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Prep softball: Knights turn heads, turn away Cards

Kim records 15 strikeouts for Trinity Classical Academy in victory over rival SCCS

Posted: March 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Two years ago, Trinity Classical Academy didn't have a varsity softball team.

Now, it's a team quickly gaining respect from its opponents.

On Thursday, that opponent was Santa Clarita Christian, which quickly found out Trinity had some capable hitters.

The Knights put together a 19-10 victory of SCCS at William S. Hart PONY Complex.

"A lot of these girls are playing softball for the first time and I think it takes a lot of courage to go out there and play the game," said Trinity head coach Ivette DeMarois.

Coming into the day, the Knights (3-3) had been struggling with the bats, but that wasn't apparent at any point in the afternoon.

In the top of the first inning, Trinity went up 6-0 with five hits and the help of four Cardinal errors.

"I wasn't used to seeing something that I saw today, which was a total meltdown," said SCCS head coach Ali Aguilar.

Though SCCS (2-1) did respond in the bottom half, closing the lead to 6-4, it couldn't stop Trinity's offense, which continued to score in every inning other than the fifth.

The Cardinals were able to score their runs early as a result of Trinity pitcher Emily Kim's rough start in the circle.

She walked the first five batters she faced before settling down and striking out the side in the first.

Kim finished with 15 strikeouts while surrendering seven earned runs in her seven-inning outing.

"I just told her, ‘Emily Kim, I just need you to put it in there. I need you to get it over the plate,'" DeMarois said of her early struggles. "She did a great job coming back."

And all along the way, she was given plenty of run support, most notably from the middle of the order.

In the No. 3 spot, Knights catcher Kaeli Massetto went 5-for-5 with a triple, three doubles and four RBIs.

"I had a shaky start to the season, and I just needed to relax," Massetto said. "I really wanted this one, so I just went up there and told myself to see the ball and stay relaxed."

The next hitter in the lineup, Julia Howell, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs of her own.

As a whole, Trinity had 15 hits and continuously moved runners along with stolen bases or alert plays on wild pitches and passed balls.

In the sixth inning, SCCS put together another four-run rally, this time without the aid of walks.

First baseman Kerry Houchin had a two-RBI single in the frame to complete a 2-for-2, four-RBI day.

The teams face off again on March 29.

"We've grown so much," Massetto said. "It was really exciting to see some of our new players go out there and make so many plays."




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