Softball season off to successful start

By Jackie Monarrez |Staff Writer|

The Coyotes women’s softball team opened the 2016 season with a bang.

Coyotes played a double header against the Lakers of Mercyhurst University on the Coyotes home field on Jan. 30, winning both back to back games, 10-5 and 12-7.

In game one, Sophomores Jessica Brown and Kaylee Gemell both had solo home runs in the second inning, putting the Coyotes up 2-0, Brown went 3-for-4 while Gemell went 1-for-2.

In the bottom of the fourth inning Brown hit a double, which advanced pinch runner, Arianna Hernandez, to third base.

Coyote Amanda Herrera earned a fielder’s choice RBI by driving in Brown and Hernandez, putting the Coyotes up 4-1.

The Coyotes ended the fourth inning with a score of 5-1 and continued to stay on fire.

Junior Cassandra Williams showed no mercy, striking out seven batters in the five innings that she pitched against the Lakers.

Caelan Smith hit a double to left center, bringing in Jessica Angulo to start the scoring in the bottom of the fifth.

Shortly after, Smith scored a run thanks to a fielders choice by Brown, who later scored on a base hit.

Brown got the last two RBI’s in the game in the bottom of the sixth, when she hit a two run home run to left field, bringing in Angulo and putting the Coyotes on top with 10 runs.

In game two, the Lakers Allison Yule, started the top of the first inning by hitting an RBI grounder that helped the Lakers take an early lead.

The Coyotes made sure to fire back, and Kaylee Gemmell lit that fire by hitting a homer to center field in the bottom of the first after two runners had already scored. The Coyotes ended the first inning with a score of 3-1.

Caitlyn Olan earned two RBI’s in the bottom of the second inning by bringing in Morgan Ratliff and Amanda Ramirez, putting the coyotes up 6-1.

Olan went 3-for-3 in game two, while Ramirez pitched six innings, only giving up nine hits.

The Lakers passed the Coyotes by one run, making the score 7-6 until the bottom of the sixth when the Coyotes kicked it into high gear.

Sophomores Monica Maddox and Ashley Leffingwell scored putting the Coyotes back in the lead 8-7.

The Coyotes continued to score one run after the other, right after, Angulo tallied an RBI, bringing in Morgan Ratliff.

While still in the bottom of the sixth, Taylor Ancona took off and stole second base, then scored shortly after thanks to Melissa Roberts sacrifice fly bringing her in. This gave the Coyotes a big lead of 12-7.

At the top of the seventh the Coyotes managed to keep the Lakers at seven runs.

After winning both games of the double header, it truly showed how strong the Coyotes softball team is this year.

With the show Williams put on in game one, she earned honors for being the California Collegiate Athlete Association (CCAA) Softball Pitcher of the week.

In addition to Williams’ honors, Brown was awarded the title of CCAA Player of the Week.

The Coyotes will return home on Feb. 10 to play the University of Hawaii at Hilo in a double header, with the first game starting at noon.

Chronicle attempted to reach out to four players and none responded to comment for the article.

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