The Etiwanda High School softball team took to the field against Murrieta Valley in a first round playoff game today. But all were still thinking about freshman first baseman Dana Housley who had a brain aneurysm while at bat late in a travel game on Saturday.
Murrieta Valley prevailed 4-2 to move on to the quarterfinal. Etiwanda ends its season 24-9.
It was a pretty somber team that filed into the dugout an hour before the game. There were few words spoken.
It wasn’t until the third inning or so that the girls seemed to get focused on the game. They hit some balls hard which seemed to give then some confidence after the Nighthawks got a 2-run home run in the first.
After the game players struggle more with their emotions, many breaking down in the post-game huddle. But they handled themselves well and felt the support of the extended softball community.
Here’s what both coaches had to say about playing under the tough circumstances:
VIDEO: Etiwanda coach Dave Masucci.
VIDEO: Murrieta Valley coach Sean Parks.
See more expressions of support here for Dana