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Lady Cougars snap losing streak

April 5, 2019

LAUGHLIN — The Lady Cougars broke their nine-game losing streak at home last week with a 15-5 win over SLAM Academy Bulls, ending the game on the 10-run mercy rule in six innings.

The non-conference win puts Laughlin at 4-10 overall. The Cougars are 0-4 in NIAA 2A Southern League play. SLAM fell to 4-7 overall.

“It feels good to get back into that win column,” coach Aaron Schellie said. “We made plays defensively, and Sam (Sarinana) pitched a nice game. Hopefully, this can be our springboard into many more to come.”

Junior pitcher Samantha Sarinana struck out eight and walked four.

Laughlin’s defense played well behind her, throwing out two batters at first and catching a pop fly to retire SLAM’s opening inning in three at-bats.

Schellie said it was nice to see the team making those routine defensive plays that it didn’t last week.

In the second, the Cougars added three runs to their 2-0 led.

Junior Fejay Crevier got things started with a groundout RBI. Freshman Riley Perry tagged up on third on sophomore Savannah Santillano’s sacrifice fly, and Sarinana doubled Jasmine Donnett in.

SLAM wouldn’t go away easily, capitalizing on base hits and three walks in the third, scoring four runs. Freshman Yasmira Manzo’s two-run single did a bulk of

the damage.

Schellie called a timeout midway through the inning to regroup the girls.

After the timeout, Sarinana struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

“I just told them to relax,” he said. “We kind of had a pressure situation, and that’s when they scored all their runs.”

The Cougar batters finally got on top of SLAM’s pitcher, freshman Lizette Valenciano, who threw a slower speed changeup all game. Laughlin earned two runs in the fourth, five in the fifth, and three in the sixth to end the game via a 10-run rule.

“Well enjoy the win and get back to business, as we have a league game coming up (this week),” Schellie said.

Up next, the Cougars are on the road to play a league doubleheader against Calvary Chapel on Friday.