By Jordan Xiao
The softball team topped rival San Marino High School in a close 4-3 game at home on Friday, April 24, concluding its three-game series victorious over the Titans. The Tigers now stand at 2-6 in league, and 6-7 for their overall record.
The game began in relative stalemate, with neither team scoring for the first two innings. Senior starting pitcher Cassie Baca suppressed the Titan bats for SPHS, earning eight strikeouts through the course of the game with support from senior catcher Alexis Shettleroe from behind the plate.
Sophomore Emily Swanson made the first run of the day by bringing home fellow sophomore Katherine Conte on a long single to right field. San Marino answered back with a run made on two defensive errors in the top of the fourth. The 1-1 tie persisted until the sixth inning, when the Titans scored two runs on a leadoff single and three consecutive errors by South Pas.
The Tigers made a final rally in the seventh when Swanson brought home Conte, who had made it to second on an outfield error, for the second time that game. Swanson herself made it to third on passed balls, and freshman Sophie Reynolds hit a walk-off double with Baca on second to score two more runs and put South Pas up 4-3 to finish the game.
With the teams tied at one win each beforehand, Friday’s series finisher enabled South Pas to claim victory over San Marino for the 2015 season. The team’s next match will be at La Canada High School on Tuesday, April 28. The Tigers fell to the Spartans 9-0 earlier in the season, but hope to improve for next week’s game.
“It feels nice to finally get that win we’ve been looking for,” Baca said. “Hopefully we can remember this feeling and build on everything that we’ve accomplished so we can stay in the game and compete with La Canada.”