By Brennan Dumesnil-Vickers
Sports are finally back at Las Lomas, and among those sports returning is softball. It’s not fully back to normal, as Coach Michael McEwen said in an interview: “We don’t really have any NCS, we don’t have any All-Elite, so it’s just getting out and playing and having fun, setting standards for next year.” But sports are sports, and it was great to be back at a game.
On April 19, the Knights played a very energetic Carondelet team, and despite it being a home game, the spectators were mainly Carondelet fans, who were just as if not more energetic than the team. Despite losing 13-10, there were still highlights for the Knights.
Catcher Melisa Saindon was the offensive player of the game for the Knights, as she ripped a two-run double into left field in the first inning, and followed it up with a two-run home run in the seventh and last inning, the only long ball of the game for the Knights. She finished with 5 runs batted in in total. “My goal is always to hit the best I can, to hit the hardest I can,” Saindon said in a postgame interview. “I wasn’t really expecting that, but…it’s always my goal to hit at least one home run.”
Center fielder Susi Sandoval had a great game on both sides of the field. She had two hits and stole two bases, but her big moment came in the top of the seventh inning, when she reached well over the fence in left-center field to rob a three-run home run, and then started the relay throw back to Hannah Pell at first base to double up a runner and end the inning; far and away the defensive play of the day for the Las Lomas. “I thought I was [going to catch it],” she said in a postgame interview. “I knew it was gonna be over [the fence], but I thought I was gonna get it, so I just went for it.”
Mia Hanson (second base) and Maddie Murphy (shortstop) also got two hits and a run batted in respectively, but it was ultimately not enough for the varsity softball Knights, as Carondelet hard-throwing left-handed pitcher Gabby Bush outdueled Las Lomas pitcher Rylinn Gull and netted the Knights a tough loss. But all things considered, this was a very solid showing, even if the result was less than ideal, and our softball team proved that they are not to be counted out.