Errors costly for Southwest High in 3-1 loss to Valhalla
Southwest High's Kaitlin Williams connects for a single against Valhalla High during the third inning of a San Diego Section-CIF Division II play-in game Wednesday in a game in El Centro. (FERNANDO ACOSTA JR. PHOTO / May 16, 2012)
The Eagles lost to Valhalla High, 3-1, in the play-in round of the CIF-San Diego Section Division II playoffs Wednesday in El Centro.
A normally hard-hitting Eagles squad was silenced by Valhalla starter Ashley Madara who gave up five hits, struck out three, walked none and hit one batter in her complete-game win.
“We just didn’t hit tonight. The bats were asleep. We get 10, 11, 12 hits a game and we hit hard one and that was a foul,” Southwest head coach Kevin Kerns said.
Two errors in the late innings also helped the Norsemen tie the game and eventually win it.
“We gave them a couple mistakes to give them a couple insurance runs, but still, the way this team is capable of hitting … three runs for them, shouldn’t have been a problem,” Kerns said. “We just didn’t hit the ball like we have been.”
Southwest starter Maci Lerno was helping the Eagles keep it close. She had given up only two hits through her first four and two-third innings which didn’t cause the Eagles any problems. She gave up four hits, walked one and hit one batter.
Her defense was also helping her cause with 17 put-outs.
It was in the fourth inning that the Eagles’ Kaitlin Williams opened the scoring. She reached base on a single and three wild pitches eventually scored her for the first run of the game.
The Norsemen tied it in the sixth when Dionna Smith reached base on an error and eventually scored.
The ensuing batter, Emily Ordonez, got on with a single but advanced to second on an error and eventually scored to give Valhalla a 2-1 lead.
Southwest had a chance to tie it in the sixth when lead-off batter Valeria Torres reached on a single. She was moved to second with a sacrifice bunt by Lerno.
She then moved to third on a 1-3 groundout by Williams but a flyout to third by Keana Tamayo ended the threat and the inning.
Valhalla added another run in the seventh when lead-off batter Naomi Tellez reached on an error and eventually scored.
The loss ends the season for the Imperial Valley League champion Southwest. The Eagles end their season 20-8 overall and finished 11-1 in IVL.
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