Lady Eagles fall in CIF softball championship game

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Del Oro High’s Lady Eagles turned in a gutsy effort in last week’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II girls softball tournament. But despite giving its all, the Black and Gold had to settle for runner-up honors. Playing without injured ace pitcher Savannah Pingree, the Lady Eagles were held in check by Oak Ridge pitching ace Kasey Stanchek and dropped a 4-0 championship game to the Trojans last Wednesday. Stanchek was the standout of the tournament as the Trojans standout allowed just five hits and no runs during Oak Ridge’s four-game sweep. The Trojans became the first Division II team to win three straight section titles. “That’s a great team over there,” Del Oro coach John Peck said. “I have nothing but respect for them.” The Eagles had their work cut out for themselves and not because they had to beat Oak Ridge twice to win the championship. Pingree, the Del Oro pitching ace, fouled a ball off her foot during Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Ponderosa and the injury kept her out of the championship game. Jordan Courage, a freshman, stepped in for Pingree and did a commendable job as she kept her team in the game until Oak Ridge scored three runs in the seventh inning to take a commanding 4-0 lead. “She had to be pitching in the biggest game of her life, but she did a good job,” Peck said. Del Oro only had one runner reach second base, and that came in the fifth inning. Aspen Echelmier hit an infield single and Kelsey Mooney sacrificed her to second. Stanchek then struck out Caitlin Carson swinging and Olivia Nixon looking to end the inning. The young Del Oro team with only three seniors ended the season with a 23-8 record.