Vikings cannot bare win against Bear Cubs


Rachel Ann Reyes

Pitcher Carrie Lee makes solid contact with the ball after a two out at-bat in the bottom of the seventh. Amber Golini waits eagerly on third as coach Angie Goularte looks on — Lee was the last batter in the loss against Santa Rosa Junior College on Friday, March 28.

Rachel Ann Reyes, Editor-in-chief

Coming off of an 8-1 loss in the first game, the DVC softball team failed to bounce back for the second game of their doubleheader against Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Vikings lost 5-1 against the Bear Cubs, a Big 8 conference team, on Friday, March 28, at home.

By the end of the first inning, starting pitcher Sarah Alford gave up one run to Santa Rosa.

DVC received their first hit of the game in the bottom of the second with two outs — a single off the bat of starting outfielder, Sarah Martin. But a groundout by second baseman Riane Randall, ended the inning.

Alford went two and a third innings and gave up two runs before being replaced by Carrie Lee.

The bottom of the fifth inning proved to be a bright spot for the Vikings.

Martin led off with a single and advanced to third with the help of her teammates. With two outs, shortstop Amber Golini hit a solid double, which scored Martin — the first and only run for the Vikings. DVC was unable to capitalize on their sporadic hits at the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings.

After the game, coach Angie Goularte felt that her team needs to raise their expectations and intensity to improve.

“I feel like we need to ramp up our intensity and our focus and we need to expect a little bit more,” she said. “We’re getting a little too comfortable with each other — with our warm ups and things like that — we need to revamp a little bit.”

Golini had nothing but good thoughts when it came to her RBI.

“It felt really good cause our team really needed it since we were down and I was just excited that I got the job done,” she said.

First baseman Victoria Frazer, who had a single in game two, explained what their team needs to improve upon to succeed.

“I think overall, defensively, we had a good day,” she said. “I think our biggest weakness is when… we don’t consistently hit the ball or when we have people on base, we don’t execute, we don’t move them up to score the run. I think if we can improve upon anything, it’s probably just consistent hitting… But overall, I think we kept a pretty good attitude today and I think we tried to stay in there and I think our team worked well together today. We just didn’t hit the ball as well as we could’ve.”

Despite the loss, Goularte feels that good things could still happen.

“We’re on the edge of really making a change and getting there, we just gotta push through and get through and believe on ourselves when it counts.”