San Manuel softball breezes past St. David

San Manuel softball breezes past St. David

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San Manuel softball breezes past St. David

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San Manuel coach Deanne Brewer knows what she has in the No. 2 seed softball team in Division IV and she wasn’t worried Friday when her team never seemed secure, even through it cruised to an 11-1 victory over No. 15 seed St.David at Rose Mofford Complex.

“I am comfortable with our hitting, and we have hit that ball all season so I was sure we could get the hits when we needed them,” Brewer said. “We struggle with slower pitchers and it takes us a couple of innings to get going.”

San Manuel pushed three across in the top of the first, when with two runners on and one out Felicia Medina hit a towering double off the right field wall, driving in two. Two batters later, Angelica Zuniga hit an infield single that scored Medina and San Manuel had sealed the victory.

“I knew that St.David would battle, and they hit the ball well at times, but we just got the plays defensively when we needed them,” Brewer said.

Leading 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth, San Manuel put the first two runners on base before two easy fly balls put runners on second and third with two outs. Lyana Waddell hit a bloop single that fell in front of St.David center fielder Kayla Bradford, scoring two and putting San Manuel up six. Two batters later, Nicole Encinas hit a slow roller to second, and the throw to first got past the first baseman and a throw home sailed over catcher Maddie Judd’s head, allowing another run to score.

St.David, trailing 7-0, got a one-out walk to Arlene Fry, and a single by April Fry scored one as St.David had scoring opportunities in the third, fifth and sixth but could only get one run.

“Last year when we played them it was the opposite, we got all the hits, and they couldn’t get anything going,” St.David coach Ira Lewis said. “We have nothing to hold our heads down about. We played hard and had our chances, and that is all you can ask for.”

San Manuel put the finishing touches on the game in the bottom of the sixth when, with two on and one out, Encinas singled in one and Mireya Tamayo drove two in. With a runner on third and two outs, Alyssa Cuellar hit a double off the left-field way for the walk off winner.

San Manuel’s Waddell finished with a complete game, five-hitter striking out six for the win. Mireya Tamayo had four singles and drove in three runs, and Medina, Waddell and Encinas each drove in two for San Manuel.

“Our pitcher had excellent composure, as she has had all season, but I am a little surprised that we got through this way,” Brewer said. “We will take it one game at a time and leave it all on the field.”

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