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June 4, 2023

Lady Hounds softballers have busy week on diamond

The Lady Greyhound varsity softball squad didn¹t play their best
ball of the campaign last week, but they did manage to win two
games in five outings.
Healdsburg posted wins over Windsor, 6-3 and Kelseyville, 12-1,
but finished the busy week with losses to Casa Grande, 10-0, 4-1
and Ukiah, 2-1. The mixed bag left the team with an overall mark of
13-8 and 5-6 in the SCL. At press time, the ladies were preparing
to wrap up the league season on May 16 at Petaluma.
³Overall, we didn¹t play very well last week, especially in the
double-header against Casa Grande,² Healdsburg coach Brian Osborn
said. ³We¹re having some problems scoring runs right now and we¹re
hitting the ball right at people. On a positive note, we do have 13
wins and have a chance to finish the season with less than
double-digits in losses so we¹ve surpassed even our own
expectations.²
The ladies are on the verge of grabbing their second straight
North Coast Section 2A playoff berth and expect a decent seed in
next week¹s tournament.
³I¹m hoping our record (7-0 in 2A games) and win over Petaluma
helps get us a home game in the playoffs,² noted Osborn. ³I¹m
expecting about a fourth seed.²
On Tuesday, ace hurler Jennah Peavler went the distance to notch
a 6-3 win over host Windsor. Alyssa Baroni laced a clutch, two-run,
pinch-hit triple in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie and it was
all Peavler (7 IP, 4 hits, 8 Ks) would need the rest of the way.
Leading hitters included: Peavler (2 for 3, 2B), Charlene Andrews
(1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBIs), Christina Leahy (2 for 3, 3B, 2 RBIs) and
Baroni (1 for 2, 3B, 2 RBIs).
Taylor Dericco tossed four strong innings at Kelseyville on
Wednesday, with Lily Tomkovic closing it out in mop-up duty in a
12-1 win. Pacing the attack were: Baroni (2 for 4, 4 RBIs), Mary
Minaglia (2 for 4, 2 RBIs) and Tomkovic (1 for 1, 2 RBIs).
The Ladies traveled to Casa Grande for a forgettable twin-bill
on Thursday. The Healdsburg gloves let starter Taylor Dericco down
in game one, committing an uncharacteristic six errors in the first
inning in a 10-0 loss. Devon Dericco, Leahy and Samantha Erickson
each had hits for the Hounds. Peavler kept her team in the game in
the nightcap, but Casa broke a 1-1 tie in a three-run fifth to pull
out a 4-1 win. Leading hitters included: Erickson (2 for 3, 2B,
run), Peavler (1 for 3) and Tomkovic (1 for 1, 2B).
On Saturday, the ladies dropped a well-played, 2-1 decision at
Ukiah. Peavler was locked in a duel with Wildcat starter Lindsay
Kiely, but five walks and one hit batsman was just enough for Ukiah
to emerge the winner. Pacing the attack for Healdsburg were:
Erickson (1 for 3), Andrews (2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBIs) and Peavler (1
for 3). Brooke Gustely swiped her 18th bag of the season, tying her
with Devon Dericco for the team lead.

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