|Alhambra too much for RC softball squad
Young Cougars ousted from NCS playoffs by state-ranked Bulldogs
Rancho Cotate High’s softball team’s season came to an end on Friday, May 23, when it ran into the juggernaut known as Alhambra High.
The Martinez-based school proved to be every bit as good as its No. 6 state ranking as it ousted the Cougars from the North Coast Section Div. II playoffs 14-2 in a game called because of softball’s 10-run rule. The 10-run rule states that a game must be called if one team is ahead by 10 runs or more after the fifth inning.
After scoring once in the first inning, the Bulldogs erupted for five runs in the second and four in both the third and fourth innings to take a 14-0 lead.
Rancho Cotate got its only two runs in the top of the fifth inning.
The Cougars finished the season 18-7-1. The Giants, who faced Livermore in the semifinals on Wednesday, are 22-2. To put into perspective just how good Alhambra is, consider one of their two losses was to unbeaten Amador Valley, the No. 2 team in the state according to Cal-Hi Sports but top-ranked nationally in several other polls.
Despite the loss, the Cougars have several reasons to be optimistic about the coming years. They will lose only two seniors – team captain and middle infielder Kristine Ricossa and first baseman Courtney Zaccagna – to graduation.
With a season at the high-school level under her belt, freshman pitcher Brittany Scardina is only going to get stronger and better.
The Cougars will also have plenty of pop in their bats with sophomores Vickie Espinoza, Katie Rohrer, freshmen Taylor Del Santo, Reilani Peleti and Janaea Mason returning.