Petaluma’s late surge leads to 7-5 loss for varsity softball

Andie Johnston

On Wednesday, March 8, the girls’ varsity softball team suffered a close 7-5 loss at the hands of the Petaluma High School Trojans. After a quick top of the first inning, the Giants fired up the offense when junior Addy Dunn singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring a couple of runs. The Giants would complete the inning leading 3-0.

Up to bat, freshman Gia Meyers takes a strong swing.

Senior Georgia Pineda pitched for the Giants and lasted six and a third innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs while striking out five. 

As the game continued, Dunn and the rest of the Giants’ team felt the intensity and pressure begin to rise. Dunn expressed how she enjoys this aspect of the game. 

“Although [close games] are stressful, they are probably the most fun games,” Dunn said. “We practice five days a week, one and half hours a day and switch between offense and defense so we can perform well on both sides of the ball.” 

Katrina Johnson led things off on the pitching end for Petaluma, and lasted five innings, allowing five hits and five runs while striking out four.

Sliding into second base, junior Addy Dunn beats the ball and is called safe.

Junior and first-year varsity outfielder Josie Templeton loves the girls that she is playing with, and with such a young team, Templeton expressed the struggles of working together and continuing to cooperate with each other. 

“We are all pretty [close] friends, but very competitive with each other, [so] we push each other to get better and win games,” Templeton said. 

The Giants controlled the game until the fifth inning where the Trojans scored for the first time, and would go on to score six more times. . 

While the Giants fought hard, the game ended with a tight 7-5 loss. They will try to get back on track on Monday, March 13, against Archie Williams at Redwood.