PASO ROBLES — The Lady Bearcats softball team was scheduled to play the Righetti Warriors this past Friday; however, the game was rained out and moved to Monday. This was a huge game for both teams. Coming into the game on Monday, Righetti and Paso Robles were tied at the top of the league standings with a record of 5-1. Right behind them is Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, and San Luis Obispo with only two losses in league. The top of league is tight and right now every game is important as teams enter the second half of league play. The Bearcats only league loss came last week to the Hounds at home. With a win against the Warriors on Monday the Bearcats moved into sole possession of first place in the Pac-8.
With five league wins already, the Bearcats have tied their total league wins from the season previous. The team is full of talented sophomores and juniors that are still making their adjustments to playing in high school, and their play only continues to get better.
In a loss to the Hounds last week the Bearcats played sloppy. They were rushing throws, and missing balls that they generally don’t miss, general traits of a younger team. On Monday, the Bearcats looked totally different, playing with confidence and swagger and forcing the Warriors to make the mistakes.
“We played a much cleaner game,” head coach Berk Baker said. “When they (the Bearcats) play like that they are tough to beat, especially when we get timely hitting.”
Alyssa Valle started the game pitching for the Bearcats and had a strong outing. In her four innings of work she held the Warriors to only one run and minimal traffic on the base paths.
In the top of the fifth inning Sara Owens came in for Valle and pitched well. It took Owens a couple pitches to get her control in order, but she quickly found the strike zone and closed the game strong for the Bearcats.
Lya Abel, Rebecca Twyman, and Crystal Linn all had great days on offense. Linn started the day off with an RBI single over the second basemen’s head in the first inning, and followed it up with a two RBI double in the fourth. Abel went 3-3 with an RBI and was also hit by a pitch in the Bearcats big fourth inning. Twyman started the game off with a triple to center field in the first inning and then hit an RBI double in the third to give the Bearcats the 2-1 lead.
The Bearcats faced Mission Prep on Tuesday in San Luis and won 10-4. The Bearcats will be playing St. Joseph High School today at 4:30 p.m. in Santa Maria.