Francis Parker girls softball team runs over The Bishop’s School, 10-1 in La Jolla

By Michael Ragovin

Francis Parker School had their hitting shoes on April 11, 2013 when they rolled over The Bishop’s School, 10-1, in a girls softball game played at Bishop’s field. The teams were just not evenly matched and it was apparent from the very beginning.

The Francis Parker Lancers began the top of the first with two walks followed by a single to right that brought in their first run. The next two batters flew out and struck out. If not for an error that allowed two more runs to score, the Bishop’s Knights would have gotten out of the inning allowing only one run. At the end of the top of the first, the score was 3-0 Parker.

The Knights half of the first began with Madeleine Armstrong striking out. Sabrina Strauss grounded to short for the second out. Aida Ayala singled and Sabrina Moreno doubled and it was ruled a ground rule double because it bounced over the right field fence. The runner on first could advance only to third. After a walk to Shakira Trejo, the bases were loaded with two outs. A ground out to short by Abby Vickers ended the first inning with Parker leading 3-0

Parker went in order in the top of the second. The bottom of the second started with Grace Young striking out. Olivia Lafferty grounded out to short. Madeleine Moreno walked and Madeleine Morales struck out. At the end of two innings, Parker remained in front, 3-0.

The first batter for Parker in the top of the third struck out. The next batter hit a home run over the right field fence. Two outfield fly outs and after two and a half Bishop’s trailed 4-0. Strauss walked to begin the bottom of the third. Ayala popped to third. Moreno lined out to the second baseman and Trejo grounded to short for the third out.

The first batter for Parker in the top of the fourth walked followed by a fly to left, a pop up to the pitcher and a ground out to third. In the Bishop’s half of the fourth Lafferty walked. A ground out to the pitcher, pop up to third and a ground out to second left Lafferty stranded on first.

In the top of the fifth, Parker had a run homer and the score became 5-0.

Armstrong led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield single. Strauss sacrificed Armstrong to second. Lafferty struck out and Moreno walked putting runners on first and second with two outs. Then Trejo struck out to end the threat. The Knights trailed 5-0.

Parker got a base runner by way of a single to center and Trejo threw her out trying to steal second. That finished Parker in their half of the sixth.

Bishop’s managed a walk and could advance no further as the inning ended with three straight outs. Going into the top of the seventh Parker led 5-0.

In the top of the seventh, Parker started with a double to right and the runner scoring on a single and taking third on a throwing error. The first out was a pop out to second. With a runner on third and one out a single up the middle scored the runner from third. An infield hit put runners on first and second with one out. A single to left scored the runner from second. A throwing error put runners on first and third with one out. A single to left scored the runner from third.

There was a pop out to pitcher and there were two outs with runners on first and second. Another throwing error allowed the runners to move up to second and third. A single to left scored the runner from third. A fly ball to left ended the inning. After the top of the sixth Parker led 10-0.

The bottom of the seventh saw Strauss ground out to second and Ayala popped up the pitcher. Moreno singled followed by an infield single to third by Trejo. The third baseman made a throwing error allowing a run to score. Vickers walked and there were runners on first and second with two outs. Lafferty grounded to third to end the game with the final score, Parker 10 and Bishop’s 1.

Although the Knights were behind from the beginning they played as hard in the seventh inning with two out as they did in the first inning. Grace Young pitched the entire game for the Knights. She was hit in the shoulder by a fastball that really stung. Even though Parker was behind by several runs most of the game, Grace continued to pitch as if the score was 0-0. Great work by the entire team.