South Fork High School’s softball team split with league champs Ferndale in Thursday’s season-ending doubleheader in Miranda.
The Lady Cubs took out some frustration in the opening game, pounding the Wildcats 9-0 as senior shortstop Krissy Pardoski and sophomore second baseman Trisha Harrison both went deep while junior pitcher Kendra Jones allowed only two hits in her complete game shutout.
"We came out hitting like we should have been all year," said head coach Lisa Todd. "When you’re playing a team that has clinched first place it’s hard to get fired up, but with nothing to lose we played like a different team." Harrison’s two-run homer and Pardoski’s grand slam were especially gratifying as both have had their struggles at the plate lately and both responded by putting in a lot of extra work that finally paid off. Pardoski had two more RBIs on the day with a double.
"I have to give props to the outfield, they made great catches in all fields," added Todd, who needed the fine defense to control Ferndale’s power.
Ferndale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 R-0
South Fork 2 0 3 0 4 0 0 R-9
In the nightcap South Fork got on the board first but ended up losing 11-1 in five innings. "It’s like we traded places," said Todd. "They came out hitting us hard and our bats went cold. We made some unnecessary errors."
Jones pitched another complete game in the loss, giving up 7 walks and 9 hits, but she can boast that in her three starts against Ferndale she was the only pitcher faced by the Wildcats this season who did not surrender a home run.
Ferndale 0 4 1 4 2 R-11
South Fork 1 0 0 0 0 R-1
"Taking a split with the league champs is nothing to go home mad about," said Todd. "The league was tough this year and the girls had a good season."
The 2012 Lady Cubs will say a sad goodbye to their three graduating seniors: outfielder Kaitlynn Miller who joined the team this year; four-year veteran outfielder Konane Evans and shortstop/pitcher/catcher Krissy Pardoski. Pardoski will be extending her promising softball career in junior college next year in Santa Rosa.
1. Kendra Jones pitched a two-hit shutout as the Cubs defeated Ferndale 9-0 last Thursday.
2. Trisha Harrison hit a two-run homer last Thursday in South Fork’s 9-0 win over Ferndale.