Ally Fryklund belted a three-run homer and Kyla Robbins smacked a two-run blast in a six-run third inning, powering the San Marcos softball team to a 10-2 softball win over Santa Ynez on Monday.
The Royals hit three homers in the win.
The result puts San Marcos in second place at 10-4 record in league while Santa Ynez is in third at 8-5-1.
“We worked really hard preparing for this game to be aggressive at the plate and make their pitcher bring the ball into our zone,” said San Marcos assistant Emily Dietz. “We had a lot of strikeouts in our first game against Santa Ynez on high and outside pitches, so I’m very proud of (the players) for being disciplined and battling off pitches until they got one they could do something with.”
Maddy Leung drove in Cassandra Perez on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice for the Royals’ sixth run of the third inning.
Santa Ynez scored a run in the top of the fourth and San Marcos answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-out line-drive homer to center field from Morgan Jensen to make it 7-1.
Santa Ynez scored its last run in the top of the fifth on a double into left field and a hard single up the middle with two outs.
San Marcos tacked on three more runs in the fifth. With one out, Leung singled up the middle, Claire Early worked another walk and, after an out, Fryklund scored Leung with a hit into left field. Morgan Jensen drove in both Early and Fryklund on a single into center field
Fryklund and the San Marcos defense held the Pirates to 1-2-3 innings in both the sixth and seventh innings.
“Our infield was super solid today and cut down errors considerably compared to other games this season,” Dietz said. “They all charged the ball and trusted themselves to make the play. Overall, a very big win for our program today.”
Fryklund pitched a complete game. She allowed four hits, one earned run, struck out three, hit a batter and walked none.
Before the game, the Royals honored seniors Cunnison, Sinai Miranda, Leung and Tayla Beauchesne.