By Willis Torres |Staff Writer|
The Coyote softball team won three games out of two back-to-back double headers against the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors this past weekend in the four game series.
Things kicked off on Feb. 26 where the Coyotes earned their first loss against the Warriors with a final score of 4-3 Warriors.
Outfielder Jessica Angulo drove in the Coyotes’ first run in the third inning, followed by catcher/outfielder Ashley Leffingwell and pitcher Cassandra Williams, who each earned a RBI in the sixth inning.
Williams, who pitched for five innings, recorded six strikeouts on the mound and allowed three earned runs.
The Coyotes’ second game against the Warriors began with Angulo singling up the middle to drive in the first run in the first inning.
The game remained tied until the fourth inning when outfielder Morgan Ratliff hit a double to left field earning her an RBI. Two batters later, outfielder Caelen Smith singled to left field scoring another run for a lead of two over the Warriors.
The final innings of the game, Ratliff and Angulo both doubled at bat earning one RBI each. Then finally in the sixth infielder Amanda Herrera doubled to center field earning the last run of the game for the win with a final score 6-4 Coyotes.
Pitcher Amanda Ramirez relieved Williams and had four strikeouts and one walk with six hits allowed.
The Coyotes faced the Warriors in another double header the following day where the Coyotes claimed a victory in both games.
The first game was off to a very slow start with both teams not getting their first hits until the sixth inning.
Herrera hit a double to right field earning two RBI’s. Infielder Kaylee Gemmell hit another double, earning another RBI and the win with the final score 3-1 Coyotes.
Williams took the mound, striking out seven and walking one.
The final game against the Warriors and the Coyotes took another win with a final score of 5-4 Coyotes.
Angluo got an RBI after a single to left field in the first inning. In the second inning Ratliff earned three RBI’s after hitting a three-run home run to left field.
In the seventh inning, Herrera popped-up in the infield, but the Warriors shortstop missed the catch, leaving Ratliff open to score.
Williams earned five strikeouts and one walk against the Warriors putting her current record at 11-4.
The last double header against the Warriors earned head coach Jim Maier his 500th and 501st win. Maier has a 15-year career coaching softball that has earned him an overall standing of 501-305-2.
This is Maier’s second season with the Coyote softball team and his contributions speak for themselves. This time last year, the Coyotes’ record was at 9-11. Currently, the Coyotes stand at 13-8.
The next home game will be on March 11 and March 12 against the Wildcats of Chico State University.