Softball wins thriller against Alhambra in final preseason game

By Kevin Park & Jordan Xiao

Tiger Staff

Photos by Stephanie Kim

The softball team made its most impressive comeback of the year with an 11-10 win over Alhambra High School at home on Thursday, March 19, putting the team on a three-win streak and at 4-2 for the start of league season.3

The game started poorly for the Tigers, as the Moors capitalized on several errors to bring home five runs by the end of the second inning. However, a grand slam from sophomore Adrianna Ramirez in the bottom of the third put South Pas back in the game and left the score at a close 5-4 by the start of the fourth.

Errors again plagued South Pas in the fourth and fifth innings, where Alhambra racked up another five runs with aggressive stealing and solid hitting. Down 10-4, the Tigers rallied to make a slow but steady recovery; a hard line drive from freshman Sophie Reynolds brought two runners home to tie the game at 10-10 by the end of the fifth.2

“We won because we didn’t give up. We were really determined to overcome the deficit,” junior Sheridan Nansen said.

The Tigers’ defense, led by senior pitcher Cassie Baca, silenced Alhambra’s bats for the remainder of the game, while sophomore Emily Swanson hit a line drive past first base to bring home senior Alexis Shettleroe for the winning run.1

“I was a little nervous because of the close score, but luckily it worked in my favor,” Swanson said. “We got our bats going late in the game, but we got the job done.”

The win over Alhambra marks the end of preseason for the team, and the Tigers begin league season on Friday, March 20 at Monrovia HS.