Striking out

BVH softball loses 1-3 against CCH

Senior Sophia Estrada received a pitch from fellow senior Nicole Hill. Their warm-up occured right before their game against Cathedral Catholic High School.

Luis Suarez

Senior Sophia Estrada received a pitch from fellow senior Nicole Hill. Their warm-up occured right before their game against Cathedral Catholic High School.

Luis Suarez, Photographer

Tuesday, April 30th, the Bonita Vista High School (BVH) girls’ softball team played a home game against the Cathedral Catholic High School (CCH) girls’ softball team, losing with a score of 1-3.

“Right from the first pitch, I was locked in,” centerfield player and senior Nicole Hill (6) said. “I knew this was going to be a tough game defensively. I was never nervous; [I was] ready to run a ball down or back up other players on the field.”

Confidence was a key factor that went into the team’s playstyle that evening, as noted by pitcher and senior Alexis Guevera (8). 

“I think we played hard and put up a tough fight,” Guevera said. “I felt confident in my pitching and in my teammates behind me. We just [needed] to keep working hard like we have been.”

I think we played hard and put up a tough fight.”

— Senior Alexis Guevera (8)

Despite their efforts, the BVH softball team could not beat CCH and the game ended with a defeat for BVH.

“They were a good team and we knew going into [the game] that they would come ready to compete with us,” Hill said.

The game ended with the acknowledgement of retrospective thinking amongst the players on how they could improve for the upcoming game. Hill wished she had handled a more specific attack on the defensive side differently. 

“This was one of my weaker games offensively,” Hill said. “[That] was one reason why we didn’t secure the win.” 

Guevera stated how she should have started driving an outside pitch earlier to deliver a more effective pitch. 

“I would change my approach at the plate,” Guevara said. “I need to focus on driving the outside pitch early in the count.” 

Alternatively, left fielder and senior Sophia Estrada (15) said that she hoped the team could communicate more next time.

“[I hope next time] to communicate better as a team so that we can play the game as a unit rather than individually,” Estrada said.

All in all, the game was filled with good sportsmanship as perceived by the BVH team, with the players describing CCH as “a good team” and the game itself as “fair.” After the match, Estrada wanted to remind the people watching that the game, despite being emotional, was still respectful.

“Softball is an extremely vocal sport with cheers to hype up our team and cheers to get at the other team, but it’s all a part of the game,” Estrada said.