Placer softball team picks up first two wins of season

Amrein strikes out 10; Rubio homers; foreign exchange student gets 1st at-bat
By: Journal sports staff
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The Lady Hillmen got into the win column.

Apparently they enjoyed getting a victory so much, they decided to get another one in the same day.

“It was really good to get those,” said coach Aaron Rubio.

The Placer High softball team went 2-1 Saturday at the Cubs Classic tournament in Redding to improve to 2-7-1 on the year.

After opening the day with a 3-2 loss to Eureka, Placer responded with a 6-1 win over Gridley and 5-4 triumph over Anderson.

Asked what went differently in the victories, Rubio said, “We didn’t implode in the late innings. We got the lead and we were able to hold it. In the previous games we had the lead and let it up with errors. Today we stayed pretty solid defensively and were able to close out.”

Against Eureka, Kaelin Amrein pitched a complete game, striking out 10 in four innings of work. Amrein also had a triple and scored on a pass ball.

In the Gridley game, Lizzie Rutherford got the win in the circle, giving up one run on five hits. She struck out three batters and walked three. At the plate, Sarah Kosmata went 2 for 4.

With the five-run lead, Placer was able to get Marie Schultes, a foreign exchange student from Germany, in the game for her first career at-bat.

Schultes, a senior, had never played softball before coming to America. Brooke Stufflebean, who singled in the Eureka game, gave up her turn at the plate so Schultes could take some swings.

“That really sparked the team big-time,” Rubio said. “That was huge.”

In the nightcap, Amanda Geil got the win in relief and allowed no runs in 2 1/3 innings. Kaitlyn Rubio drilled a three-run homer over the left-field fence and scored the game-winning run when she was walked in from third with the bases loaded.

Placer finished as a No. 1 seed Friday and will continue the tournament today at 11 a.m. in a single-elimination format.

“We hope to get more wins,” Rubio said. “I think the girls are finally starting to get their confidence back.”