Softball ‘Stangs survive squeaker

Gilroy
– Following the blowout over Pinewood Tuesday, the Gilroy girls’
softball team played a much tougher game Wednesday, beating
Westmont 2-1 at home.
Gilroy – Following the blowout over Pinewood Tuesday, the Gilroy girls’ softball team played a much tougher game Wednesday, beating Westmont 2-1 at home.

The win is the fourth in as many games for the ‘Stangs, who improved to 4-1 overall. Gilroy had beaten Pinewood by a score of 26-0 on Tuesday.

“This was a huge win for us,” said head coach Julie Berggren. “It was a really fun game to be a part of.”

Gilroy scored two runs on small ball in the first following a double by senior Kayla Aldridge. She was moved to third on a sacrifice by freshman Brittany Balanesi and later scored following a single by sophomore Amanda Tellez.

Tellez was driven home when sophomore Patty Olvera singled to extend the lead to 2-0 with the hit that proved to make the difference in the game.

The Warriors answered in the second following a pair of singles that drove in one run.

But those were the only two hits pitcher Sarah Villar gave up in the game on her way to a four-strikeout, two-walk victory outing.

“Sarah was on today,” Berggren said. “Her pitching was excellent and she had excellent defense behind her.”

The combination of Villar’s pitching and the Gilroy defense held Westmont back and off the scoreboard.

Next up is a rematch with Harbor Friday at the Circle of Champions tournament. Harbor handed the ‘Stangs their only loss in the first game of the season.

Berggren said her team has made adjustments since the last meeting and is ready for Friday.

“We’re ready to face Harbor again,” Berggren said. “We know what we need to do and we no longer have the jitters we did in the first game.”

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