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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Taft softball opens season with 12-2 win over Gervais

(Photos by Justin Werner)

The Taft High softball team opened its quest for another deep run into the State playoffs Monday with a 12-2 five-inning nonleague home victory over Gervais.

Claira Tolan
Claira Tolan (Photo by Lon French)

“It was a good day to get all the first-game jitters out of the way,” Taft coach Sandy Stuart said. “We came out excited to play.”

Taft High starting pitcher Emma Coulter

Junior starting pitcher Emma Coulter helped her own cause with a first-inning home run and the Tigers collected eight hits — half of them coming off the bats of the team’s incoming freshmen, including an inside-the-park grand slam from Chloe Peterson.

Photo by Lon French

“Emma came out throwing hard and leading the team as captain,” Stuart said. “She has a lot of power and I am excited to see her use it this season. Her little sister, Olivia, also made a big impact with two hits of her own.”

Kayla Lininger went 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs. for Taft, while Coulter drove home three runs and struck out eight while allowing just two hits.

Taft returns to play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against Class 2A Toledo at home.

“We got to see a lot of our roster play today, which was fun for a first game,” Stuart said. “We are young and working hard every day to learn all aspects of the game. I am looking forward to the season.”

Emma Coulter
Photo by Lon French

Taft 12, Gervais 2 (5 innings)

GERVAIS              AB  R  H BI  TAFT                 AB  R  H BI
Nat Barrera           3  0  1  1  Kyla  Knott           2  1  0  0  
Lex Luna              1  0  0  0  Claira Tolan          3  0  0  0  
Regena Vargas         3  0  0  0  Hailee Danneker       2  2  1  0  
Alexa Rutledge        2  0  0  0  Emma Coulter          2  2  1  3  
Jamie Roberts         2  1  0  0  Addie Gates           2  1  1  0  
Kim Bartoleme         1  0  0  0  Kayla Lininger        2  3  2  2  
 Abby Saafeld         1  0  0  0  Olivia Coulter        2  1  2  1  
Jasmine Fernandez     2  1  1  1   Lily Hatton          1  0  0  0  
Veronica Esquivel     2  0  0  0  Corey Van Damme       1  1  0  0  
Marisol Ayala         2  0  0  0   Makena Cole          1  0  0  0  
                                  Chloe PetersonN       2  1  1  4  
                                   Lilly Salsbery       1  0  0  0  
TOTALS               19  2  2  2  TOTALS               21 12  8 10

GERVAIS                       010 01 --  2  
TAFT                          730 2x -- 12 

LOB--GERVAIS 4, TAFT 4. ERR--Regena Vargas (2),
Kayla Lininger. 2B--Addie Gates, Olivia  Coulter, Hailee 
Danneker. HR--Chloe Peterson, Emma Coulter. HBP--Addie
Gates, Hailee Danneker, Corey VanDamme. SB--Kyla  Knott.

 GERVAIS                         IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Veronica Esquivel                 4    8   12    7    4    2    2
 TAFT         
Emma Coulter                      5    2    2    0    2    8    0

PB--Lex Luna (3), Hailee  Danneker. WP--Veronica Esquivel.
BB--Lex Luna (2), Kyla  Knott (2), Kayla Lininger, Emma Coulter.

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Taft High All-State catcher Hailee Danneker

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