2017-03-17 / Sports
Get on the bus
Camarillo softball is ranked No. 2 in CIF Division 2 poll
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.”
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.”
“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.
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.
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.”