SOFTBALL: Mustangs go 1-1 at Circle of Champions

Go mustangs!

SALINAS – The Gilroy High softball team split a pair of games in
pool-play at the Annie Lynch Memorial Circle of Champions on
Saturday as part of the two-weekend tournament.
SALINAS – The Gilroy High softball team split a pair of games in pool-play at the Annie Lynch Memorial Circle of Champions on Saturday as part of the two-weekend tournament.

The Mustangs’ (3-1) bats were silenced by Sarah Hoag and Monterey in the first game of the day, losing a tight pitchers’ duel 2-0.

Hoag set down 11 Mustangs via the strike en route to her shutout. Gilroy had sophomore Casey Lester in the circle, who pitched a solid four innings striking out three and yielding just four hits.

However, a rocky third inning in which Monterey (4-0) loaded the bases with two outs after a GHS fielding error. The costly mistake led to two Toreadors’ unearned runs, the only blemishes on the Mustangs’ stat sheet.

“Our bats were definitely not alive,” manager Julie Berggren said. “We took too many good pitches and failed to adjust to the outside pitch.”

The Mustangs mustered just two hits in the game.

GHS squared off against North Salinas in the second game of the afternoon, and this time the bats did make some noise as the Mustangs banged out seven hits in a 3-2 victory.

Though the game was brought to a halt by the one hour, 30 minute tournament time-limit, Mustangs’ ace Sarah Lira still managed to strikeout 11 of the 20 Vikings she faced.

Alissa Castro and Melanie Morelos each belted doubles, and five other Mustangs had hits in the win.

Gilroy will attempt for the third time to play its game against Archbishop Mitty. The contest has bee postponed twice do to rain. The third time could be the charm Wednesday in Gilroy.

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