Softball team enjoys 26-0 laugher

– The Gilroy softball team cruised to victory in a 26-0 rout of
Pinewood in Los Altos Hills Tuesday. The game was called after just
five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Gilroy – The Gilroy softball team cruised to victory in a 26-0 rout of Pinewood in Los Altos Hills Tuesday. The game was called after just five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

“(Pinewood) didn’t have strong hitting or defense,” said head coach Julie Breggren. “We worked a lot on fundamentals (Tuesday) but we didn’t get to work on defense a whole lot; there were not a lot of hits.”

The girls were led by the strong pitching of Sara Villar, who recorded six strikeouts in two innings and gave up just two hits. She helped her own cause with a triple in the first.

Villar was relieved by freshman Brittany Balanesi, who tossed three no-hit innings and gave up no walks.

The Mustangs crushed the ball – as is to be expected given the score – with nearly every player recording a hit. Russhelle Preeshl smashed a home run.

Gilroy now turns its focus to a much tougher opponent – Westmont, who the Mustangs face today.

“We have a huge game (today) against Westmont,” Breggren said. “We’ll use (Tuesday’s) game as a motivator for (today). It will be a completely different game.”

The huge win comes after Gilroy’s strong Watsonville Tourney showing. The girls won games against Alisal and Aragon on Saturday, both by 2-0 scores.

“We started a little slow but we turned around started hitting in the second game, making solid contact,” Breggren said of her team’s tournament play. “Our defense is solid and is keeping us in games.”

Volleyball gets on track

With the basketball season now over, the Gilroy boys’ volleyball team is now at full strength and has already made a little school history.

The ‘Stangs on Tuesday were forced to go a full five games against Mt. Madonna before pulling out a win by a score of 25-19, 21-25, 14-25, 25-17, 15-12.

The win was the first time the Mustangs ever beat the Hawks in more than one game, let alone winning a meet.

“They guys were getting really geared up for Mt. Madonna, which is a formidable opponent,” said assistant coach Sue Grogan. “They rose to the occasion and kept their highs and their lows under control.”

“All they play is volleyball,” said head coach Craig Martin of Tuesday’s foe. “They have a great program; I really admire it. This was the biggest win we ever had.”

Leading the way for the boys were Ryan Chisolm and Steven Good, who both recorded seven kills. On their heels was Vinnie DeLorenzo, who came up with six of his own.

Last Thursday the boys struggled against Leigh, losing in four games (20-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-27).

Grogan said the team suffered from lack of practice, only being able to come together once as a full team.

“That put a cramp on the coaching,” Grogan said. “We couldn’t introduce new stuff.”

The boys are off this week, after their match with Pioneer was canceled. The missing date will be made up against Soquel on April 12 in Gilroy. The Mustangs will return to the court Monday when they travel to Harbor at 3pm. Gilroy begins league play the following Wednesday against San Benito in Hollister at 6:30pm.

Golfers fall short

The Gilroy boys’ golf team had a strong showing Tuesday, but fell short of Hollister by six strokes and finished 30 behind meet leader Palma at the Laguna Seca Golf Club.

Head coach Eric Kuwada blamed too many double and triple bogies for the result.

“This was a close one,” Kuwada said. “It was interesting to see how we stacked up against Hollister. We lost by six strokes and that was telling. We are right there and capable of competing with them. We just need to find a way to lower our scores to do better.”

Leading the way for the boys was junior Stephen Freeth, who shot a 39 on the short par-36 course. The rest of the boys all scored in the 40s.

Monday, the boys traveled to Salinas for the Monterey Bay Invitational where they tied for 18th overall with a combined team score of 350.

Despite the high score, Kuwada was still pleased with the performance.

“Our team score of 350 was a little higher than I expected,” he said. “But given that Esetvan (Gonzalez) hasn’t played the course before, Jordan (Miller) took a 12 on the first hole and a triple on his second hole, we played the best we could today.”

Kuwada was especially pleased with Miller’s game, especially after falling into a deep hole early on in the match.

“Jordan was the man grinding out an 86 after being 10 over on his first two holes,” Kuwada said. “That’s quite an accomplishment.”

The boys will travel to Salinas again Thursday where they will face North Salinas and Live Oak.

Baseball bounces back

Coming off tough loss to Los Gatos Thursday, the GHS baseball team rebounded with a 10-1 victory over San Lorenzo Valley on Saturday.

Leading the way for the ‘Stangs were Drew Anderson, who went 3-3, and Chris Hernandez, who drove in two runs on a double.

Head coach Clint Wheeler said everyone played well in a game where the only innings in which the boys didn’t score were the third and fifth.

The win come on the heels of a 7-2 loss to Los Gatos in which the Mustang defense crumbled after the team had taken an early lead.

But all eyes are now on today’s first league game against archrival Hollister at home at 3:30pm.

“We hope to get things going,” Wheeler said. “Both teams are evenly matched going into the game, it should be exciting.”

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