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Softball team wins first title in 21 years

Girls go undefeated, earn #1 seed in playoffs
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Areli Colin
In the playoff game against San Mateo, senior Samantha Ortiz gets a hit and drives in a run in the 4-10 loss. “Personally, I didn’t play to my full potential and I think our team was holding back from our potential as well,” she said.

After not going to CCS since 2003 the Lady Trojans stepped up this year and showed great consistency throughout the season. “I’m so excited and so thrilled, I’m happy for the girls,” Coach Sunil Smith said. “I’m glad that they were able to make history this year.”  

The team went undefeated in the Cypress division, finishing a perfect 16-0 and 21-4 overall. Coach Smith is very proud of his team’s accomplishment, “I’m blown away,” he said. “ It was truly amazing on so many levels!” 

Coach Smith credited the team’s experience as a factor in the team’s success. “We were blessed to have a lot of girls that played travel ball,” he said. “They’re the core and everyone else got better just by being around them.” The players were also very ecstatic about making it to CCS, “I am truly blessed to be able to make history at Alisal in my final year playing high school ball,” senior Jordan Smith said. “We have a great team with great talent that can go far into the playoffs and carry the legacy for many years to come.” 

There was a lot of growth throughout the season physically, as well as mentally, “Knowing that people are going to make mistakes helped me remember to be patient with myself,” Jordan Smith said. “Growing to be more vocal on the field and showing my emotions is going to help me be more vocal on the field for my travel team.

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The girls’ season came to an end on Saturday, May 18. After earning the #1 seed and a home game in Division 3, they lost to #8 seed San Mateo, 4-10.  

“We came out confident but just came up short,” senior Samantha Ortiz said. “Our hitting was good for the first few innings then we started to struggle. It’s hard as an athlete to feel like you’re not helping your team out when we need it the most. It meant a lot to the softball team, having a crowd that could back us up on our great plays but also our mistakes.”

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