Girls make pitch for future wins

SOFTBALL Lady Brahmas end the season with disappointing losses, but high hopes

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Girls make pitch for future wins

Freshman Ellen Lasko prepares to throw the ball to a teammate during a game against the Claremont Wolfpack.

Freshman Ellen Lasko prepares to throw the ball to a teammate during a game against the Claremont Wolfpack.

Freshman Ellen Lasko prepares to throw the ball to a teammate during a game against the Claremont Wolfpack.

Freshman Ellen Lasko prepares to throw the ball to a teammate during a game against the Claremont Wolfpack.

Ingrid Chan, Staff Writer

Despite the fact that Diamond Bar High School is now participating in a considerably more difficult league than before, the varsity softball team is not far behind the other schools with a 3-6 record, placing fourth in the league this season.

In its first year participating in the Palomares League, the team has been keeping up with the new league’s competitiveness despite several losses.

According to head coach Roberta Garcia Uyemura, the team’s steady performance was thanks to the large number of competitive young members who joined this year.  Many were already skilled in the sport and had improved when they began practicing with the more experienced players.

“The incoming freshman are pretty good, and we definitely have a lot of them,” senior captain Danielle Cornejo said.

The team had a rough start to the preseason, suffering two losses against both Redondo Union High School and South High School.  The Lady Brahmas’ score against RUHS was a discouraging 9-0. In the team’s second loss, the girls were defeated in a close  5-4 game.

Just one week after its second loss, the softball team continued its preseason with four consecutive wins against San Pedro, Bishop Montgomery, Norwalk, and Western High Schools before it was defeated by West Covina 5-4.

Following the end of the preseason, the Lady Brahmas’ started off their season with a 7-0 loss against South Hills.  However, they quickly climbed back to their feet and won the next two games against Claremont and Bonita.

“The Palomares League is so competitive that our team needs to bring their ‘A’ game every time they set foot on the softball field.  Every team is very competitive, and we are competing with these teams. We have won some close games, lost a few close ones too,” coach Garcia said via email.

With each game, the Brahmas steadily progressed as a team throughout the season.  In early April, they had a comeback win against Claremont 9-6.

“I believe our team has been doing better than last year, even if we’re in a different league,” sophomore captain Rebecca Winder commented.

After the Claremont match, the girls continued to have scattered results with their defeats outnumbering their victories, though not by very much.

“We came into the Palomares League thinking we weren’t going to do well,” captain Ruth Munoz said.

The last league game of the season at Ayala was canceled after the first inning due to the rain on May 14.  There are currently no plans of making up the game.