No.1 Jaguars eliminate No. 8 Huskies in regional final, 14-6

The varsity softball team was defeated, 14-6, by Mill Valley in the 6A substate championship game. The Huskies finish with an 13-9 record on the 2019 season.

Jonny Isaacson, Writer

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Walking up to home plate, knowing it could be her last career game for the Huskies, senior pitcher Abigail Bishop said she wanted to make it one to remember. Trailing Mill Valley, 4-9, Bishop knew the team needed a spark and that’s exactly what she gave them when she hit a solo home run.

“I just went up and told myself I’m going for the first pitch,” Bishop said. “And it just happened to be solid contact and it was fun to end my career with a homer.”

Despite the loss, the Huskies came out swinging, jumping to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning. Senior leadoff batter Haley Shin said she knew she needed to get on base in order to translate it into runs.

“I just knew that we needed base runners in order to score so I just took it pitch by pitch and just tried to get a base hit to try and get us going,” Shin said.

Errors were what killed the Huskies as they would finish the game with six errors, according to head coach Kim White. White said the difficulty of defeating a good team increased when committing numerous errors.

“It’s hard to beat a good team when you make mistakes,” White said. “When you score that many runs in a game, you like to think you got a pretty good shot to win, but I believe we had six errors on the night and it’s tough to beat a good team.”

Finishing the season with the best record they’ve had in four years at 13-9, White said she’s proud of how hard the team has worked.

“What I’m really proud of is that this group of kids have been fighters, since day one they have worked hard,” White said. “We’re going to finish the season with the best record we’ve had during the four years they’ve been here. Us winning a regional game is the first time that’s happened since the four of them have been here.”

Having played her last game for the Huskies, Shin finishes her career with a game where she batted 4-4. According to Shin, she’ll be sad about leaving, but knows the team next year will come back even better.

“It’s really sad us four seniors, we’ve put so much into the program and we’ve been in the program for ten plus years,” Shin said. “But I know the team coming back next year will come back even stronger.”