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May 27, 2009 > Colts stampede ends in Antioch

Colts stampede ends in Antioch

By Jeff Weisinger

A 23-4-1 record will be the only memory of the 2009 James Logan softball team, as their road to a North Coast Section (NCS) championship ended Saturday, May 23, as the Colts lost, 3-0, against the Antioch High Panthers in the quarterfinals.

The fourth-seeded Panthers entered Saturday's game off a first-round bye, winning five of their last six games, allowing a total of eight runs in those five wins.

The fifth-seeded Colts, who won 8-0 against College Park last Wednesday, May 20, to advance to the NCS quarterfinal, were held to just two hits by the Panthers sophomore starter Paris Imholz.

"We have to hit the ball in order to win," said Logan Head Coach Teresa Johnson. "The pitcher kept us off balance and did a great job pitching."

Imholz earned the complete game victory, allowing just two hits while striking out two and walking three batters on the day.

"She did awesome," said Panthers Coach John Lewis. "She hit all her spots."

Colts senior starter Nichole Schwarz held up well against a strong Panthers offense, pitching three and a third innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out two.

Despite a strong start by Schwarz, fellow senior Rachel Martinez took over with one out in the fourth and could not get out of the inning easily as Desiree Coston's two-run double gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead.

Martinez struggled in the fourth, however, with runners on second and third, she was able to get Josette Velasquez to ground out to the third baseman to stop the Panthers rally.

Martinez pitched the final two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out three in relief of Schwarz.

Logan had an opportunity to rally in the top of the sixth with one out as Imholz walked Natalie Abrego. But Imholz fought out of the inning, getting Hidee Reyes to pop out to the shortstop on the next at-bat and Jennifer Ybarra to groundout to the third baseman just after.

With a total of 10 seniors on the team, Logan will be a younger team in 2010, but Johnson is confident that her team will return to the NCS tournament next year, stating, "We'll reload."

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