Marauder offense struggles against Bruins | Softball

Junior pitcher Shields throws well in 7-0 loss
By David Pan | Apr 27, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Mariner’s Ivy Hendricks runs to first base during a Wesco 4A game against Cascade.

Mariner couldn’t overcome its struggles at the plate.

The Marauders mustered only two hits in a 7-0 loss to Cascade in a Wesco 4A softball game Tuesday, April 18, at Cascade High School.

Cascade’s Rose Gonzalez effectively varied her pitch location throughout the game.

“She was kind of all over the place and it was hard to follow for us,” said Mariner second baseman Sareena Johnson. “We were under the ball a lot today. We kept dropping our shoulder. That’s something we’re going to work on.”

Gonzalez also was ahead in the count against the Marauders (0-7 in the league, 2-11 overall).

“Then we got ourselves into situations where we were swinging at balls that weren’t strikes,” Mariner coach Kris Gonzalez said.

Mariner junior Haley Shields pitched one of her strongest games of the season. Shields allowed only four runs through the first three innings.

“She hit all her spots, moved the ball around quite a bit and put our defense in position to field some routine, easy outs,” Gonzalez said. “Something we talked about post-game was that our defense made some early errors in the first couple of innings that really contributed to Cascade’s win.  Several of their runs were unearned.  Throughout the game by inning, we talked about cleaning up our defense, and I feel we did that in the latter innings.”

What Gonzalez saw from her squad was teamwork, a strong effort, good communication and the ability to learn from mistakes. A defensive highlight was an out recorded during a rundown.

“Even though we lost, there were a lot of positives we took from this game,” Gonzalez said. “I was really happy with the communication, positive attitudes, and I was really impressed with several heads-up plays, including the pickle and out they made with the Cascade player.”

Johnson agreed that Mariner is making progress.

“We’re understanding what we need to be doing,” she said.

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