Girls Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Softball · Haskell High School Varsity Softball falls to Petrolia High School 8-0


Friday, May 12, 2017

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Game Recap

Maidens Softball Fall to Petrolia in Regional Quarter Final Series

The Haskell Maidens Softball Team ended their season in the Regional Quarterfinal Series against the dominant district 8-2A Petrolia Lady Pirates dynasty in a 2 of 3 series at Graham. The Maidens lost game one 7-3, and game two 8-0 to the impressive Pirate pitcher, Lindy Alexander, and her equally offensive teammates. Facing Petrolia in the playoffs was nothing new for the Maidens, having faced them previously in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and losing those series by 1 run the last 3 times. Going into this game as the “underdog” once again, Coach Foster knew his Maidens would be looking for an upset-they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. If Petrolia has any weaknesses, the Maidens knew it would be defensively, if they could put the ball in play and create Pirate errors with the Maiden aggressive baserunning, but the Maidens struggled to put the ball in play with 20 strikeouts in game 1, and 13 in game two. But don’t let those stats fool you. The Maidens still managed to keep the game alive and boost the hopes of the fans with 8 hits off Alexander in game one and 4 more in game 2 putting the Maidens in scoring position multiple times. The Maiden Motto for 2017 was “Toksali Lushomi” which means “Work to Achieve”, and that’s exactly what these Maidens have done all year. With 5 graduating Seniors who have played Varsity Softball their entire high school career, these young athletes led their teammates in a battle to the very last out. With Senior Laura Fuentes in the circle in game 1, and Lexi Jimenez in the circle game 2, the Lady Pirates chipped away 11 hits in each game. Coach Foster commended his Maiden defense saying, “my pitchers threw every pitch in our arsenal” but Petrolia’s batters had few weaknesses. They were really that good. Petrolia has always had exceptional pitching, but this year, I believe their hitters are the best they’ve ever been. I am extremely proud of the effort of my Maidens. They never stopped looking for opportunities to capitalize on, and I truly believe they gave it their very best and walked off the diamond knowing they left it all on the dirt. This loss is especially difficult to swallow, knowing there are other teams advancing to the next round that we have beaten earlier this year, but as usual, we meet up with a district 8 powerhouse such as Petrolia. But I am certain these girls gain more character and satisfaction battling a team like Petrolia to the end than molashing a weaker team. A lot of life lessons are learned on that softball diamond every day for 5 months. I wouldn’t trade the positive things I see happening to these young ladies for a single championship. I’m gonna miss these seniors, but I know they will each do great things in their futures.”

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