LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Faced with one of its most important and arduous Prep League tests and having to do so — at least at the start — with standout pitcher Denise van der Goot in a classroom literally taking an exam, Flintridge Prep's softball team entered its matchup with Rio Hondo Prep a bit apprehensive.
"We were definitely apprehensive," said Rebels senior third baseman Abbey Deckop. "Just not seeing her warming up made us nervous."
But after one very momentous first inning of offense, the Rebels were at ease and stayed as such, with five first-inning runs setting the tone for an impressive 9-2 win over the Kares on Tuesday evening at Flintridge Prep.
"It's a great win for us," said Rebels Coach Julie Jaime, whose Rebels improved to 11-3 overall and 8-1 in league, maintaining first place atop the standings, while putting Rio Hondo at 11-5, 5-3. "This is a big, big game."