Once again the East Nicolaus Spartans are NSCIF Division V softball champions after routing the Etna Lions 10-0 in five innings on Monday.
For the Spartans, this is back-to-back championships and the team’s third title in the last four years.
“This is a special group of young ladies who challenged themselves against the best teams in Northern California” said head coach Neil Stinson.
For the Spartans it was a combination of offensive firepower and solid defense. After three consecutive strikeouts by pitcher Avery Croxall, the Spartans jumped on the Lions with three runs in the first inning thanks to RBIs by Haley Busby and Preslie Hewitt.
Croxall’s dominance in the circle continued with two more strikeouts in the second inning before four more runs by the Spartans in the bottom half of the inning.
The second inning was highlighted by an RBI single by Hewitt and a Savy Price double scoring two fellow Spartans.
The third and fourth innings were quiet on both sides with Croxall striking out five more hitters. After a one, two, three fifth inning on the mound by Savhanna Angland, the Spartans led off the bottom of the fifth with three consecutive singles by Remmington Hewitt, Haley Busby, and Angland before RBIs from Brynn Lauppe and Makenzee Goyet.
The final run of the game ended on an RBI by Riley Grigsby for one more mercy rule victory by the Spartans.
Notable stats on Monday included the following Spartans: Croxall threw ten strikeouts while only allowing two hits in four innings of work; Haley Busby and Remmington Hewitt both went 2-for-3 and Savy Price tallied two RBI.
“I’m not only proud of their dominant effort within the Northern Section, but their willingness and confidence of accepting the challenge to play much larger quality programs from the entire Northern California Region. This group of young ladies also does a tremendous job in the classroom and on campus leading in a positive productive manner,” said coach Stinson.
The Spartans ended the year with nineteen upper division wins against powerhouses like Whitney (No. 1 ranked team in Sac–Joaquin Section), Chico, and Pleasant Valley and run-rule victories against the likes of Sutter and Yuba City. This also marks the second consecutive season with 30 wins seasons and a four-year combined record of 111-17-2.