Softball: South Pasadena could make things interesting

It’s always fun when a team takes the next step and goes from living in the shadows to contender. You have to be impressed with what South Pasadena did on Friday. The Tigers upended Monrovia, 8-2, in the Rio Hondo League opener for both schools. Indiana-bound Shelby Gogreve is arguably the area’s best infielder. Batting leadoff for the Tigers, Gogreve was batting .615 with a .722 on base percentage and a 1.462 slugging percentage. She has two home runs, three doubles and a triple heading into Friday’s game. But it’s not just Gogreve making waves. Rochester College-bound Courtney Dunlap is a senior utility player batting .533 with a 1.267 slugging percentage as she plays third, first, catcher and DP, with a baffling four triples and three doubles. Cynthia Ream-Garcia is a freshman to keep an eye on. She is batting .333 playing first base and is kind of a force of nature. Marrissa Baca is pitching good enough to win most games with a current 2.45 era, but it is a little scary how good she could be if she could become a little more consistent. If I had to pick a softball game of the week, without a doubt it’s South Pasadena at La Caada on Friday.

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  • rclancy

    Monrovia 3 – So. Pas 1

  • chkyrslf

    Payback for Friday. This Rio Hondo will come down to the last week again. My guess is that La Canada will win the title and the other four will be fighting it out for the second and third CIF spots.

  • SoPasFan

    Great game yesterday between SP and Monrovia. One of the fastest games I have been around in a while with few walks, few K’s, few errors and a bunch of deep balls and line drives by both teams. Unfortunately for my Tigers, a few more of their’s fell than ours and that was the difference with Monrovia deserving that win. Excellent job by both teams though, and to echo chkyrslf to me demonstrates that the RHL, other than likely LC will be a real back and forth fight. The Tigers are young, starting 4 -5 freshmen and a sophmore each game, and so will have some games where their hitting gets stymied. However, even then, with Shelby and Courtney taking their cuts and the pretty good defense they have shown very recently, they should be in most games.

  • chkyrslf

    The RHL will be fun to watch this year. No walkovers, excellent pitching, future college players, maybe there is a CIF championship in line.

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