It’s the little W’s that matter

For City’s softball team the season looked promising, having beaten about 10 teams to place second in their own tournament.

After having lost three home games as well as three starters at the end of March to ineligibility the Lady Knights are currently in fourth place.

“It really hurt us, however, we have had a few players step-up to fill those positions and I’m proud of those players for that,” said Lee Ann Taylor, head coach, in an e-mail about the loss of players. “We also lost our top hitter to an injury that has kept her out for six weeks.  She just got cleared to play.”

According to Taylor, the most consistent players have been second base and team captain Alexa DaRosa, center fielder Lisa Pena and pitcher Paige Nicolet.

DaRosa has hit more than .400 for the season, though her average has dipped to about .350 recently, and has 17 stolen bases.

Pena has an average of .379 with two home runs.

Nicolet at the time of this writing was hitting at .500 and had 8 strikeouts in a recent game against Imperial Valley College.

While the main goal for the team is to win a conference title, Taylor said that they have a lot of smaller goals that they work on daily.

“We call them little W’s,” Taylor said.  “We believe that if you focus on the little W’s (taking care of the ball on defense, working ahead in the count as a pitcher and so on) you inevitably end up with a big W at the end of the day.”

The Lady Knights face Southwestern College at home April 24 at 3 p.m.