By Brandon HENSLEY
Coming off a quality road victory against Burroughs on Tuesday, the Lady Falcons softball team returned home and took care of business in a Pacific League game against the Pasadena Bulldogs, winning 10-0.
Starting pitcher Olivia Thayer went four innings and faced the minimum number of batters. Chloe Fairbrother, who usually plays first base, came on in relief with CV leading 8-0. She gave up three hits in her three innings of work.
Neither pitcher was overpowering – Thayer had one strikeout, Fairbrother none – but that was mostly due to Pasadena being extra aggressive at the plate and swinging at pitches early in its at-bats (The Bulldogs did not draw a walk all game).
“For me and Olivia, I always look at the batter to see what they’re doing,” said CV catcher Jessica Morena. “We have to work together and trust in each other what we know what we’re doing, and what pitches we’re calling.”
Is there anything different about the two pitchers?
“There’s not really a big difference,” said Morena. “Chloe’s great … Olivia’s great. She’s a little quicker than Chloe.”
Just like the Burroughs game, the Falcons (8-7-1, 4-1 in league) got off to a fast start offensively against Bulldogs pitcher Rachel Albright. They scored three runs in the first inning on four hits. The top of the CV’s order – Hailey Cookson, Adela Alabraca and Hannah Cookson — all reached base with hits and all came around to score.
The Falcons put up another three runs in the second, including a bloop single by Hailey and a triple by Hannah that scored Hailey. With Thayer in control, the game was essentially over by then.
Pasadena fell to 1-4 in league. CV is tied for second in league with Burroughs, both behind Burbank (5-0), which has won nine games in a row.
The Falcons now play their next five games on the road, starting at Glendale High School on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.