Gaels’ season comes to end

Softball: Holy Family falls in wild-card playoff road game Tuesday.

May 19, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — The Holy Family softball team had no trouble collecting hits and getting runners on base. Capitalizing on the scoring chances proved to be a lot more difficult.

Holy Family collected nine hits, but it wasn’t enough in a 10-1 loss to Baptist Christian in a CIF Southern Section Division VI wild-card contest Tuesday afternoon, as the Gaels’ first trip to the postseason since 2003 came to a quick end.

“We had more than our share of hits,” said Holy Family second-year Coach Greg Ziomek, whose team finished 10-11. “We got those hits, but we just couldn’t put them together and we had a couple of people caught stealing.


“At times, we didn’t play our best ball and it was a combination of bloop hits, bunts and errors that went against us.”

Baptist Christian, which finished third in the Victory League, improved to 12-4 and will take part in a first-round road game against second-seeded La Salle on Thursday.

Baptist Christian scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning to grab a 2-0 advantage.

The Warriors tallied a pair of runs in the third to extend their lead to 4-0.

Holy Family, which placed third in the Horizon League behind Alverno and San Gabriel Mission, got on the scoreboard in the fifth, cutting the lead to 4-1.

Aurora Aguirre was hit by a pitch an then stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch.

“We got back into a bit right there, but then they scored some more runs,” Ziomek said. “We were just not on the ball today.”

Holy Family received two hits apiece from Melanie Leyva and Rachel Turner.

The Gaels also got one hit each from Alexa Sandoval, Gabby Diaz, Aguirre, Becky Martinez and Amber Camacho.

Ziomek said he has high expectations for the Gaels next season.

“It’s the first time in a while that Holy Family has made the playoffs,” Ziomek said. “The team is still learning the ropes.

“We do have the talent and moments of brilliance. Other times, we have a lot of youth and inexperience that turns those moments of brilliance into bad play. We have eight players back next season and we expect to move up in the league standings and have a winning record.”

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