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June 1, 2010 > Tamalpais trounces Moreau

Tamalpais trounces Moreau

By Kevin Yin

Moreau Catholic High School's season came to a disappointing finish on Saturday, May 29. Seeded second in the North Coast Section DIII softball tournament, Moreau was upended by the seventh-seeded Tamalpais High School Hawks, 5-0, in the second round of the tourney.

Moreau reached the second round by way of a first-round bye, awarded to the top four seeds in the DIII tournament; Tamalpais needed extras to beat 10th-seeded Sir Francis Drake High School, 3-2, in the opening round just to face Moreau.

The Mariners came into the match expecting to advance at the night's end, but were derailed by a devastating performance from Tamalpais pitcher Kim Scarsella. Scarsella recorded 12 strikeouts and surrendered only three hits en route to pitching a complete game. She also batted 3-4, including an RBI.

"All of my pitches felt good today," Scarsella said. "I felt on."

Scarsella excitedly expressed surprise after the game when told of her strikeout count. She called her dominant performance "surprising", particularly in light of the quality of her opponent.

"This was one of the toughest teams we played all year," she said. "And it was one of my best games, I think."

Moreau coach Chris Krisman knew of Scarsella's prowess well in advance of the match, and did her best to prepare her team.

"They have a really good pitcher," Krisman said of Scarsella. "We practiced for it, but we just didn't quite execute."

By virtue of their high seed and the first-round bye, the Mariners had 15 days in between their last game and this match with Tamalpais, giving them ample time to practice, but potentially some rust.

"I don't want to blame it on a two week layoff, but it could be the two week layoff," said Krisman. "They were a little tense to start out the game. I think they kind of felt the pressure of being the top seed, and Tamalpais seemed a little more relaxed."

Moreau center fielder Jordan Lewis was the only Mariner who seemed undaunted by Tamalpais' aggressive pitching. Lewis, a senior playing her final game for Moreau, finished the game 2-2 with a walk. The Mariners' lone remaining hit was registered by left fielder Alyssa Castillo.

"I think we came in a little too cocky," Lewis said. "We were pretty sure we were going to win, and it kind of got away from us."

This year marked the 10th consecutive season that Krisman has guided her squad into the postseason, and despite the prospect of losing Lewis and the season's somber end, Krisman is optimistic about next year's squad.

"We're graduating just one starter," Krisman said, adding, with the assuredness of a veteran coach: "We'll be back, ready to go next year."

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