Kamiak cruises past Mariner 13-0 | Softball

By David Pan | May 11, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak’s Elaine Nikolaidis throws the ball to first base during a game against Mariner.

Kamiak executed its small ball plan to near perfection against district rival Mariner.

The Knights strung together hit after hit to defeat the Marauders 13-0 in a Wesco 4A softball game Tuesday, May 2, at Mariner High School.

Junior pitcher Cecilia Robbins pitched a complete-game shutout and also hit her third home run of the season.

As the Knights (6-7 in the league, 7-10 overall) head into the final week of the regular season and prepare for next week’s district playoffs, coach Ann Bradley has stressed that they need to focus on small ball rather than swinging for the fences.

Robbins’ home run aside, Kamiak did just that against Mariner.

“We’ve been seeing the ball well,” Robbins said.

The Knights linked their hits together and were hitting line drives for the most part, Robbins added.

Kamiak scored six runs on six singles and two doubles in one inning.

“We’re having small swings, not big swings,” Robbins said.

Robbins was backed up by a defense that turned its first and only double play of the season and committed no errors for the first time this year.

“These last few games, the girls are playing really good ball,” assistant coach Jason Rhodes said. “They are coming together chemistry-wise. They’re really buying into the program and doing a good job for coach Bradley.”

The emphasis on small ball is an approach that many of the players are not used to, Rhodes added.

“It’s working for them,” he said.

Robbins said that her curve and screw balls were working well.

“Cecilia had a really good game today,” Rhodes said. She spun the ball. There was a lot of movement on the ball today. I don’t think they got one hit off either one of those pitches.”

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