SACRAMENTO — Just playing in the 37th annual Optimist High School All-Star Game at the Augie Sorgea Softball Complex on the Capital Christian High campus was awesome for four Oak Ridge and Ponderosa seniors Wednesday.
Oak Ridge’s Caitlyn Olan and Lindsay Zito joined Ponderosa’s Taylor Doane and Rachel Timberman on the South squad that lost to the North, 4-1. The day prior to the game, the quartet practiced with their South teammates at the Trojans’ field in El Dorado Hills.
“It was nice to have played with girls who I have played against,” said Timberman, who did not play because of an injury.
Doane added, “It’s nice to build a relationship with enemies that we have been facing all these years, finally getting to know them.”
Zito started the game at third base, and had only one at-bat. Olan came in at catcher in the bottom of the third inning, and also had one at-bat. But the joy was watching North players perform at the plate and defense was fun for them.
“It’s good to see them play for another team,” Olan said. “It’s all about competition.”
Zito added, “You want to see them excel.”
Doane, who was a three-year starter as were Timberman, Olan and Zito, went into centerfield in the bottom of the fourth inning, and had two at-bats.
The South’s only hit and run came in the top of the fourth inning when Sheldon’s Anessa Kaylor clubbed a home run over the centerfield fence to tie the game at 1-all. Kaylor was named the squad’s MVP.
The North scored its first run in the bottom of the first inning, then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Granite Bay’s Maricela Garza clubbed a home run over the left field fence in the seventh inning to end the game.
Oak Ridge head coach Sam Kloczko served as the South head coach. Trojan assistant coaches Sam Toy, Hope Kloczko, Don Okasaki and Dave Smith were also part of the all-star game, along with Sheldon head coach Mary Jo Truesdale and assistant coach Joe Jaquez.
“It was fun,” said Sam Kloczko on coaching the all-star game. “(Tuesday’s practice) was relaxed. It was about getting together for the girls to meet each other.”
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