Pirates Drop 2 in Season Opener vs SRCC

Marina Figueroa 2B (Modesto HS)
Marina Figueroa 2B (Modesto HS)

The Pirates have been on the road a long time.  Nine games to be exact.  The softball team under first year head coach Donnie Donaldson has won four games out of his first 10 and went 4-5 on this extended road trip.  "It was tough to get games back after we suspended the season last year.  Many of the schools filled the spot we had last year, not expecting us to have a return.  We had to take what they offered this year."  Donaldson's roster includes girls all over the area totalling 16 players and 2 redshirts.  After dropping the first game at home against Chabot College, MJC traveled over 1200 miles to play, West Hills College of Coalinga, San Mateo College, Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, College of Sequoias in Visalia and then to start league Santa Rosa Junior College.  Sweeping West Hills and getting their first wins of the season, the Pirates won both games (8-4 and 9-5), then traveled to highly ranked San Mateo College where they suffered their first run rule loss, an 11-2 pounding in five innings.  "I'm glad we played them.  I wanted to see where we want to be.  San Mateo has banners in their outfield showing their success and I think it intmidated our players a bit.  We already agreed to play again next year."  The Pirates bounced back and beat Los Medanos twice (11-3, for their first run rule victory in 5 innings and 5-0 for their first shut out.  Pirates traveled to Visalia to meet College of Sequoias and the Giants took it to them in 2 games beating them by run rule five innings 15-0 and then took the second game 10-4 after an 8 run 4th inning by COS, the Pirates couldn't come back.  The last trip saw the opening of league, hoping for a new beginning didn't work out as the Pirates struggled offensively and made a few costly errors and were run ruled in 6 innings, 9-1 in game one.  The second game was a little differnt, as the Pirates held a lead in the 4th before giving up 5 runs losing the contest 10-7.  "I just feel we are right at the brink of turning the corner and things will fall our way. We just seem to be leaving runners on base and making timely errors that cost us runs.  I see improvement daily and this group of girls are learning to play softball together."  The Pirates lead the league in stolen bases and are actually second in the state with 47.  Priscilla Chavez (Ceres HS) leads the team with 8 steals and right behind her is Cheyenne Juarez (Gregori HS) with 6.  Alyssa Donaldson(Waterford HS) currently leads the team in average batting .393.  Aubrey Garcia(Patterson HS) leads the team in HR's with 3 hitting HR's vs San Mateo, COS and Santa Rosa.  Donaldson and Garcia both have 8 RBI's to lead the team.  MJC finally have a home contest on Feb 25th at 3pm vs San Joaquin Delta College.