Softball: Canyon Crest Academy Ravens 13, La Jolla Country Day Torreys 7 -- New head coach leads Country Day Torreys into future

By Ed Piper

New Head Coach Lissa Lewis led the La Jolla Country Day Torreys into their home opener on their beautiful home field March 11 against visiting Canyon Crest Academy Ravens. They took their lumps, giving up three runs in the third inning and six in the sixth, falling, 13-7.

But in the spring, “Hope springs eternal,” as the new season lies ahead. Lewis served as an assistant coach for five years.

Amrita Assomull drove in two runs with a base hit, and Katie Lyle and Jacqueline Nelson each had two base hits and an RBI as Country Day collected a total of 11 hits.

The Torreys’ overall record stood at 3-2, after three wins in four games at the Shamrock Classic Yuma last week.

“Definitely (we’ll be) working on our defense,” said Taylor Johnson, senior shortstop in comments before the game. “We lost our number one pitcher (Christine Campbell) from last year. She was our starter for four years. And we’re trying to get used to the new pitching.” This involves alignments, where to position players.

Senior lefty Jacqui Penera started the game for the Torreys, and then Lewis inserted sophomore righty Kayla Magid in the three-run third inning to try to stem the Ravens’ rally. Canyon Crest was able to put together back-to-back hits to the outfield in the inning to take away the 2-1 lead LJCD built in the bottom of the previous inning.

The Torreys are scheduled to play four games in three days in the Duds by Dudes annual tournament at Country Day and La Jolla High Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22. Coach Lewis should be able to air out her full roster over the three days, with lots of innings to use everyone.

Catcher Emily Springfield, who was filling in for Johnson at short until she came over from the Torrey basketball team, which was playing in the Southern California Regionals, had a .512 batting average in 2013, with five home runs and 27 RBI’s. She is rocking the ball at a .462 clip through five games so far this season. She already has two homers with five RBI’s.

Magid had another hit against Canyon Crest and is hitting .500 on 7 for 14. Not too shabby. Jacqueline Nelson’s pair of hits lifted her average to .500 on 7 for 14, as well. Katie Lyle had two hits and upped her average to .357.

Samantha Moothart scratched out a hit against the Ravens, putting her at .417 with five hits in the young season. Coach Lewis’ daughter Jessica was a utility infielder. She graduated last year and is now attending Northwestern University, though not playing sports.