Dons fall behind early, lose league opener to Ventura

Ventura jumped on Santa Barbara pitching early and beat the Dons 8-0 in a Channel League softball opener on Tuesday.

The Cougars scored a run in the second inning, three in the third to open up a 4-0 lead.

“We played well with a lot of heart but little mistakes added up,” Santa Barbara coach Alex Sheldon said. “You have to give credit to Ventura’s defense for playing a great game.”

Talia Quevedo had two of Santa Barbara’s three hits.

Santa Barbara… 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
Ventura… 013 211 x — 8 7 0
Leos, Balderas and Lopez; Bernard and Browning. W—Bernard. L—Leos (4-2)

2B—V: Purlfoy.