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CIF softball playoffs: Trinity’s sports season comes to end

School’s last team in the playoffs loses in first round due to defensive issues

Posted: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

It had the offensive production. It had the pitching. But Trinity Classical Academy softball fell just short of its first-ever playoff victory.

In a seventh inning riddled with errors, Trinity let a lead slip away as Coastal Christian of Arroyo Grande escaped with an 8-7 win on Thursday at Soto Sports Complex in Arroyo Grande in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs.

The loss concluded the first varsity season and first playoff appearance for the Knights (12-9).

“We were all excited and we were all looking forward to this game, and we thought we’d be able to come out with a win,” said Trinity head coach Ivette DeMarois of her team that finished second in the Omega League with a record of 6-3.

All season long, the Knights have been successful scoring runs and getting adequate work out of their starting pitching. The defense has plagued Trinity though, and the last two innings against Coastal Christian put that on display.

With the Knights up 7-4, the Conquerors (12-3) capitalized on a pair of Trinity miscues to score two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh off starter Emily Kim.

Kim struck out eight batters and allowed just four hits in her complete-game performance.

The winning run came in when Amy Arnold hit a hard ground ball to short and a runner scored the game-winner from third base.

“We have a solid team and that’s what the unfortunate thing is,” DeMarois said. “We have a solid team and we have a solid offense and really we have a solid defense. We just made a few too many mistakes.”

The Knights did most of their damage in a four-run third inning, which was aided by one of Kaeli Massetto’s four hits on the day. She had two RBIs and has been a crucial part of the offense all season, DeMarois said.

Julia Howell extended Trinity’s lead to 5-3 when she hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

With no seniors on the squad, Trinity expects all 14 players to return next year

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