Providence Softball Season ends with a 5-2 Loss to Santa Paula
The Providence Pioneers, coming off an 11-3 win over the Westminster Lions in round 1 of the CIF Division 5 Playoffs, found their bats silenced for most of the game by Lilly Arana of the Santa Paula Cardinals. Arana nearly pitched a shutout but still finished with a complete game victory after allowing two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. She struck out 13 batters, with 2 runs and 4 hits allowed, and no walks. Providence’s Grace Workman had a rough first inning, allowing 4 runs to come across. She surrendered another run in the top of the 3rd inning. The high-stress innings effectively ended her afternoon as Olyvia Rutter came in relief for Workman in the 4th inning. Rutter struck out 7 batters in 4 innings pitched while Workman lasted 3 innings in her start.
Santa Paula scored quickly in the top of the first inning. With leadoff hitter Angie Aguilera on base, Cardinals’ Madison Gray reached on an error, and Aguilera came around to score. The final run for Santa Paula, which came in the top of the 3rd inning, saw Natalie Segura drive in KaiLea Reyes with a 2-out RBI single to make it a 5-0 game.
Arana held Providence scoreless through the first 6 innings of the game, surrendering only one hit. The Pioneers tried to pull together a late rally in the bottom of the 7th inning as Delailah Lopez and Rutter hit back-to-back singles with one out. After both runners advanced on a double steal, Gloria Galindo hit a 2-run RBI double to get Providence on the board. Unfortunately, that was all the offense the Pioneers would get. After a sacrifice bunt advanced Galindo, Belen Benito struck out swinging to end the game and the season for the Pioneers. “It was a special season for the Pioneers,” said Providence head Coach Manuel Travieso, “we didn’t want it to end this way, but this is something that they will learn from and carry it on to next season.” He also stated that Santa Paula should go through to the Division 5 final. Travieso is ready to turn the page on this historic season that ultimately fell short of a CIF finals appearance, as he turns his attention to the offseason and the late August conditioning program where the Pioneers will prepare for the 2024 season.
Santa Paula Head Coach Bianca Noriega shared her thoughts on the team’s win over Providence, “I thought it was a great team win, we came together and played well, Liliana Arana was on fire today as we got her runs and did well.” She went on and said that she was proud of Lily who stepped up for the team in this big game.
Santa Paula will take on Silverado High School in the Quarterfinal Round of the CIF Division 5 Playoffs on Thursday, May 11th at 3:15 PM while Providence’s season has come to a close.