APTOS — Last season, the Cabrillo Seahawks never thought they’d be in the playoffs, but this year there’s something special going on at the Nest.
Just one day after the baseball team stunned San Mateo by winning back-to-back games to move on to the super regional, the softball team completed the sweep of the College of Sequoias Giants with a 12-7 win on Sunday afternoon.
“This year we made a goal to make it past the first round of playoffs,” said Seahawk’s starting pitcher Sierra Clark. “We reached that goal, and another goal was to win conference, and we reached that. We just keep checking off the goals.”
The next box they’ll hope they can check off is a win in the super regional playoff this weekend. They’ll start the tournament against West Valley College this Friday at the College of San Mateo.
After dominating the Giants in game one on Saturday afternoon, the Seahawks came out with more of the same in the early parts of Sunday’s game.
They jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, but by the fourth inning the Giants were breathing down the Hawk’s necks at 7-6.
Then All-Conference first teamer Angela Martin smacked a double to bring in fellow first teamer Sherri Morioka to give the Hawks some breathing room. All-Conference second teamer Jack Antuna brought in another run with a single for more insurance.
The Hawks would add three more runs in the following inning to put the game away early.
Clark and Morioka announced that they would both be playing at California State University East Bay next year.
Clark threw a complete game and allowed six earned runs, 11 hits and three walks. She had four strikeouts on 118 pitches. She also had a booming home run in the second inning to extend the Hawks early lead to six.
“I had a few slumps in a couple innings,” said Clark, “but I kept hitting and I’m really happy with my hitting and with my pitching overall in the past two days.”
Morioka went 3-4 and scored three runs. Analise Bryant finished 2-4, with two runs and two RBIs. Angela Martin was 2-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
The Hawks scored the first run of the game off of a high-hopping chopper that Clark sent towards third. She beat out the throw to first and Morioka crossed home plate to put them on the board.
Analise Bryant followed her as Valorie Silva hit a sac fly out to left field to make the score 2-1 and give the Hawks the lead that they never surrendered.
Clark scampered to home for the third run of the inning off a wild pitch and Antuna scored from an Elyse Amend single to give them a three run lead.
They scored two more runs by innings end to hold a 6-1 lead after one.
Bryant hit a triple in the fifth inning that sent Emily Payne and Morioka around the bases to make it a four run game at 11-7. Clark brought in Bryant to make it 12-7 and Clark Cruised through the last two innings on the mound for the win.
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