Pleasanton wallops Brooks, sets eyes on late seeding push



Pleasanton pitcher Mackinzy Curbow rares back to rifle a pitch home during the Lady Eagles’ 16-0 win over Brooks Academy on Friday, April 9. Brooks picked up the win in the circle, allowing just one hit during the three-inning, run-rule game. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton pitcher Mackinzy Curbow rares back to rifle a pitch home during the Lady Eagles’ 16-0 win over Brooks Academy on Friday, April 9. Brooks picked up the win in the circle, allowing just one hit during the three-inning, run-rule game. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Pleasanton Lady Eagles have all but assured themselves a playoff spot and now hope to make a push for better seeding in the playoffs.

Pleasanton (7-8, 2-3) beat Brooks Academy (0-5, 0-5) 16-0 in three innings on Friday, April 9. The Lady Eagles scored all 16 runs in the first inning and sent 18 batters to the plate in the opening frame.

Hits were at a premium in the game. The Lady Eagles scored their 16 runs on seven hits and 13 walks.

“We knew what pitching was fixing to come at us,” Head Coach Ronda Savage said. “I told them the strikes were going to be few and far between. So, we had to make sure we weren’t creating bad habits by swinging at stuff because we were anxious in the box and wanting to go get something that’s not really there.”

The Lady Eagles exercised that discipline and four of the first five batters reached on a walk. The other of the five, Taylor Bryant, was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the opening run. Kennidy Nicholson also drew a bases-loaded walk for the second run of the game.

Pleasanton saw 21 straight balls thrown during that time.

The Lady Eagles’ patience paid off one batter after Nicholson, with Mackinzy Curbow singling to right field and driving in a pair of runs. Anai Romo followed suit in the next at-bat, bringing in Curbow and Nicholson on a single.

Romo finished 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBIs and two runs scored. Curbow was 1-for-1 with two RBIs. Jaylyn Morales also had two RBIs.

“That’s great on them,” Savage said. “That’s what we talked about prior to the game, being disciplined in there. I think it’s gonna help us in the long run when we face the next round of district.”

Curbow picked up the win in the circle. She threw three innings, allowing just two hits and three walks walk with three strikeouts.

“Our focus coming was focusing on hitting our spots; let’s hit our spots,” Savage said. “Let’s work on us and the rest of the chips will fall into place.”

The win gave the Lady Eagles the head-to-head tiebreaker with Brooks now that they have beat them in both games. With the rest of the district slated to come to Pleasanton for the final three games, the Lady Eagles hope they can get some results along the way to improve their playoff seeding.

“That’s definitely one step out of the way,” Savage said. “In the first round [of district], we definitely gave the other teams some things we can definitely correct this time around. Being on the road the entire first half of district proved to be pretty tough. So, they’re all coming to our place now. We think it’ll be a different ballgame.”

Pleasanton hosted Devine (12-3-1, 3-1) on Tuesday. They’ll also host non-district foe Holy Cross on Friday.

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