A lot of success in high school softball comes down to coaching. For example, Jim Liggit has won over 930 career games as the skipper of Carlmont softball. He is one of the most successful coaches in California History. The Scots took to their own turf Thursday to battle atop the Peninsula Bay Division against Hillsdale.
The Scots have a pretty impressive season going so far with 20 wins and a perfect league record. The second-place Hillsdale Knights were two games back heading into the Thursday afternoon tilt.
The Knights arrived at Carlmont stadium about an hour before game time and immediately got to work. The Hillsdale girls ran laps around the outfield, did some wiffle ball hitting, and warmed up their arms. It didn't feel like a big game, but it certainly was for Hillsdale. You could sense the excitement and focus from the very beginning, as the Knights pounded out two hits and scored a run in the top of the first.
Carlmont's polished small-ball attack was effective in answering the bell as they tied it on a bases loaded walk in the home half. Carlmont pitcher Rebecca Faulkner was effective for the Scots, hurling 7 strikeouts in a complete game effort.
But Hillsdale never quit. In the fourth, the knights loaded the bases with no outs, and it all ended up on the bat of Tori Pierucci. The Hillsdale pitcher singled to right field scoring two runs – the Kinghts had the lead right back.
In the end, solid defense down the stretch propelled Hillsdale to win this game; a game they would take by the same 3-2 score. While Carlmont may still go on to win the Peninsula Bay division, both teams will be high seeds in the upcoming CCS Playoffs. With solid pitching and timely hitting – not to mention coaching – it will be fun to see what these two teams can do.