The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
Two mercy-rule wins and a no-hitter in the nightcap. Just another day at the yard for the CSM softball team.
The Lady Bulldogs (15-1 overall) opened the day against West Hills Coalinga (3-8) with an 11-0 win, banging out 15 hits in support of starting pitcher Morgan Jones’ three-hit shutout. CSM kept swinging it in Game 2, rolling to a 15-0 rout as starting pitcher Samantha Dean and reliever Christy Peterson combined on a five-inning no-hitter.
Bulldogs leadoff hitter Harlee Donovan didn’t technically hit for a cycle, but she did combine for one over the two games. Going 4 for 6 on the day with four RBIs and four runs scored, she had a single and a home run — her fourth of the year — in Game 1, then added a double and triple in the nightcap.
Peterson and Meagan Wells each produced four hits on the day as well. Peterson went a perfect 3 for 3 in the opener. In Game 2, Wells was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. First baseman Jordan Davis was a run-producing machine in Game 1 totaling five RBIs.
Ranked No. 1 among all California Community College teams, CSM currently ranks fifth in the state with a .404 team batting average and second in runs scored with 134.