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3/28/2005

Softball Wins 5 of 6

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Eastern started the week by hosting non-conference visitor Seward County from Liberal Kansas. Renee Metzker who is the assistant coach played for Eastern in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Renee transferred to Cameron University and is now in her second year as assistant softball coach. After winning 5 and loosing 2 at the CAC tournament the weekend before, the Gila Monsters were showing signs of fatigue on the Monday match up. Game one had EAC up 2-1 through the 4th inning and then got a little cushion when lead-off batter Markie Varela hit a shot to the gap ending up on second base. After the sac by Amber Angle to move her to 3rd, Maren Christensen drives her in for the score. Varela again in the 7th, leads off with another hit and with some good base running sets herself up to be scored by Ivy Ramos who gets the RBI to end the game at 4-3.

Game two is all Gila Monsters. Doing what is expected against the non conference team and scoring 14 runs by the 4th inning allowed all of the Monsters to get on the field for at bats and fielding repetitions. Everybody had hits and scored in game 2 and the day was ended with the 2 teams enjoying lunch that was provided by Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Getting back to conference play on Tuesday, EAC hosted Paradise Valley for a double header. Eastern was not kind to the visitors with Erica Beltran taking the first win by a score of 13-0. The Monsters provided all of the offensive support needed for Beltran to pick up her sixth win of the season. Savannah Formo who typically has to pitch against other teams ace pitchers, got an easy win for herself as well winning the night cap by a score of 8-0.

Saturday hosts Central Arizona College who comes into the match with only 4 conference losses. They leave one heavy by losing the first game to the Gila Monsters by a score of 7-6 in favor of the home team. Eastern was a little slow getting started with the score tied 1-1in the first inning, did not score again until the 5th. With a 2 out rally in the fifth and the score being 1-6, EAC’s Markie Varela again leads the way with a double to center field. Amber Angle comes up big with a triple to follow, scoring Varela. Not to be outdone hitting Maren Christensen hit the monster bomb over the centerfield fence for the home run. Sabina Chavez follows with a single and steals second base to put herself in a position to score on an error on the hit by Allyson Nye. EAC scores in the 7th to tie the game on another home run this time coming form Sabina Chavez. That sets up the tie breaker in the 8th. Central was unable to score on their opportunity. With Allyson Nye going to second for EAC, the coach gets her thrown out at home on a short hit to the outfield for the second out. Raveon Harrowa, with 2 outs once again starts the rally and line drives a single to centerfield. She steals second base and Amber Toyota hits a dribbler in between first and second base, Harrowa rounds third to score and with a little miscommunication on the part of the CAC defenders, Harrowa scores with a bobble at first base.

The second game with Central, EAC could not get the ball rolling again. Central scored 8 runs by the fourth and EAC could never rally losing the game 3-8 on the nightcap.

EAC is 16-10 in conference play and must win in order to chase down one of the top 3 Division I teams for playoffs. Overall, the Gila Monsters as 29-13-1 and will have most of their schedule to play at home. Eastern started the week by hosting non-conference visitor Seward County from Liberal Kansas. Renee Metzker who is the assistant coach played for Eastern in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Renee transferred to Cameron University and is now in her second year as assistant softball coach. After winning 5 and loosing 2 at the CAC tournament the weekend before, the Gila Monsters were showing signs of fatigue on the Monday match up. Game one had EAC up 2-1 through the 4th inning and then got a little cushion when lead-off batter Markie Varela hit a shot to the gap ending up on second base. After the sac by Amber Angle to move her to 3rd, Maren Christensen drives her in for the score. Varela again in the 7th, leads off with another hit and with some good base running sets herself up to be scored by Ivy Ramos who gets the RBI to end the game at 4-3.

Game two is all Gila Monsters. Doing what is expected against the non conference team and scoring 14 runs by the 4th inning allowed all of the Monsters to get on the field for at bats and fielding repetitions. Everybody had hits and scored in game 2 and the day was ended with the 2 teams enjoying lunch that was provided by Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Getting back to conference play on Tuesday, EAC hosted Paradise Valley for a double header. Eastern was not kind to the visitors with Erica Beltran taking the first win by a score of 13-0. The Monsters provided all of the offensive support needed for Beltran to pick up her sixth win of the season. Savannah Formo who typically has to pitch against other teams ace pitchers, got an easy win for herself as well winning the night cap by a score of 8-0.

Saturday hosts Central Arizona College who comes into the match with only 4 conference losses. They leave one heavy by losing the first game to the Gila Monsters by a score of 7-6 in favor of the home team. Eastern was a little slow getting started with the score tied 1-1in the first inning, did not score again until the 5th. With a 2 out rally in the fifth and the score being 1-6, EAC’s Markie Varela again leads the way with a double to center field. Amber Angle comes up big with a triple to follow, scoring Varela. Not to be outdone hitting Maren Christensen hit the monster bomb over the centerfield fence for the home run. Sabina Chavez follows with a single and steals second base to put herself in a position to score on an error on the hit by Allyson Nye. EAC scores in the 7th to tie the game on another home run this time coming form Sabina Chavez. That sets up the tie breaker in the 8th. Central was unable to score on their opportunity. With Allyson Nye going to second for EAC, the coach gets her thrown out at home on a short hit to the outfield for the second out. Raveon Harrowa, with 2 outs once again starts the rally and line drives a single to centerfield. She steals second base and Amber Toyota hits a dribbler in between first and second base, Harrowa rounds third to score and with a little miscommunication on the part of the CAC defenders, Harrowa scores with a bobble at first base.

The second game with Central, EAC could not get the ball rolling again. Central scored 8 runs by the fourth and EAC could never rally losing the game 3-8 on the nightcap.

EAC is 16-10 in conference play and must win in order to chase down one of the top 3 Division I teams for playoffs. Overall, the Gila Monsters as 29-13-1 and will have most of their schedule to play at home.