By SHEL SEGAL
PASADENA – The Keppel softball team was roughed up for three first-inning runs and fell to host Pasadena 10-0 on Tuesday in a five-inning nonleague game.
Starter Fiona Zemon took the loss for the Aztecs (2-3). Zemon threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs on nine hits, while striking out two and walking two.
Zemon pitched a perfect second inning, recording a strikeout, and got out of a jam in the in the third inning.
But she found more trouble in the fourth, giving up three more runs as Keppel fell behind, 6-0. However, the Aztec defense made her job more difficult, committing three errors in the inning.
Keppel assistant coach John Young said while the Aztecs aren’t playing their best softball at the moment, the season is still young with a lot more games to play.
“We haven’t really been playing well,” he said. “We haven’t really been executing well. The girls, we have six of our players out with injuries only three games into the season. We’ve got the girls out here, they’re playing hard, they’re playing out of position. They’re doing the best that they can.”
He added despite the loss he liked how some of his players swung the bat against Pasadena.
“Our freshmen hit the ball hard,” Young said. “Two-thirds of our outfield is all freshmen, and our freshmen hit the ball hard today. So, that’s a good thing.”
Keppel shortstop Christina Madrid, designated player Lyanna Serrantos and center fielder Leimomi Young all had singles in the losing effort.
Pasadena (2-2) took advantage of singles by catcher Stephanie Arellano, pitcher Treasure Williams and right fielder Iyanna Cruer to go ahead 3-0 after the first inning.
Williams went the distance for the Bulldogs, shutting out the Aztecs on three hits to go along with three strike outs.
Pasadena coach Ed McCarthy said he is happy to finally be fielding a complete team, which is a huge reason why the Bulldogs won on Tuesday.
“We have some of our key girls coming out of basketball season from where they were either basketball players or they were cheerleaders,” he said. “It’s one of the days where we have most of the girls now. We have all of our girls coming out.”
He added his team needs to have better at-bats as the year progresses.
“We need to hit more, but that will come more during the season,” McCarthy said.