ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
On Saturday, Apr. 1, the Whittier College Women’s Softball team competed in two games against the Occidental College Tigers at Whittier College’s very own Palmer Field.
Although the team was able to break their long losing streak and come up with a win in their first game against the Tigers, they were unable to defeat the opposing team in the second game, losing 11-6.
The Poets started the double-header off a little rocky, allowing the Tigers to score the first run early in the game. The Tigers’ lead did not last long, for the Poets were able to rally three runs in the first two innings, giving the Poets a 3-1 lead.
Three innings passed before the Tigers threatened to make a comeback, scoring another run in the seventh inning. Despite their run in the seventh inning, the Tigers were incapable of scoring another run, leaving the Poets to take the win 3-2.
“In our last double header, we played really well in the first game and fought hard to close the door in the last innings to get the win,” said junior shortstop Marialena Ahern.
Unlike their first game against the Tigers, the Poets were able to score the first run of the game during the second inning. However, that was the last time the Poets held the lead. Soon after the Poets’ leading run, the Tigers put up four runs in the third inning and another five in the fourth, making the score an outstanding 9-3. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Poets scored any more runs, but the game was already too out of reach for the Poets. Despite being victorious in their first game against the Tigers, the Poets were unable to keep their momentum going, losing 11-6.
“Even though we took the loss, there was a lot that came out of the game that we were able to learn from and work on during practice.” said Ahern.
The team has gained several new players this season. “With all the new girls that we have this year, our team is moving in the right direction,” said Ahern. “We are all constantly learning and growing every day to get 1 percent better, day in and day out. We have a lot of depth in our roster, which is our biggest tool this season.”
This is looking to be a successful season for the Poets, with the team currently tied for third in the overall SCIAC ranking.
“[This] is a great place to be. Our goal is to make it to the post season tournament, and if we continue to do what we need to do and keep our standing in the top four, we can do just that,” said Ahern.
Whittier has a high chance at achieving that goal. Every week, each member of the team sets goals for themselves along with a goal for the team as a whole.
“We work on these goals during practice so by game day we are ready to go.” said Ahern. “Our practices are always the time and place that we push each other to get better. The competitiveness we emulate during practice helps us compete during games. Our coach does such a great job at creating a practice environment that both tests our abilities and keeps it fun. We are a family.”
The Whittier College Women’s Softball team will travel to Thousand Oaks, California this Saturday, Apr. 8 to play a doubleheader against the Regals of California Lutheran University at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.