The first time Lompoc High softball loaded the bases with one out against Nipomo at NHS, the Titans wound up getting back-to-back outs to seal the second inning and prevent a Braves’ scoring rampage.
But the Braves took advantage of future full base scenarios from there – scoring a combined six runs during the next two loaded-base sequences and routing the Titans 16-4 in five innings on Thursday.
Head coach Margie Ledgerwood liked the swinging and hitting results from her team.
“We hit a ton today,” Ledgerwood said, smiling. “The hitting is contagious and the kids are having fun. This was pretty much a full team effort. It was a good win.”
Lompoc (4-5 overall, 3-1 in the Los Padres League) got up on the scoreboard early after back-to-back doubles drove two runners in to put Lompoc up 2-0. The Titans would counter in the bottom of the second, as Taylor Kaiser’s double between center and left field drove one runner home for NHS’s first run.
Then, Kaiser charged home plate after an attempted play at the bag and got her fingers on home – tying things up at 2-2.
But it was all LHS from there in this LPL battle.
In the third inning, Lompoc began its scoring onslaught by loading the bases.
Lexi Porter smashed a two-run hit to extend the lead to 4-2. With the bases full again, Sierra Preston sent the ball flying toward center field, bringing two more Braves home and making it 6-2. Jayden Andrade then helped end the scoring in the third with her double toward right field that sent two more LHS players to home plate. Andrade brought to lead to 9-2 by sprinting home on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the third, Karley Camacho gave NHS’s dugout some life – by smashing a pitch over the center field fence for the solo home run.
The Titans then got three runners on base after that home run blast, but Lompoc’s defense clamped down and got back-to-back outs to seal the inning.
The Braves pulled away further in the top of the fourth. After Michelle Hill loaded the bases with a single, Porter pounded a drive down the third base line – drawing two more Braves home and increasing the lead to 11-3.
Preston, who was the starting pitcher, then pounded a double to right field that got Mya Mendoza to cross home base, making it 12-3.
Jackie Casteneda’s double to center field saw the ball roll to the fence, luring two more Braves home and making it 15-3.
The final dagger came from Heidi Cardenas – who blasted her solo home run bomb over the American flag at center field for Lompoc’s final run of the game.
Not only was Ledgerwood impressed with how the Braves responded to a loaded pressure scenario on offense, she was in awe of their zeal in those sequences.
“It’s fun to see them getting excited to execute when under pressure,” Ledgerwood said.
The Braves entered the Los Padres League contest with a 0-5 record in games that see LHS allow more than three runs. But that record now stands with one win after the 12-run rout of the Titans. Ledgerwood hopes that a win like this instills more confidence in her young team.
“We just need to continue to work on communication and continue to grow together as a team – making sure we support each other all the time,” Ledgerwood said.
Cabrillo 12, Santa Maria 6
Cabrillo head coach David Riley called it a nice, balanced team win over the Saints on Thursday – scoring six wins each in both the singles and doubles realm.
Cedric Kwon took all three of his contests by scores of 6-0, 6-2 and 6-0. Anton Bohtig also won all three of his sets by scores of 6-0, 6-3 and 6-1. All three of CHS’s doubles teams won two of three matches against the Saints.