Softball begins with momentum
by MARIAH LIN
Seeking to improve their preseason record of 6-4, varsity softball will take on the Santa Fe Demons April 9, away.
The team played the Downey Vikings March 26, but scores were unavailable at press time.
“The season is progressing very well and I have a diligent group of athletes who are committed to competing at a high level,” said Jackie Montanez, varsity head coach. “I am proud to coach such a great group of young women and our goal is to execute on the field and compete at a high level in preparation for league.”
The Spartans beat the St. Anthony Saints 5-4 in a close game March 21at home. Both teams had a slow start, remaining scoreless in the first inning. In the second and third innings, the Spartans began to find their momentum, scoring a total of five runs to take a 5-0 lead. The Saints responded, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to bring the score to 5-4. Strong defense by the Spartans kept the Saints from scoring, ending the game with a win.
In a game against the Academy of Careers & Exploration Eagles March 14, the Spartans dominated. Both teams started off with slow offense, going into the fourth inning, 0-0. Both teams scored one run in the fourth inning. The Spartans scored two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Both teams would remain scoreless for the last two innings, giving Spartans the 3-1 win.
“We are playing pretty well at this point in season,” said senior Marlysha Nicolaides. “Right now, we are playing in a lot of tournaments and games, which is helping us prepare for regular season.”
The team lost against the San Fernando Valley Tigers, 3-1, March 14. They also lost March 12 against the South Pasadena Tigers, 4-3.
The JV Spartans took on the West Covina Bulldogs March 20, suffering a 13-2 loss. They also played the John Glenn Eagles March 11, winning 29-1.