (103.5) and stream on www.ktea-fm.com.