Jets Downed in Postseason Tournament

Jets Downed in Postseason Tournament

Encinal High School was eliminated from the North Coast Section (NCS) Div. III softball playoffs in the quarterfinals by Eureka High on a walk off in extra innings on Saturday, May 21.

The Jets were down 3-1 entering the seventh inning. They were able to tie the game 3-3. They held the Loggers scoreless in the bottom of the seventh and the game entered extra innings. The Loggers did, however, score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the 4-3 victory.

It would have been a major upset for the Jets, the nine-seed in the Div. III tournament, against the one-seed Eureka High. The Jets’ season ends with a 14-8 overall record.

Before facing Eureka, Encinal defeated Acalanes in the first round of the Div. III tournament on May 18. The Jets knew the Acalanes could score. The Dons pummeled the Jets in a 14-5 win on March 10. However, it was Encinal who got the last laugh in the rematch, banging out 20 hits in a thrilling 18-14 win on the road.

“It felt good because we all thought we should’ve beat them the first time too,” said senior captain Stella Cashin.

After falling behind 2-1, the Jets scored 9 runs in the third to take a 10-2 lead. It looked like Encinal would cruise but Acalanes hung around, finding themselves down 11-5 after five innings.

Cashin, who went 4-for-6 at the plate with 3 RBIs, entered in the sixth inning to relieve freshman Cheyanne Caina. However, the Dons scored 6 runs to tie the game at 11.

“I don’t pitch often and was all over the place,” said Cashin. “When Cheyanne felt better she came back in to finish the game.”

The Jets scored 7 runs in the seventh to go up 18-11. Sophomore Lola Whalen was a force, going 3-for-3 with 6 RBIs and 2 home runs.

“It felt really good because I love contributing to a win and this one was especially important to the team,” said Whalen.

Acalanes scored 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Dons could have scored more, however, Whalen chased down a ball in the outfield and threw a runner out at second base to end the game.