April 29, 2014 > Pioneer Softball Report
Pioneer Softball Report
Submitted By Scott Chisholm
Senior Day celebration ends with victories
Chelsie Kakela, Meli Sanchez, Mandy Dale, and Shaunna Purkey were able to fully enjoy Senior Day as the Cal State East Bay softball team earned 9-5 and 3-2 wins over conference foe Chico State on Saturday, April 26. All four played significant roles in ending an 11-game skid to the Wildcats and earning the first back-to-back victories over Chico State since joining the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in 2010.
Despite doing its part to remain alive in the CCAA Tournament hunt, Sonoma StateÕs pair of wins coupled with Cal State San BernardinoÕs losses mathematically eliminated Cal State East Bay.
Win over Chico State lifts Pioneers to .500
Cal State East Bay capped off its 2014 campaign with a split against California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opponent Chico State on April 27th. The visiting Wildcats took game one 6-2 before the Pioneers finished off their season with an 11-6 victory. East Bay finished fifth in the final league standings with a .500 conference record for the first time since joining the CCAA in 2010.
ÒItÕs a great feeling. ItÕs really nice to know that we were part of a change and are leaving with a winning record,Ó said senior Meli Sanchez following her final collegiate games. ÒHopefully the program can continue to build off this season.Ó
ÒIt always feels good to end on a good note and that we did something with this season. We didnÕt do this just for us; it was also for the people before us and the oneÕs that will be here after,Ó said senior Chelsie Kakela.