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Mavs Improve to 9-2, Down Cougars

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The Mavericks varsity softball team won by a score of 5-2 Wednesday night over the Escondido Cougars at home.

Both teams came into the game with excellent records and player performances.

La Costa Canyon came in undefeated at home with an 8-2 overall record, while the Cougars came in sporting a record of 7-3. With both teams displaying an excellent performance on the season so far, the Mavericks knew the game was an important one.

“It was a big game,” junior pitcher Shannon Hennessy said. “It’s a turning point [in the season].”

The Mavericks went down quick when sophomore Grace Finn brought in a run for the Cougars in the top of the first inning. Finn ended the game with both of the Cougars’ runs and two of the Cougar’s six hits.

Despite getting behind early, the Mavs continued to fight despite some questionable calls made by the game’s umpires.

“We started out slow, but we were really able to put it together,” Hennessy said. “We got angry [with the umpires]. But we didn’t let the umpire’s calls bring us down, which was a really big thing.”

The third inning was big for both teams. Escondido cashed in another run, putting them up 2-0. But in the bottom of the third, the Mavericks were able to drive in two runs to tie the game, sparked off a big base-hit by third baseman Samantha Smith.

Smith’s offense was highlighted by superb defense as she made many key defensive plays throughout the game.

With the game still tied in the sixth inning, both teams were desperate to get on base. The Mavericks broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth, when shortstop Sophia Chapelone drove in two runs to put the Mavericks up 4-2. Chapelone ended up scoring the final run of the game in that same inning, giving the Mavs the 5-2 win over the Escondido Cougars.

The Cougars’ loss was in part due to poor fielding as Escondido recorded four costly errors; two by freshman Rylee Penrod.

Senior Sophia Chapelone was very proud of the team effort displayed in the game.

“I thought that everyone was super positive and cheering a lot,” Chapelone said. “We executed at the right moments and never stayed down, even though the umpires didn’t have their best game. Samantha Smith made amazing plays while Shannon [Hennessy] pitched great, and overall, it was a great team effort.”

The Mavericks will play their next game on the road, at Del Norte High School, on March 27.



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La Costa Canyon High School's News Source
Mavs Improve to 9-2, Down Cougars