A warm Thursday afternoon of Sea View League softball featured the second place Tesoro Titans taking on Trabuco Hills.
The Titans got off to a quick start through the first few innings and never looked back, dominating by a final of 14-5.
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the third, Titans fielder Karli Co smacked a single to get things rolling. Kianna Cisneros followed with a base hit of her own, and Lauren Steffo reached first on an error from third base, scoring Co.
Trabuco's starting pitcher Lindsey Manhart continued to struggle in the third, giving up another RBI single to Tesoro's Dani Fettis, scoring Cisneros and increasing her team's lead to 3-0. This nightmare of an inning continued for Trabuco, as Titans catcher/fielder Sam Hogancamp drove in two more runs by crushing a double, making it 5-0.
"Our hitting worked well for us, we're trying to concentrate on making contact, which the girls did well today," Tesoro head coach Ron Sarber said.
Trabuco had trouble against Titans pitcher Makayla Norwood, who stayed consistent throughout and shut them out.
"Mikayla's pitched well all year long and she continued doing that today, even though she's had a bit of a shoulder problem, she worked her way through it," Sarber said.
Another Tesoro run in the fourth gave them a 6-0 lead, and they weren't done scoring just yet. After a Fettis leadoff double, RBI singles, doubles and triples from Co, Cisneros, Steffo, Haile Goldman and Rylee Argue opened the floodgates for Tesoro in the fifth.
Depleted and in a 14-0 hole, Trabuco remained scoreless through six. The Mustangs showed some fight in the top half of the seventh, scoring two runs instantly off a Kyliegh Wilkerson homer. Singles by Molly Lawson and Meg Baker followed, who would both score off RBIs from Delanie Uhl and Alondra Gameros.
Trabuco Hills falls to 7-16 after the loss, and 2-4 in league. The Mustangs still have much to play for, however, just two spots below division-leading Dana Hills.
The Titans finished with totals of 19 hits and three errors. With the magnificent performance, Tesoro improves to 11-13 overall, 5-1 in conference play. Tesoro has now won three of their last four, and are starting to gear up for CIF.
"It's really important that we don't look ahead to CIF and take everything one game at a time," Sarber said. "We're taking one game at a time, San Juan is coming up next week and then Dana, all that matters is next game."