The Sunny Hills softball team opened Freeway League play Tuesday in dominant fashion, scoring at will against Buena Park in an 18-1 home victory.
After finishing the non-league season with an 8-5 win over Valencia March 14, softball head coach Jon Caffrey said he wanted to work on offensive situations, and the team’s efforts in this area showed early against the Coyotes.
“We are fairly young with the players on the field,” the coach said of his team’s 4-6 record. “We need to hit better, field better and pitch better.”
And the Lady Lancers did all that Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Center-fielder senior Alana Backstrom started the team’s offensive burst by getting on base with a single in the first inning. Backstrom then stole second and third base before scoring the first run on a hit by catcher freshman Jessica Kim.
“It was like really exciting because I was the first one [to score],” Backstrom said. “It gave like a boost to my team, a boost of confidence.”
The Lady Lancers then went on to score six more runs in the first inning and accumulated 11 others before the head umpire called an end to the game because of the mercy rule in the top half of the fifth inning.
“We stayed really focused even though we were really putting it on Buena Park,” Caffrey said. “The kids played well [because the] pitcher threw really well, [and we] played solid defense.”
Sunny Hills next plays an away game Thursday against the La Habra Highlanders, and many of the Lady Lancers say Tuesday’s victory was a good first step toward reaching the goal of a Freeway League title this season.
“We started on a good note, and we will surely carry that momentum throughout the week,” Backstrom said.