2017-03-17 / Sports

Get on the bus

Camarillo softball is ranked No. 2 in CIF Division 2 poll
By Jonathan Andrade


EARTH LIGHT—Camarillo High softball players Carly Ormand, left, and Lauren Cowans converse during the Scorpions’ 7-6 win against Royal on March 9. Ormand and Cowans are junior standouts. 
Photos by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers EARTH LIGHT—Camarillo High softball players Carly Ormand, left, and Lauren Cowans converse during the Scorpions’ 7-6 win against Royal on March 9. Ormand and Cowans are junior standouts. Photos by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SOFTBALL /// Camarillo Scorpions

The Scorpions let a golden opportunity slip away.

They won’t let it happen again.

Camarillo High’s softball team lost to Coastal Canyon League rival Simi Valley 8-7 on March 14, blowing a three-run lead in the process.

“Next time we play Simi, it won’t be a loss,” junior shortstop Lauren Cowans said. “We’ve learned from our mistakes.”

The setback was the first of the season for Camarillo (7-1 overall, 2-1 in the Coastal Canyon League). The Scorpions, ranked No. 2 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 poll, will be fine.

“We can’t let that game define us,” said senior catcher Savanna Salyer-Kovacs, a Cal State Monterey Bay commit. “It’s only one game. We can come back and win it next time. Next time we just have to stop making errors.”


POWER UP—Camarillo’s Delaney Diaz hits a game-tying double in the seventh inning against Royal on March 9. Diaz, a junior, is thriving after undergoing multiple surgeries for cancer in her left eye last year. POWER UP—Camarillo’s Delaney Diaz hits a game-tying double in the seventh inning against Royal on March 9. Diaz, a junior, is thriving after undergoing multiple surgeries for cancer in her left eye last year. Camarillo’s defense, which had five errors in the first seven games, had four miscues against Simi Valley. The two teams lock horns again two more times, on April 19 and May 9.

Scorpion head coach Nichole Pinedo said there’s a lesson to be learned from the sting of defeat.

“I hope it hurts,” she said. “I hope they understand where we broke down in those situations and that we learn from it so it doesn’t happen again.”


WHO’S ON SECOND?—Camarillo’s Nautika Diaz has 13 RBI this year. WHO’S ON SECOND?—Camarillo’s Nautika Diaz has 13 RBI this year. Camarillo’s offense has been cruising all season, racking up hits and runs against anyone who’s dared to step into the circle.

“There’s really no one person that’s just killing it,” the skipper said. “They’re sticking together and always believing they have a chance to win the game.”

Nautika Diaz, a senior who plays second base, entered the week with a team-high 13 RBI and two home runs.

Fellow senior Bridget Fleener, who patrols first base, started the year with nine RBI and one homer.

Cowans and junior Carly Ormand, a right fielder, have also knocked pitches out of the park this season.

Delaney Diaz, a junior who controls the hot corner, has knocked in some clutch runs this year along with Salyer-Kovacs. The two entered the week with a combined 11 RBI.


DEFENSE—Raquel Mobley is a senior infielder for the Scorpions. DEFENSE—Raquel Mobley is a senior infielder for the Scorpions. Rachel Hurtado, a junior who shares innings with Delaney Diaz at third base, swings a mean stick. Hurtado entered the week with a .500 batting average in 16 plate appearances.

Delanee Upchurch, a sophomore who tracks down balls in right field, is hitting .385 with three RBI.

“Our hitting’s there,” Upchurch said. “We just have to string it together with defense and we’ll be good.”

Sarah Urrea, a junior, plays center field. Bianca Gutierrez, a sophomore, patrols left field.

Freshmen rule the circle for Camarillo.

Eryka Gonzales and Lindsey Cowans, Lauren Cowans’ younger sister, start in the circle. Junior Chloe Nightingale, a transfer from La Reina, will be eligible to pitch on April 3.

Upchurch said the team’s success starts with the coaching staff.


TOP GUN—Lindsey Cowans is a freshman pitcher for Camarillo. TOP GUN—Lindsey Cowans is a freshman pitcher for Camarillo. “Our coaches push us a lot,” she said. “That motivates us to do our best. So do the upperclassmen. They do a lot for us.”

Camarillo never quits.

“We don’t give up,” Salyer- Kovacs said. “We’re always pushing. Even if we’re down, we don’t get discouraged. We always keep going.”

The Scorpions’ march to the Coastal Canyon title continues on March 21 when they face Oak Park on the road.

“Every season we want to be winners,” Lauren Cowans said. “Our goal is to win league and make it to CIF. That’s what we’re shooting for.

“Every game, every pitch, every moment is important.”


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