Yesterday in Ojai, Foothill Technology’s varsity girls’ softball team beat Villanova Preparatory School 10-7 in their first league meet of the season.
Coach Priscilla Rouse-Becker believes the game got off to a weak start, but the team was able to catch themselves up soon after.
“[It was] a slow, not so energetic or intense warm up. They jumped out ahead during the first inning. However, [they] had a lot of errors later in the game that allowed Villanova to get back in the game,” she said.
Rouse-Becker wants to reduce the amount of errors the team makes.
“If you take away the errors, this is a 10-1 ball game.”
Regardless of errors, Rouse-Becker believes her girls played well, getting ahead and scoring plenty of runs early in the game. They scored eight of their 10 runs in the first inning.
Senior Monica Mendoza was “great at the plate” with three hits and a walk, meaning she was allowed to reach first base without the possibility of being put out due to four calls on the opposing team’s pitcher. Two of Mendoza’s hits were home runs, one of which went over the fence.
Freshmen Jade Iannacone and Jazmine Razo also had “a good day at the plate” with two hits each.
It was an overall “exciting” game for the Dragons, according to Rouse-Becker, with runs scored by seven players, but there’s always room to “develop and grow as a team.”
Foothill will play its second league game at home on Thursday, March 19 at the Ventura College fields.