Warriors’ fast start enough for win

Tatiana Verdugo delivers a pitch for the Warriors in the sixth inning. Starting pitcher Catalina Maldonado, right, moved to play first base. (Presidio Sports Photo)

After wrapping up the league title on Tuesday, the Carpinteria softball team continued its winning ways and defeated San Marcos 4-2 on Wednesday in a non-league matchup.

Elena Schneider slides safely into second base while San Marcos' second baseman Hannah Johnson, left, moves into position to back up the play.

An emotional letdown was a definite possibility after a 6-5 victory that ensured the Warriors the Frontier League championship, but the team smacked five hits to score four runs in the first two innings of Wednesday’s game.

With a comfortable lead in hand, pitchers Catalina Maldonado and Tatiana Verdugo stayed on the Royals batters, allowing just three hits. Maldonado earned her 17th win of the year.

San Marcos had scored first as Jocelyn Flattery singled in the first inning. After a Veronica Villareal sacrifice, Stephanie Swann scored Flattery on a misplayed ground ball. Jennifer Barajas drove in Sandra Lopez in the fifth inning for the Royals’ second run.

Swann made a spot-start for the Royals due to a finger injury sustained by Kirsten Berlo in practice on Tuesday.

Carpinteria (17-5-1 overall, 9-0 FL) will try to finish league play undefeated tomorrow at Villanova.


San Marcos… 100 010 0?2 3 0

Carpinteria… 220 000 x?4 9 3

Swann and Flattery; Maldonado, Verdugo (5) and Rodriguez. W?Maldonado (17-4) L?Swann (n/a).