Softball suffered its fourteenth loss of the season on Thursday, April 19. The Tigers lost to the University Prep Jaguars 9-4 in a non-league match at home. This loss shifts softball’s record to 0-14.
The Tigers entered the game with a significant number of their starting players missing, partly due to the Virtual Business New York trip. In an effort to combat the absences, top JV players were moved up to the varsity level for the match.
In the first inning, the Jaguars managed to get an early run, starting off the game 1-0. However, the Tigers quickly responded with a run of their own. Freshman Kate Buckley came home with a sacrifice fly hit by freshman Carissa Park. Unfortunately, the Tigers were unable to capitalize off of the momentum shift and entered the second inning tied 1-1.
Luckily, Tiger defense was able to hold off the Jaguars in the second inning. In the bottom of the second, freshman Cameryn Pearson brought junior Anna Riffle home with a single. The girls ended the second inning with the close score of 2-1.
While South Pas seemed to be on a lucky streak, holding a rare lead, the Jaguars quickly tallied up runs in the coming innings. In the third, a Jaguar runner was able to hit in a player on third base, tying the score at 2-2. Through aggressive offense, another runner was able to steal third, and then home. The Tigers were unable to score for several innings.
Through a combination of South Pas defensive errors and strong Jaguar defense, University Prep was able to push the score to 9-2 by the top of the sixth inning. However, sophomore Carly Roberts narrowed the Jaguar’s lengthy lead by bringing junior Katie Wooton home, boosting the score to 9-3. Later in the seventh inning, Wooton sent freshman Emma Kucera home for a final Tiger run, ending the game at 9-4.
The Tigers’ next competition is a double header against Alhambra High School, away, on Saturday, April 21.