SHINGLE SPRINGS — Ponderosa softball seniors Paris Hallums, Melissa Silveira, Gianna Bilotta, Taylor Eilders and Shasta Stinson are proud of the fact they’ll each continue their careers at the college level. They’re equally proud of sweeping defending section champion Sheldon in league play the last two seasons.
The seniors had their day Tuesday, ending the season on a wining note after bashing the visiting Huskies 13-5. The Lady Bruins erupted for 10 runs in their last two at bats to overcome a 5-3 deficit.
“It’s an amazing way to end the season,” the five said. “They’re (Sheldon) a great team but we’re better.”
Tuesday, Ponderosa was better when it mattered. The Bruins built a 3-1 advantage through four innings on Hallums’ RBI triple, Terra Jerpbak’s RBI double and Rachel Timberman’s run-scoring single but lost it as the Huskies surged ahead with four in the fifth on the strength of Michaela Russell’s 3-run double.
In the bottom half, the Bruins mounted their comeback as Hallums’ two-out triple plated two to tie the score and Roni Greene’s clutch single put Ponderosa ahead 6-5.
Eleven Bruins batted in the sixth to deliver the knock-out punch. Silveira and Eilders set the table; Bilotta doubled in Silveira; Cassidy Lujan singled in a run; Taylor Doane drove in another; and Timberman touched ’em all on a 3-run home run.
Offensively, the seniors contributed nine hits with Hallums and Eilders getting three apiece. Stinson pitched the first three innings and Hallums the last four.
“It was a good experience and honor to represent the school,” the quintet said. “The season was fun and interesting but not as we expected and it’s sad it’s over.”