Scoring Woes Plague Softball in GSAC Games

Vanguard went 0-2 in a doubleheader against Concordia, one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.
Vanguard went 0-2 in a doubleheader against Concordia, one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.
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The Golden State Athletic conference always features stiff competition for the softball squad. Against two of the top teams in the conference, the Lions dropped four games because of the inability to hit the runners in scoring position across home plate.

“I feel that this season has been interesting; I have enjoyed learning and growing with my teammates throughout the year. My favorite thing about this team is the comradarie, the different personalities, and how they all meld together,” senior Amanda Young said.

The twin bill against Concordia followed the storyline that has plagued the team all season. Staying competitive in the opening game and barely losing before letting the second game out of their grasp.
They lost the first game 4-3 before being blanked in the second match 0-9 by one of the top teams in the conference and ranked fourth in the nation.

“We have had a couple close games where we put up a good battle but couldn’t seem to pull through for the wins,” sophomore Kim Skoglund said.

In their last doubleheader, the Blue and Gold were celebrating senior night for the six departing seniors: Brittany Parlopino, Stephanie Leisenring, Kaysie Flasck, Angela St. Croix, Patricia Olvera and Amanda Young. The team wanted to send them off with a home stand victory, but lost the first game by a narrow margin, 0-2. In the nightcap, the outcome wasn’t decided until the ninth inning as the Pride lost 3-1.

“At this point in the season, our aim is to finish off the regular season strong and carry that into the GSAC tournament,” Young said.

The Lions wrap up their home games Tuesday, April 19 starting at 2:00, against top-ranked Cal Baptist University, before heading on the road for dates with Cal State University San Marcos, Chapman University and Hope International, before the GSAC playoffs begin on May 3.

is a graduate of Vanguard University. He was the sports editor for the Voice from 2009-2011.

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