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SP’s softball team was damn good too

If you didn’t know better, you’d swear there must be something in the water down at San Pasqual High. At least as it relates to the teams that play on a diamond.

After all, over the last two seasons, the boys’ baseball club has won a San Diego Section Division V championship as well as advancing to a title game in Division III. By any standard or measure, that’s some pretty impressive stuff.

But not to be outdone, the girls’ softball squad of 2019 also produced a memorable season in which it made it all the way to the Division II finals. These Golden Eagles didn’t need to take a back seat to anyone.

Just looking at the numbers and what they accomplished more than validates their excellence. The G. Eagles of coach Andy Villalobos soared to a 24-11 record, finished second to formidable Ramona in the competitive Valley North County (League) by going 8-2 and ripped off winning streaks of five, four and eight-games.

Moreover, while coming out of the chute quickly, SP won six of its first seven contests, scored 10 or more runs on nine occasions, posted seven shutouts and held the opposition to two runs or less 15 times. 

There was also a notable stretch in early April when the G. Eagles blanked their foes in three consecutive games.

A veteran team that featured 11 seniors on a 15-player roster, SP played with a poise and confidence that reflected its considerable seasoning.

Though the team was loaded with big-time contributors, no one stood out more than did Raquel Moore, who was not only the workhorse on the mound but a terrific hitter, pacing the team in hits and RBIs.

Other talented swingers delivering .400-plus averages and glossy across-the-board stats were infielder Taylor Burdette, sophomore Olivia Burroughs and the versatile Annie Villalobos who also led the team in extra-base knocks. 

Four more G. Eagles who made an impact and merit mention because of their work at the plate were Lauren Maggio, freshman revelation Kylee Sweet and veterans Emily Burroughs and Autumn Crawford.

Without a doubt, the highlight of SP’s campaign was an eight-game winning skein that saw the G. Eagles go unbeaten from April 30 through May 23. That lengthy run featured four postseason victories including a play-in triumph over High Tech SD and a 3-0 whitewash of No. 2 seed Brawley. It wasn’t until the D II championship game against Mission Hills that the G. Eagles were finally stopped.

Nonetheless, nothing could detract from what had been a tremendous season that won’t soon be forgotten.

Upon reflection, perhaps the water down at SP High had nothing to do with the softball’s team unmitigated success. Maybe it was just a matter of gifted and committed players coming together as a group, working hard and achieving something special.   

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