Collegiate Softballer Keys Winning Team
Alameda High School (AHS) graduate Maddy Lewis and her UC San Diego (UCSD) softball team were eliminated from the Div. II College Softball World Series Friday, May 24. The Tritons were knocked off by West Chester University, 7-6, in the tournament’s consolation game.
In the contest Lewis, a third baseman, went 1-for-2 at the plate and drove in a run while scoring twice herself. West Chester made an improbable comeback scoring four runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh after trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. UCSD finished with a 37-17 overall record.
The Tritons had to play in the consolation game after losing, 8-0, to Augustana University of Sioux Falls, S.D. in the first round on May 23. Lewis, along with the rest of her teammates, struggled at the plate. She went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Augustana went on to win the entire tournament.
The Tritons advanced to the College Softball World Series after winning the West Super Regional. They defeated Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. in a best two-of-three series, 2-0. The Tritons defeated the Eagles, 9-1, in the first game on May 16 and doubled up with a 4-3 walk-off win in the second game the next day. It was the squad’s first West Super Regional victory since 2012.
Lewis started 39 games for the Tritons in 2019. She batted .265 with 28 RBIs. In more than 190 games she started all but two in her four-year career as a Triton. She finished with more than 90 RBIs and a career .310 batting average.
Lewis graduated from AHS in 2015. She was a multisport athlete who competed in softball, basketball and water polo. As a senior her water polo and softball teams won West Alameda County Conference (WACC) titles.