By Chelsea Underwood |Staff Writer|
The Coyote softball team struggled at home in their last series of the season on April 20–21, dropping three out of four games against the ninth ranked CSU Dominguez Hills Toros.
The ladies struggled with the bats as they struck out 13 times in the 3–0 loss. The Toros took the lead again in the second game, scoring two runs in the second and fourth innings.
In the sixth inning, freshman Alyssa Ramos and senior Alex Mitchell both ripped singles to bring the Coyotes’ bats to life.
The next hitter, junior infielder Britney Butler, stepped up to the plate and smacked a three–run home run to center field, giving the Coyotes their first lead of the game at 3–2. That home run moved Butler into a tie for the school record for most homers in a single season with 14.
“It’s always awesome to see one of your teammates clutch up and just hit a ball, making us come out ahead,” said senior Felicia Cervantes.
Butler’s home run proved to be just enough, as the ‘Yotes won by a final score of 3–2. With their season coming to an end, the Coyotes had two more games to make a splash.
Unfortunately, the came up short in both games, losing by scores of 3–0 and 5–4 respectively. In the first game, pitcher Courtney Wilhelms came into the game and served as a major hindrance for the Toros’ offensive attack and kept them at bay for most of the game.
However, the Coyotes’ bats were silenced, as they were unable to provide any run support for their pitcher. The same game provided a heartbreaking defeat, as well as record breaking performance.
Britney Butler was able to hit a school record 15th home run in the second game of the doubleheader. This home run gave the Coyotes a comfortable four-run lead at the moment, but it also made Butler the Coyotes’ single-season home run leader.
While down, the Toros showed that they were definitely not out, as they were able to tie the contest at four in the fourth, and went on to score what would be the deciding fifth run in the seventh.
Head Coach Tacy Duncan admired her girl’s efforts, but realized that the Toros were formidable opponents who deserved a lot of credit.
“[CSU Dominguez Hills] did a good job,” said Duncan. “They are number 19 in the nation and we played with them every single game.”
Although they failed to exceed their expectations, the Lady Yotes’ graced us with plenty of highlights throughout the season.
With only four seniors, the Coyotes will have many hungry, determined players returning for what is expected to be a remarkable season next year.
Photos Courtesy of Matthew D. Gilford