'Cat sluggers knock off Viewpoint, 7-3
The Wildcat softball team (11-4 overall, 5-0 Condor League) upset
fifth-ranked CIF-SS Viewpoint (11-4, 7-0), 7-3, at Villanova
The Wildcat offense was led by three of the teams' most consistent
offensive stars, including first baseman, Tiffany Adams, whose
current batting average is .545. She went two for three on the
day. 'Cat catcher Sydney Malkin, whose current batting average
is .552, also had two hits, driving in two teammates. Third baseman
Connelly Jenks, whose current batting average is .605, went two
for three as well, with an RBI and one scored run. Pitcher Whitney
Jenks allowed only two hits and struck out six, picking up her
11th win of the year.
Viewpoint jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The Wildcats responded with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Connelly Jenks singled up the middle and stole second and third.
Courtney Ralston slapped a hard shot to the right side, scoring
Viewpoint scored another run in the third and Villanova responded
with two runs. Again, Connelly Jenks singled and stole second,
and then Ralston singled up the middle to score Jenks. Ralston
stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch.
The Wildcats scored three more runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Adams started the inning with a base hit down the third base
line. Kaitlyn Kirby followed with a base hit to the left side.
Adams and Kirby both advanced on stolen bases. Mary Wiggins then
walked, loading the bases. 'Cat Jessica Campbell hit a sharp
line drive up the middle.
The Viewpoint pitcher made a spectacular play and threw Adams
out at home. Katie Parziale slapped a single to the right side,
scoring Kirby. Malkin singled up the middle, scoring Wiggins,
and Connelly Jenks sacrificed, scoring Jessica Campbell. At
the top of the fifth, Villanova led, 6-2.
Viewpoint responded with a run in the fifth inning. The Wildcats
sealed the victory, scoring another run in the sixth when Katie
Parziale bunted, stole second and then third. Malkin lined a
single and Parziale scored.
This is the second time this season the Wildcats have beaten
a highly ranked team. Coach Bob Malkin said this was the best
game his team has played all season, adding that "Viewpoint
is a very good program. We raised our level of play and came
away with a big win for our program."
The Wildcats wrap up regular season play this week with three
games. They played Vasquez at home Tuesday (results were unavailable
as of press time). Thursday will find Villanova playing Cornerstone
Christian, which is currently 11-2 and 4-1 in league play.
A victory against Cornerstone could mean the first Wildcat Condor
League Championship and undefeated season in the school's history.
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