Sagehen Softball Season Swings into Action

Although a few tough losses over the
weekend threw them a curveball, the Pomona-Pitzer softball team (0-3) is shaping up for a promising
season ahead.

In their season opener at Pomona’s softball field, the Hens dropped both games of a double-header against the Whitworth University Pirates by scores of 6-0 and 7-1. A third-inning RBI double and fifth-inning RBI single put the first game out of reach, and a three-run home run in the seventh left no room for a comeback. 

The Pirates pulled ahead 4-0 in the second
game, but third baseman Paige Oliver PO ’16 was able to reach home base after the Hens
capitalized on singles by catcher and first baseman Sam Carlson PO ’18 and second baseman Meagan Tokunaga PO ’15. The Hens were unable to muster additional offense, however, and Whitworth scored three more runs in the sixth inning before the game was
stopped due to darkness.

The Hens next faced the St. Katherine College Firebirds Jan. 31, succumbing in a 9-1 loss after the Firebirds scored three
runs in two consecutive innings. First-year pitcher and first baseman Emily Rockhill PO ’18 hit a double in the top of the second, and Tokunaga drove her
in for the Sagehens’ only run of the game.

The team remains confident despite its early-season adversity. The softball season is a long one, with regular season
games running through the end of April. 

“Based on the performance of the first
three games, we have a lot of room for improvement,” head coach Joanne Ferguson said. “What I’m happy about is that we are
facing these challenges early in the season and we are able to see exactly what
we need to keep working on in preparation for SCIAC play.”

Like their coach, the players are fully committed to improving their performance. P-P’s daily
practices are dedicated to improving every aspect of the team’s game to come
out stronger in the weeks ahead.

definitely working on increasing our focus,” Tokunaga said. “It’s a really long
season, and we’re working on being able to stay engaged and stay intense
throughout all 14 innings in a day.”

team is a young one, with six first-years and six sophomores composing over
half the team. The four seniors compose the leadership of the team, and each player
brings a different background and set of experiences from which the others can learn.

last time our softball team qualified for the SCIAC tournament was during the
seniors’ freshman year,” Ferguson said. “I know they are driven to lead
our team back to the top of the SCIAC conference and leave our program better
than they found it.”

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