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June 3, 2009 > Mariners' season ends in extra innings at NCS semifinals

Mariners' season ends in extra innings at NCS semifinals

By Biff Jones and Head Coach Christine Krisman

Moreau Catholic (MC) Mariners' Softball Team of Hayward made it to the semifinals of the North Coast Section (NCS) Division IV playoffs and had to travel to play the Clear Lake Cardinals of Lakeport in the single elimination contest.

MC took the six and a half hour round trip to Clear Lake on Wednesday, May 27. After losing the coin toss for playing site, the Mariners' won the second flip of the coin and chose to be the home team.

Clear Lake opened the scoring with one run in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the second, MC answered with three runs for a 3-1 lead after two innings.

Junior first baseman, Jordan Lewis, led off the second with a single. Freshman shortstop, Savanna Ulloa, then singled Lewis to second. A double steal followed putting Lewis and Ulloa on second and third respectfully. Sophomore pitcher, Shelby Long, doubled to score the first two runs and sophomore third baseman, Alyssa Castillo, then doubled home Long for the 3-1 lead.

Cardinals chipped away scoring a run each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Long, who was intentionally walked her last at bat, hit a towering homerun over the left-center field fence to tie the game, 4-4.

No one scored in the eighth then Clear Lake eked out a run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 5-4 lead and the victory as the Mariners were unable to answer with any runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Long pitched all nine innings, walking none and striking out three. She was also 3-3 at the plate, including the double and homerun. MC sprinkled hits all over the park with sophomore right fielder, Danielle Gaumer, going 2-2.

Defensively, the Mariners' outfield was busy with eight put outs and Lewis made all the outs in the top of the seventh, catching three pop-ups.

Cardinals' pitcher threw slower than what MC was used to facing, which made many of the girls lunge at the ball rather than taking hard swings in the batting zone. She did a very good job of keeping the Mariners' hitters off balance.

Moreau Catholic Softball Team ended 2009 with a record of 15-6. They should be in the hunt in 2010 for a run at Hayward Area Athletic League and NCS Championships as they only lose senior co-captain, Yvonne Drabin, to graduation.

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