Note From The Editor: This posting of the L.A. Super Regional Game #2 features an exclusive 80+ photo gallery (below) plus a 20 minute “Post-Game” press conference video with both teams. First up in the video is Missouri’s Head Coach, Ehren Earleywine and players, Amanda Sanchez and Kelsea Roth. Next, in segment #2, it’s UCLA’s Head Coach, Kelly Inouye-Perez, players Ally Carda, Mysha Sataraka, and Delaney Spaulding. Our gallery not only gives you a view of the game, but includes the all-important “Pre-Game” warmups in the field and the mandatory “Line Drill” sessions for both teams. Hope you enjoy our presentation, and in the same breath, we kindly ask that you like and share it with your great social media networks. We are nearing the 100,000 viewers mark and hope to reach it before the end of this month. Thanks for your continued support! Rico Cabrera, Sr./Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
Game #2 Summary: The Bruins (50-10) literally stepped up to the plate in a big way and once more “let their bats speak for themselves” as the old saying goes. Again, Head Coach Inouye-Perez had no doubt about who she would give the ball to and ask to enter the tradtional Circle of Fire. It was Ally Carda, the senior veteran who has earned herself a bundle of accolades for her play this season, but when you ask her about those, she very kindly defers that talk for another day. Her mind was on winning the biggest prize of her UCLA Bruin career, her team, and nothing more. The first inning saw the Tigers grab a 1-0 lead. In their half of the 2nd inning, the Bruin bats began to emerge with potent consistency and very quickly put up four runs to take a 4-1 lead after two complete innings. They added another two in the third stanza and three more in the fourth. At the end of four, it was all Bruins, with the score reading, 9-1 in their favor. Missouri’s best bats were silenced during the Bruin three inning offensive assault, but the Tigers managed to put up some scores, with one in the 5th, three in the 6th, and their final run in the 7th. Selina Ta’amilo/FR/Vista Murrietta HS was brought on in the 7th, replacing Cada after she faced one batter, to close out the game and preserve the win for the Bruin ace, boosting her season record to an amazing 31-6. Ta’amilo was quite impressive as she fanned two of the three batters she faced. The Bruins season’s long mantra of…our offense wins games, our defense limits runs, and our great pitching is hard to hit, rang true and gave them some well-deserved momentum on their way to the Women’s College World Series. Believe in the mantra and you have the Bruin formula for success. At the end of this Super Regional, the Bruins, their highly supportive fans, and alumni were all greatly pleased with their 50th win of the season. As Coach Inouye-Perez likes to describe her team’s mindset, it’s a “9 on 1” game and “We always come to Fight.”
With their elimination of the Tigers, the Bruins assertively punched their tickets to Oklahoma City and the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) starting Thursday, May 28th. Let’s trust that they keep perfecting their winning formula during the Series and come back home with yet another NCAA National Softball Championship Trophy. To follow the Bruins on major cable outlets, check the ESPN programming schedule. If you prefer to follow on-line, then click here. To follow the entire tournament in its brackets and interactive format, click here. Go Bruins! Rico Cabrera, Sr./Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
Bruin Players Statline: Winning Pitcher: Ally Carda, (31-6); Pitches/Strikes: 115/74; At Bats: Mysha Sataraka (2-3); Maddy Jelenicki (2-4); Kylee Perez (2-4); Stephany LaRosa (1-3); Allexis Bennett (1-4); Gabrielle Maurice (1-3); Extra Base Hits: 2Bs/Carda (15); Jelenicki (10); HRs/Sataraka (7); Delaney Spaulding (20); LaRosa (19); RBIs: La Rosa (4); Sataraka (3); Spaulding (2); Perez (1); Runs Scored: Maurice (2); Jessica Amaral (1); Pinch-Runners: Amaral, Tara Mueller; and Sam Duran.
Missouri Players Statline: At Bats: Amanda Sanchez/Designated Player (2-4); Kelsea Roth (2-4); Emily Crane (2-3); Extra Base Hits: HRs/Roth 2 (14); RBIs: Roth (2); Sanchez (1); Crane (1).
Credits: Erik Sarni, Digital Photographer/Videographer, EastLASportsScene.Com
Photo Gallery: Hover over selected picture and click once for an enhanced image. Pictures #1 – #16 are all “Pre-Game/Warm Up” shots.