The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
At this rate, the College of San Mateo softball team might come to forget what it feels like to play a seven inning game.
For the third straight time, CSM made short business of their opponent, this time handing Hartnell College a 9-0 loss in five innings of play.
CSM’s last full game came March 22 against Cabrillo. Since then, they’ve won 11-4 in five innings and 8-0 in five. Tuesday’s win was the 15th of its kind for the Bulldogs this season.
Former Capuchino Mustang Michele Pilster picked up her 21st win of the season after pitching four innings of no-hit softball. She struck out three.
Amelia Shales came in for the fifth inning and allowed one hit.
Offensively, the Bulldogs were steady throughout. They put up crooked numbers in every winning, capping it off a three-run fourth inning. They were responsible for 11 hits.
Jacey McDaid had a three RBI effort for CSM that included a homerun. Mikayla Conlin had a pair of hits to go with her three RBI. Vika Kafoa also had a multi-hit game. Jamie Navarro tripled for CSM.
The win was the 30th of the season for the Bulldogs. They are now 10-1 in Coast Conference play. Next, they’ll face De Anza College of Cupertino. The Dons handed CSM their lone conference loss back on Feb. 22, 3-2.
If CSM gets its revenge, then the tables will be set for this weekend’s big showdown with nine-time defending conference champion Ohlone on Saturday.
CSM 14, MONTEREY PENINSULA 2
A couple of days after a crazy game against De Anza, which the Dons scored 11 runs in the bottom of the ninth to almost come back and tie the game, CSM made it a lot less interesting against Monterey Peninsula, taking them down 14-2.
The Bulldogs had a 9-0 lead after six innings before Monterey finally put a run the board. CSM pitching held them to just four hits.
Clay Bauer pitched seven dominating innings for CSM to pick up the win. He struck out six and allowed only two hits. DJ Sharabi and Daniel Madigan did the rest of the work, each pitching an inning apiece.
Offensively, Mark Hurley, Jeff Vonsomer, Jarrett Costa and MIke Kathan had multi-hit games for the Bulldogs.
Joseph Armstrong went deep for CSM.
The Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead heading into the fourth and doubled that mark with three hits in the frame. Kathan picked up an RBI in that rally and so did Hurley on a sacrifice fly.
CSM put some serious distance between themselves and Monterey in the sixth. They were handed two free baserunners on pluncks and after a wild pitch, Kathan cashed in with a single to center. Hurley duplicated the act on a base knock to left field for another RBI. Then, two runners on, Armstrong got every piece of a pitch and sent it to Homerville for a three-run blast.
The Bulldogs got three more in the eighth and two more in the ninth.
CSM is now 12-1 in conference play and 20-7 overeall.