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Softball: Holy Family’s focused at-bat reaps season’s first win

GOLDEN — Patience at the plate in Saturday’s early morning heat not only had third-ranked Holy Family’s offense rolling against Golden, it also earned the team its first win of the season.

The Tigers devoured their hosts in a four-inning, 16-0 mercy-rule outing that found Holy Family turning the cranks on its runs almost from the get-go. The team opened the game scoring nine runs in the first, then put the game away three-inning later, sending seven more runs home in the third.

“We feel we are much further along, not only on offense, but everywhere compared to last year,” Holy Family coach Glen Ramos said. “We a very pleased with how we played.”

Much of Holy Family’s (1-1) early success was due to the Demons’ (0-1) troubles on the mound. Starting pitcher Kylie Santos could not find her groove in her team’s first outing of the season, walking the first four batters she faced in the opening inning.

Things got worse for the right-hander from there, with Caitlyn Krenz waking up what turned out to be verylively Tigers’ bats. The third baseman hit the first of Holy Family’s three doubles, with the first-inning shot to left field sending three runners home.

Grace Petersen and Monique Gonzales each hit their doubles in the third, Petersen’s scoring two runs, Gonzales’ three. But before the Tigers second big offensive explosion the team had to suffer through a lull, when Taylor Juarez relived Santos in the second inning.

“I just thing we got too comfortable with the score and didn’t execute for an inning,” Krenz said. “But we got our heads back into the game pretty quickly.”

Holy Family’s defense had no problem with the Demons’ batters, with Nicole Gardon pounding the zone. The pitcher had her tense moments, with seven base runners getting into scoring position. But the junior finished with four strikeouts and only allowed five hits in her four innings of work.

 “I was so excited with how we played today,” Gardon said. “We’ve been working so hard and a win like this shows we are ready for the season.”