Rebel Spring Games Tournament – Kissimmee, Florida
The CMS Softball team played 12 games in 8 days over Spring Break.
The 2011 Spring Break started with a trip to the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida. The rigorous schedule required the team to play 8 games in four days tackling 8 different opponents in daily double-headers. The squad played well and came away with a 7-1 record for the trip.
Pacing all hitters was First Team All-American Harmony Palmer (SO, Oceanside) who batted .556 for the tournament leading all batters in hits, doubles, triples, and slugging % at .852. Gizelle Pera (SR, Los Angeles) hit .321 with 3 doubles, a triple and a home run for the trip while going 4-4 on stolen bases. Michelle Harvey (SR, San Diego), Olivia Jacobs (FR, Shoreline, WA), and Emily Lopez (JR, Fresno) rounded out the offensive fireworks batting .321, .296 and .292 respectively. Lopez led all hitters in RBIs driving in 8 over the four days.
Pitchers Emma Friedenberg (JR, Danville) and Rebecca Gularte (JR, Sunnyvale) led the defense from the circle. Both hurlers were 3-0 for the tournament amassing 0.84 and 1.20 ERAs respectively over the 8 games played. Gularte held opposing batters to a .191 average over her 23 innings pitched. Friedenberg was not far behind holding opponents to a .240 batting average over her 25 innings pitched.
On the tournament, CMS outscored their opponents 39-16 in 8 games, outhitting them .278-.239 and outstealing them 17-18 to 6-7.
After a day of travel home and one day to collect their breath, the Athenas took the field to host #1 ranked Linfield College in a perennial clash of titans. In an incredibly exciting see-saw first game, the Athenas were in position to win taking a two run lead into the top of the 7th inning. However, clutch hitting and a defensive miscue put Linfield up by one and the Athenas weren't able to score a run to send the game to extra innings.
In game two, the intensity and strong play continued. Once again, the see-saw play left CMS with a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. A strong defensive play recorded the third out of the inning at the plate to send the game into extra innings. A solo home run in the top half put the Athenas against a wall going into the bottom of the 8th. Lead-off Michelle Harvey got on and advanced to second on a single by Gizelle Pera. It appeared that the trailing Athenas were poised to tie the game and continue play. However, two outs later, the squad was still looking at runners on first and second with only one out left. Then, with the stage set for late inning heroics, Amanda Banducci (JR, San Mateo) stepped to the plate and crushed a line drive past the right fielder scoring both runners for her first walk-off double and a thrilling finish to an outstanding double-header.
In the final double-header of the break, the Athenas traveled to SCIAC foe Whittier College. In their poorest play of the 8 day, 12 game stretch, the squad was swept in two critical conference games. Bright spots were few and far between on the day as it appeared the team had hit their wall both physically and mentally. Though disappointed about their poor finish in the grueling spate of games played, the team is excited to gear up for the final push of the 2011 season and the post season action that lies ahead.
You can catch the Athenas in action this weekend on Saturday, March 26th as they host SCIAC rival the University of Redlands at noon/2pm.