Carlsbad varsity softball dominates San Marcos


Sierra Gomperts

Junior Juliana McDonald is the starting pitcher for the girls softball team. McDonald has been on varsity for three years and continues to prove her talents. The girls beat San Marcos in their game on monday 14-2.

The varsity softball team faced San Marcos on April 14 with the home field advantage. In the first inning, San Marcos was unable to put any points on the scoreboard because of Carlsbad’s strong defense. With the Lancers up to bat, they established their dominance in the game early on by having five runs, giving the team momentum for the rest of the game.

“We have been working super hard by hitting in the cages, doing defensive work and tough conditioning everyday. We also have new coaches who have really helped us perform and play at a higher level than we have before,” junior Julie McDonald said. “We had some great offensive plays in the beginning of the game that helped us take the lead fast. Our team is looking great this season.”

The second inning brought four more runs to Carlsbad, however San Marcos was still unable to put up any points until the third inning. With the score 9-1, the Lancers were able to score five more points to finish out the third inning.

“We had a hard-hitting game, and I think it is only going to get better for us,” junior Hannah Bandimere said. “We know that we have to come out strong this season, so we make sure to work hard all the time to bring home the wins.”

The fourth inning ended quickly with no runs on either side due to stealth defensive plays by both San Marcos and Carlsbad. San Marcos completed one final run before the game ended in the fifth inning. The final score of the game was 14-2 with the Lancer victory.

“This game really showed what Carlsbad is bringing to softball this season and we are super excited about it,” junior Erika Anderson said. “Our new coaching staff gives us a new edge, because everything we do is a little different than how it was before.”

Pitcher Julie McDonald held San Marcos to only two runs, five hits and one walk. On offense, senior Erika Piancastelli hit two home-runs to propel the Lancers to the top. The softball team is looking forward to carrying on their winning streak throughout league play and the rest of their season.

“League is always very important to us because it’s what we have been working towards all season,” junior Erika Anderson said. “We are  working hard every day to stay strong and end the season with a bang by winning CIF this season.”