The Leopards had an appetite for Sagehens in their double-header on Saturday, burning them out in both games and continuing its winning to streak to six games.
La Verne shut out Pomona-Pitzer in their first game, 10-0, and then with an 11-2 win in game two.
“We came here to play,” coach Julie Smith said. “Our practices this week were full of energy, and we really brought that energy today.”
With two wins over Pomona, La Verne boosted their record to 7-5 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Leopards dominated the Sagehens in the first game with outstanding pitching and hot bats throughout the lineup.
In the fifth inning, sophomore catcher Daryn Schivley smashed the first pitch she received to deep center field to start a La Verne rally.
“We like keep each other in our hip pockets,” said junior Mandy Brenner. “We talk it up to keep our energy going and to keep things simple and fun.”
Continuing to bring the fire into the sixth inning, with runners on second and third and one out, shortstop Ashley Paul stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball over the right-center field fence, making the score 9-0.
“It felt amazing,” said Paul. “I made contact with the ball and it just went over; it was great.”
Going into the bottom of the sixth, the Sagehens showed signs of life but La Verne was quickly able to dismiss the rally with their pitching, ending the game 10-0.
Game two brought similar results. Paul picked up where she left off in the second game, turning a single into a double.
Eventually Paul would score on an RBI single by Melissa Carlso.
Pomona scored two runs in the first inning, but the Leopards quickly answered and re-gained the lead 3-2.
Those would be the only runs for the Sagehens the rest of the day.
The second game concluded with another crushing victory for La Verne, 11-2.
Sophomore Courtney Thomsen took the win for the Leopards, improving her record to 2-1.
“We’ve really come together as a team,” Smith said. “We ride on board together or we’ll crash.”
With La Verne in the running for a SCIAC championship, it is vital to keep bringing the fire and spirit demonstrated in past six games.
“We prepared hard this week,” Paul said. “With three games next week, we need to keep that energy.”
The Leopards will be back in action at 2 p.m. Friday against the Redlands Bulldogs in a home game for La Verne. Then to conclude the doubleheader the two teams will play at 4 p.m.
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