Courier Staff Report
James Logan's Lady Colts softball team beat MVAL rivals Newark Memorial 5-1 Tuesday afternoon at the Peter Mendoza sports complex.
The Newark Memorial Cougars struck first with a lead-off double that a subsequent single turned into a run, making the score 1-0 after the first half inning.
The Lady Colts got even in the second after they loaded the bases with no outs. The Cougars made a play at home plate to get the first out, but, with the bases still loaded, gave up a walk to junior Clarissa Blaquera to even the score at 1-1. Sophomore outfielder Alexis Mattos flied out to center field for the second out of the inning, but junior Kimberly Goulart hit a pitch into right field that fell a few feet in front of the Cougar fielder, allowing two Lady Colts to score. Goulart was caught in a run-down on her way to second base, ending the inning with the score 3-1.
In the fourth inning, the Lady Colts struck again. Senior Marissa Perez singled back to the pitcher, and a sacrifice bunt by senior Jazmine Reed sent Perez to second base with one out. Senior Alexis Martinez singled to left field, allowing Perez to score from second.
Behind 4-1 in the fourth inning, the Cougars threatened to make up ground. With a player on third base with one out, a walk resulted in players on first and third. After the Colt fielder bobbled a Cougar hit in shallow left field, the Cougar on third tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate. With two outs, a strikeout ended the inning.
The Lady Colts added a run in the fifth inning to make the final score 5-1.
The win put the Lady Colts at 11-1 for the season and 3-0 in league play.