Santa Clara Saints best Lady
by Misty Volaski
After graduating so many seniors, it was time for Nordhoff's
varsity softball team to rebuild itself. And, as expected, it's
taking a while.
In their home games against Santa Paula and Santa Clara, the
Lady Rangers made the most of their few returning players, including
Andra Edwards and Christina Stoltz, by bringing them up to bat
as many times as possible to make up for the lack of players
lost due to several injuries.
Nordhoff's loss against Santa Paula last Friday, 3-6, and Santa
Clara Tuesday, 4-11, was probably a result of lack of experience
on the young team and the multiple injuries.
Diana Garvin hit a two-run home run in last Friday's game against
the Cardinals, then came in as a relief pitcher in the fourth
inning; however she could not stop the Cardinals from making
three more runs and taking advantage of nine Ranger errors before
the end of the game.
In the Santa Clara game on Tuesday, first-time starting pitcher
Stoltz saw 11 Saints cross home plate during her time on the
mound, nearly half of which came in the first inning alone. She
later went three for four at bat. Tiffany Tolliver finished up
the pitching and was able to prevent any more Santa Clara runs
in the last innings.
Candace Schmidt did her part at bat, going two for three; however
it wasn't enough, as Santa Clara capitalized on eight Ranger
errors and a total of 13 walks.
Nordhoff, currently 1-5 overall and 0-3 in league, plays at home
next Tuesday against Calabasas, both J.V. and varsity at 3:30
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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