Varsity softball excels in Michelle Classic Tournament

CAROLYN SWINT. Feature Editor.

The varsity softball team played in the Michelle Carew Classic Tournament on April 3-6, which took place in Anaheim.

This is one of the top tournaments in California, where 32 of the greatest teams from Arizona, and New Mexico attended.

Poway played a total of five games throughout the tournament, coming out with a record of two wins and three losses. “Our team played very solid against some great completion,” varsity softball Coach Bennet said.

They played Valencia High School, their opening game, where they won with a score of 11 to 1.  They then played the fifth-ranked team in California, Esperanza, where they lost with a close score of 4 to 2.

A key player from this tournament was pitcher, Kourtney Shaw, who pitched very well throughout the games.  In one game, she pitched all innings and threw 12 strikeouts.

A handful of players hit well during the tournament, including Samantha Johnson- Needham, Malia Martinez, Arianna Marsh, and Gabrielle Callaway.  While playing Murrieta Valley High School Callaway “hit a game winning home run in the bottom of the sixth,” Bennet said.

Coach Bennet stated that, “we played great defense, making only two errors in the five games.”

The team had fun while in Anaheim and were overall happy with the outcome, “we played well in the tournament.  We played some of the best teams in the state and played some great games,” Junior Bri Parkes said.

The tournament will not have an effect on the standings for CIF, but it did ready the team for the season ahead of them.

Coach Bennet sees the team going far this season, “I believe our team will contend for the Palomar League championships, as well as, the Open Division of San Diego CIF,” Bennet said.

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