Ranger batters cut through
MHS Shark defense
by Misty Volaski
Though NHS's varsity softball team began the 2002 season rather
dismally, the Lady Rangers rallied behind coach Tom Husted to
once again become a force in the Frontier League, winning four
of their last five games.
The Rangers left the Malibu field victorious again last Friday,
hitting the Sharks with 10 runs off 10 hits.
Malibu was held to two runs, which came in the fourth and seventh
innings off Ranger pitcher Diana Garvin, who relieved Tiffany
Tolliver in the fourth inning. The two girls allowed only three
Sharks' hits on the day.
Offensively, Christina Stoltz, "One of the county's best
hitters," according to Husted, went two for four with a
triple and two scored runs. Teammate Garvin also went two for
four, and stole three bases.
The win ups the varsity Rangers to a 5-6 overall record.
Seizing another win for Nordhoff was the junior varsity squad,
who bested the J.V. Sharks, 10-0.
On her first start of the year, pitcher Ashley Wolcott struck
out seven and threw a no-hitter to hold the Sharks scoreless.
Wolcott also batted 1000 with a single, while Courtney Kresge
kept pace with a single of her own.
Shark pitcher Tracy Young and catcher Mel Kruger led their team
from the mound and behind the plate, but could not stop the Ranger
In their second meeting, the J.V. Rangers traveled to Malibu
with better results than their previous game, this time beating
he Sharks 13-1.
Top batters for the Rangers included Taryn Odle, who homered
into center field, doubled once and singled twice. She contributed
three RBIs and also went four for five.
Pitcher Rachelle Madrid batted 1000 going three for three, with
three singles and two runs scored. She brought out the heat to
hold the Sharks to two hits and only one run.
Going two for four with a single and double to left field was
Tianna Graham. Teammate Ali Weedon, sister of NHS'powerhouse
catcher Trevor Weedon, crushed a home run to center field and
crossed the plate three times, and added two RBIs.
The junior varsity Rangers are now 8-0 overall.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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