The California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Otters softball team squared up against California State University, Dominguez Hill (CSUDH) on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in the Otter Sports Complex.
The Torros started the game off strong, scoring in the top of the first inning thanks to Chenoa Au (#11), who hit a triple and later scored thanks to her teammate Kianna Abellera (#10), who hit a single and gave Au the opening to make it home safe.
However, the Otters rallied in the bottom of the first inning. Ashley Honorio (#24) hit a single towards the shortstop and made it safely to base. Her teammate Ivana Perez (#8) reached first base on a fielder’s choice, allowing Honorio to make it to second base.
Later, Haylee Clay (#5) singled out to right field, and Honorio took the opportunity to make it home and add a run to the scoreboard for the Otters. In the next play, Alyssa Burt (#35) hit a single out to the right side, advancing to first base and allowing Perez (#8) to make it safely home and score.
CSUMB continued to further their lead on CSUDH throughout the second and third innings. Abby Alcayaga (#7) advanced to second base off a wild pitch in the bottom of the second inning. Honorio hit a single to right-center, and Alcayaga made it to home base, scoring for Monterey.
Perez stepped up to bat again, hit a single out to the left-field, and reached first base, with Honorio advancing to second base. Ally Alcayaga (#28) stepped up to bat next and hit a single out to the left side. Honorio took the chance and raced for home base, and slid safely home to set the score with 4 runs for Monterey and 1 run for Dominguez Hills.
The next scoring opportunity for the Otters happened in the bottom of the third inning. Abby Alcayaga hit a double down the third-base line and made it to base. Shortly afterward, Jessilyn Barrow (#22) tripled out to the right-center, safely sending Alcayaga to home base. Going for three hits in a row, Jessica Cross (#10) hit a single towards the pitcher, but couldn’t make it safely to first base. Barrow made it home while Cross ran to the ground.
With the score at 1 run for CSUDH and 6 runs for CSUMB, the game ended in a brief stalemate; neither team was able to score until Alex Davis (#21) broke the deadlock for Dominguez Hills, scoring one final time for the Toros at the top of the seventh inning.
After the end of the game, the CSUMB softball team took the opportunity to honor and recognize their seniors from previous seasons who didn’t have the chance to play their final round because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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