Pilots Bomb Hornets, Highlanders


The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) softball team has been on a roll of late including two nail-biting victories on Saturday, April 28.

First, the Pilots beat Alameda High (AHS) 4-3 in a game that was close to the end. The Pilots scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to gain a 3-1 advantage over the Hornets. They scored an emergency run in the fifth inning to increase their margin to 4-1. However, AHS climbed back with runs in the fifth and sixth innings to bring the score to 4-3. The Hornets tried to get over the hump in the seventh and final inning, but SJND freshman pitcher Caroline Evans stopped the Hornets’ rally.

Junior Leslie Gomez went 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI. Evans also had one of the Pilots’ four RBIs. SJND had seven hits in the game. Junior Caroline Bridges was the starting pitcher. She pitched four innings, gave up a run and struck out three batters.

The Pilots then defeated Piedmont 3-2 in the second contest. They scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning. Seniors Samantha Shaffer and Tyesen Gordon and junior Danielle Pohlson each scored a run to give the Pilots a 3-0 lead. 

Bridges started on the mound again for the Pilots. She pitched two-and-one-thirds scoreless innings before being replaced. While on the mound, Bridges struck out three batters and did not give up any walks. 

Bridges was replaced by Evans. She started out dissecting batters. She pitched three-and-two-thirds scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the seventh inning. However, with the game on the line, the freshman was able to overcome the Highlanders’ late push and get the final out for the win. In total, Evans pitched four-and-two-thirds innings, gave up two hits and struck out 11 batters.

Both games were played at Alameda High. The win over Piedmont marked the Pilots’ seventh straight victory and nine of their last 10 games have gone to the win column. The Pilots are now 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the Tri-County Athletic League. 

The Pilots received strong contributions from their core members. Shortstop Sarah Mahler is batting .556, catcher Shaffer .500 and Evans has hit four home runs. She has also struck out 81 batters while accumulating a 1.54 ERA. Bridges has struck out 60 batters this season.

SJND will take on Head-Royce of Oakland in their next game tomorrow on their home field.