Lady Cards out of play after first round of CIF playoffs

May 27, 2005
The Santa Paula girls’ softball team made it to the first round of the CIF playoffs, but ran into a brick wall called Santa Monica High School. The Lady Cardinals lost their playoff game 11-0. The team had an up and down season but certainly can be proud of making the playoffs with a third place in the Frontier League.There is some controversy surrounding the game. It was called after five innings, despite CIF rules that playoff games must be played a full seven innings. Santa Paula has written CIF officials about the error, but it’s not expected that the results will change.“Santa Paula girls softball had a good season,” said Coach Heather Schock. “We started out the season with rain and practices inside the gym. Throughout the season the athletes continued to build and learn the game. Mid way through we lost some players due to grades which demanded the younger athletes to step up and excel at the higher level.”She said that towards the end of the season the girls started to peak at the right time, winning their last two league games against Santa Clara to seal 3rd place in Frontier league. This granted them a spot in the first round CIF playoffs.“We made the trip to Santa Monica were the girls had a great opportunity to see what it is like to play at a different level of competition,” Schock said.
“Nicole Sliger had a great season leading our team on the defensive side with 10 assists and 100 putouts. Nicole also had a batting average of .333 and 11 stolen bases. Heather Sliger had a great season leading our offensive side with a .396 batting average. Heather also had five stolen bases, 20 assists and 53 put outs. Our pitching was shared between three athletes, Celina Rios with a ERA of 2.769, Jaclyn Kohr ERA of 2.459 and Nianna Morris had an ERA of 3.354.”The team is losing two outstanding seniors, Heather Sliger and Yvonne Alamillo. “These athletes worked very hard this season and will be missed,” the coach added.Schock also said that, “Finally, we have a very strong young team that learned a lot this year and they are already fired up for next season. The Santa Paula girls softball team wanted to say thank you to the parents, the community and the school for all their support to make the 2005 softball season a success.

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