Southwest tops Hollister, 5-1
By Tony Eagleburger
The Southwest Lady Trojans, behind the solid pitching of senior Kayleigh Ennis, earned a 5-1 win over Hollister on Sept. 17.
Ennis tossed seven innings, surrendered five hits, struck out four, walked one, and allowed no earned runs.
The Lady Trojans' offense jumped out the gate, scoring two in the bottom of the first.
Sydney Delossantos led the game off with a bunt single. Jessica Morgan reached base on a sacrifice fly after an errant throw by Hollister's third baseman. Morgan then stole second.
Lady Trojan Zia Roller sent a shot back up the middle that tipped off the glove of the Hollister pitcher, at which point Delossantos dashed home to score. Roller then stole second.
Southwest's Vanessa Glaze drove in Morgan on a sharp grounder stopped by the Hollister first baseman, leaving the Lady Trojans up 2-0.
Southwest added to their lead in the second. McNabb lined a shot to left after seven pitches at-bat. She stole second and then moved up on a passed ball.
Holly Crow lined a ball off the Hollister pitcher's glove that scored McNabb. The Hollister shortstop, Mandy Mahoney, snatched the carom and retired Crow 1-6-3, but that gave the Lady Trojans a 3-0 lead.
Hollister pushed across a run in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 3-1.
Southwest added some insurance in the bottom of the fifth. Jessica Morgan crushed a frozen rope that hit the left center fence for a double. Roller singled her home and moved up to second on an errant throw by the centerfielder.
Glaze plated Roller on a single to right to extend the Lady Trojan lead. Hollister's Mahoney made a slick play in the 5-6 hole to throw Southwest's Kenzie Harvey out at first to end the inning and minimize the damage.
Ennis allowed one hit over the next two innings. Good interior defense also helped as the Lady Trojans held the Lady Tigers to no runs to secure the victory.
"This is a good example of what we have been trying to do all year, finish games with our defense and pitching. I'm proud of this group tonight," said Coach Tony Eagleburger. "We are young, and perhaps we are starting to figure out how to win games rather than how to lose them."