Softball win is a decisive victory

The Pirates’ Madison LeClaire prepares to take a hack at a pitch in the team’s 4-1 victory against Rio Hondo College Friday afternoon.

The Orange Coast College softball team, downed Rio Hondo 4-1, on Valentine’s afternoon in a team performance that halted its three-game skid.

The team was immaculate defensively when compared to its past outings, besides a few scares in the top of the sixth.

Sophomore third basemen Madison LeClaire was stellar from the corner. She knocked down countless balls, and assisted in multiple putouts.

LeClaire also carried the team with the bat bringing home three runs on a double in the bottom of the third.

The team had loaded the bases after waiting out hitter friendly counts before swinging, and drawing a walk.

All four of the girls’ runs came across in the fourth, as they continued to dismantle Rio Hondo after the bases clearing triple.

Sophomore infielder Joanna Michaels brought in the final run when she slapped a single up the middle.

From there Coast kept control with the assistance of freshman pitcher Jaelynn Operana who pitched the initial five innings, before coming back in the seventh to retire the final two outs.

Coast called upon freshman pitcher and shortstop Ally Cisneros to assist them when her and Operana swapped roles in the sixth.

A couple of errors put the Pirates’ in a disadvantageous position that reached its height when a wild pitch with two outs scored Hondo’s sole run.

The girls got out of the inning though, and eventually closed the game out when Cisneros made a diving catch from shortstop to move Coast to (2-3), and (0-1) in conference play.

With a thin roster the Pirates’ have managed to maximize the versatility of their two pitchers Operana and Cisneros.

The duo are Coasts only rostered pitchers, and are able to be rearranged in order to find the key piece in every puzzle.

“No matter what position we need to put them in, or at what time they are called upon they are learning how to cover for each other,” said Legaspi-Kiaha.

Coast will return to action Wednesday for a home contest against crosstown rival Golden West at 2:00.

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