Story by Jayden Tran
Photos by Rachel (Shin-Hye) Choi
The SPHS Softball team played against the Monrovia Wildcats on Thursday, Apr. 20 at home. The Tigers were able to pull away with a 4-3 win.
In the first inning, Monrovia started off strong with a two-run single. Following the first inning, South Pasadena scored one run to cut the lead in half. However, Monrovia immediately responded with another run in the third inning. The Tigers’ clawed back the even the score. After the early-inning fireworks, the scoring ceased for the next three innings.
“Although neither team was scoring most of the game, we were extremely loud in and out of the dugout supporting each other and we eventually broke through and began to tally some scores,” Softball captain Danica Stirling said. “We continued to communicate and make sure everyone knew where to go.”
In the sixth inning, SPHS scored two runs. Freshman Ava Dawson stepped up to the plate with the score still tied at three and brought home sophomore Annika Selsby with a double over the right fielders head. The hit came on an 0-2 count and gave the Tigers their first lead of the game.
“It’s always a lot of pressure going in to hit, but this game I went in with no expectations and relaxed, just thinking to hit the ball somewhere and get on base,” Dawson said. “I felt proud of my team because this was the first time we have won against Monrovia in a long time and all my teammates were pumped for me.”
With the Tigers now leading 4-3, Monrovia attempted to tie the game in the seventh inning. However, the Tigers’ refused to surrender the lead and shut down the Wildcats.
The SPHS Softball team edged out the Monrovia Wildcats by a final score of 4-3. The team will be playing at home in their final league game on Thursday, Apr. 27 against the Temple City Rams with the hopes of securing third place in the Rio Hondo League for the 2023 season.