PASO ROBLES — The Lady Bearcats season came to an end Tuesday when they lost to Sonora High School 9-0 in the second round of the Division 4 CIF Southern Section playoffs.
There wasn't an open seat in the stadium and fans continued to file into the area behind the outfield as the Bearcats warmed up before the opening half inning. The fans continued to cheer as Alyssa Valle delivered her first pitch and quickly stopped as the ball was hit sharply on the ground right back at the left-handed junior pitcher. The struck Valle in the knee and knocked her out of the game.
Valle was the Bearcats’ ace this season as she was last season and got the bulk of the pitching time. With her out of the game, the Bearcats turned three freshman pitchers: Kinsey Metcalf, Rowan Sciochetti
With their ace out of the game and a freshman on the mound, the Bearcat offense needed to come alive to provide support and just couldn’t get the hits when they needed them. Paso loaded up the bases in the bottom of the first with no outs and it looked like they might be able to jump out to an early lead on Sonora and put the pressure on the visiting Raiders.
A pop-up and a force out at third kept the bases loaded but the Bearcats were not able to bring home a runner as Lya Abel grounded out to end the inning. Metcalf kept the Bearcats in it through the first three innings, not allowing a run but ran into trouble in the fourth after giving up two singles to start the inning. The ball was hit just past the outstretched arms of a diving Kirra Vargas in left field and scored one to load up the bases with no outs.
The Raiders scored five runs in the fourth and the Bearcats made a pitching change to start the fifth. Sciochetti and Chambers both pitched in the fifth inning but the Raiders recorded four more runs.
Sonora only scored in the fourth and the fifth inning, but the Bearcats were able to bring anyone home losing 9-0. The Bearcats finished the year 17-9 in head coach Billy Tidwell’s first season.