Athletics — March 21, 2013 by Merryck Dickerson
Three Strikes, Three Outs, Three Wins

In most sports movies, there’s always the famous underdog archetype. Movies like, “Hoosiers,” “Rudy,” and “The Rookie” highlight people whose drive and tenacity steered them to success. Rough patches were inevitable, but triumph was indeed their fate. If Pacifica’s softball team had an underdog film, it would follow the storyline of the 1990’s film, “A League of Their Own.” Much like the Rockford Peaches, with two unstoppable sisters, seasoned players, and and invested coach the the first Pacifica softball team is gradually gaining their respect. On March 21st, the Lady Seawolves played their “Liberty League foe” as Mr. Kelsey would say, the Santa Clarita Cardinals. With another overcast day at Clover Park, the girls were definitely in their element as they won the game with ease, making their overall record 3-1.

The game began much like the others. The girls fought at the plate batting, but were only able to score one run in the first inning. The Cardinals were able to do the same. By the third inning however, sophomore pitcher, Emma Miller turned the game around. She battled through and allowed no more runs to be scored in the next two innings which gave the Seawolves the confidence boost they needed. This was now their game and the Cardinals had no chance.

Freshman, Chandler Dolan proceeded to pitch the last three innings striking out another six players. With a strong defense, the offense naturally improved as well. The Seawolves scored another six runs in the last four innings. The game ended with a score of 7-2, making this their third win in a row.

With so much improvement in their past games, the new softball team is hoping to only continue their winning streak and move from their standing as third in the Liberty League. Their next game isn’t until after spring break on April 5th, once again, against the Cardinals. This time however, the Seawolves will travel to Santa Clarita. Remaining humble from their last win, they will just continue to practice and be even more prepared for their next matchup.

As the season progresses, Pacifica should only see more improvement and wins from their underdog softball team. With the support of their school and families, the Lady Seawolves are confident that they won’t be considered underdogs fo much longer as they climb the ladder to the top spot in the Liberty League.

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