Softball defeats San Marcos 7-1 in crosstown rivalry

By Haley Peterson

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Freshman Veronika Gulvin records the save after relieving Hannah Harris in the 6th inning

By Haley Peterson | Features Editor | April 3, 2012

The Chargers (4-1 in league, 10-2 overall) scored early and often in their second league match up hosting the San Marcos Royals (1-3 in league, 4-8 overall) on Tuesday afternoon, securing the win 7-1.

Before the game began, there was a heartfelt moment of silence in honor of Lindsay Rose and Sam Wopat, two former Dos Pueblos students who have certainly left their legacy on the DP community. This Thursday, April 5, will mark the 3 year anniversary of Rose’s passing, and the Charger community is mourning the recent loss of Samantha Wopat, who passed last weekend.

Once the game began, senior pitcher Hannah Harris took the mound in full force by shutting down the Royal’s offense and recording 5 strikeouts in the first two innings.

In the bottom of the second, Kristen Berlo, the San Marcos pitcher, could not find her groove as she walked the next few batters and found herself in a bases loaded situation. The Chargers were able to take advantage of the pitching mishaps and push two runs across the plate.

Not stopping there, Junior Agnetta Cleland stepped up to the plate and hit a two-run double into right-center field, putting the Chargers up 4-0 in the bottom of the second.

“It was pretty surprising [going to the right side] because I’m usually a pull hitter, but I’m glad I could help out the team and score those runs,” said Cleland.

After an overthrow to second base on a steal in the top of the third, the Royals took advantage of the situation and scored their lone unearned run.

Coming up to the plate for her second at bat, Harris was ready to hit. But she would not get the chance as she was beamed in her pitching arm just below her elbow pad.

Harris disregarded the pain and continued pitching, coming out of the 4th inning pitching a no-hitter.

In her next at bat, Berlo hit Harris again in the same location on her forearm, causing immediate swelling and a throbbing sensation.

“I was genuinely concerned with how severe the injury was just because it was my right arm,” said Harris after the game with a heavily taped bag of ice numbing her forearm to prevent further swelling. “After I felt the pain, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pitch.”

However, she briefly persevered through the pain during the top of the 5th inning and yet again shut down the Royals.

Freshman Veronika Gulvin came in to relieve Harris for the last two innings of the game and only allowed one hit.

To help cushion their lead, freshman Ady Willett singled in the bottom of the 6th to score two runs for the Chargers. Maddy Buie, also a freshman, collected her first hit of the season for DP.

Dos Pueblos held their ground as Gulvin struck out the last San Marcos batter to end the game to earn her the save.

The Chargers face the Royals again at San Marcos on Thursday, April 5 at 3:30pm in another league match up.

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