Corsair Softball Loses in 10 Innings to Cuesta College

The Santa Monica Corsairs lost 6-5 to the Cuesta College Cougars on Tuesday afternoon at John Adams Middle School in a 10-inning softball game.

The game started off in favor of the Corsairs, having scored four early runs, but the Cougars had caught up to tie the score by the seventh inning, forcing the teams to play on.

The game went into an defensive eighth inning, where no runs were scored, and the ninth saw the Cougars get one run off the Corsairs. SMC followed with their own run in the bottom of the ninth, making the game 5-5 going into the tenth inning.

The Cougars picked up another run at the top of the inning and the Corsairs couldn’t get around the bases to match them before making the final three outs of the game.

Freshman Taylor Liebesman (#23) pitched for the Corsairs and mentioned that every play mattered in a close game like this. “It was definitely a stressful, frustrating game,” Liebesman said. “There were errors that were made, and we had to come together and get over it.”

Freshman Erika Soto (#22) said that the team has improved a lot over the season. “We didn’t lose focus and we fought back really hard every time,” Soto said. “They would get a run and we would get a run and we would go back and forth and it was a really fun game.”

With the head coach was unable to make the game, assistant coaches Chris Druckman and Sam Sheeley filled in. “I thought we battled for ten innings and I was happy to see the fighter mentality that we’ve been working on,” Sheeley said.

When it comes to the performance of the game, both coaches mentioned the training that the team has been doing and how it helped make this a close game. “The thing that impressed both coach Sam and I in this game was the way the girls just kept coming back and fighting," Druckman said. “They never gave up and it was a tightly-fought game all the way through.”

The team currently holds a 7-16 record. With a losing streak of three and just five more games in the season, the Corsairs won’t wait long to have a chance to redeem themselves. On Wednesday, April 4, SMC will play against the Cougars again in an away game. “To see how we play them, now that we know the team, they’re ready,” Sheeley said. “They’re determined, so I’m excited for another good game tomorrow.”

On Tuesday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m., the Corsairs will be back at home to play against the Moorpark College Raiders, having lost 11-3 to the team earlier in the season.