Corsairs lose doubleheader but remain vigilant to the end
The Corsairs lost the first game of the double header 17-2, and though they appeared determined to exact vengeance on the Vaqueros, they fell 15-3 in the second game. Though the Corsairs lost the conference double header to the Vaqueros, who were ranked #4 in the state, they showed great improvement, and delivered their best effort during the course of both games.
In the second game, Samantha Rivera hit a lead off single for Santa Monica, giving the Corsairs the momentum early in the game.
However the Vaqueros quickly snatched it back in the second when, with two outs in the inning, Brandy Morin hit a triple, batting in three runners to make the Glendale lead 4-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Corsairs looked primed to strike and shift their fortunes. After a walk in favor of the Corsairs that sent Arlene Garcia to first, Rivera continued her trend of strong hitting, and got on base.
Following a Vaquero error, the Corsairs then stole a base that put runners in scoring position on second and third. Following the steal, Marissa Machado walked to first base.
With the bases loaded and no outs, it was up to Jamie Kenyon to keep the rally alive on offense.
Kenyon delivered, and hit a single that sent Rivera home, giving the Corsairs their first run for the day.
The Corsairs ended the inning 8-3, eventually going on to lose the second game 15-3.
While the game may have been a loss, the day was not without a sense of victory. The Corsairs wore new black and pink jerseys designed by Jocelyne Ferrufino, marking their support for their “Strike out Breast Cancer” event.
The Corsairs honored their head coach’s mother Debbie Bales, a breast cancer survivor of 6 years, with a gift basket and a ball the entire team had signed. In addition, the Corsairs also raised money for breast cancer research from donations throughout the game.
Rivera was three for three batting at the plate.
Kenyon pitched a good game, despite not having substitutes, and having to pitch the entirety of both games in the double header; she was a central part of both the offense and defense.
The Corsairs have another conference game at home next week, where they look to win and keep their playoff hopes alive.