The Lady Colts softball team is determined to claim a league crown and go undefeated in MVAL play this year.
Coming off a first-place finish at the Reno tournament, in which Logan went 6-0, the Colts set the tone with a pair of runs in the first inning en route to a 9-0 victory over host Washington in opening MVAL action Tuesday afternoon.
"Getting runs early helps out a lot," Barnes said. "It allows me to relax and gives me room to breathe."
Not that Barnes needed that much support. The senior right-hander, who is undecided on a college, pitched a three-hitter. She struck out 11 and walked two.
Barnes struck out the side in the first and sixth innings. Two of the three hits she allowed were doubles
"I felt a little stiff from the weekend," said Barnes, who pitched Logan to five victories in Reno.
The Colts (10-2, 1-0 MVAL) are No.8 in the East Bay rankings, and their two losses are both to ranked teams in No.6 Castro Valley and No.10 Alameda.
The Colts kept the pressure on Washington starting pitcher Jessica Pepin until the third inning, when she sustained an unfortunate injury. With Logan leading 1-0, Barnes threw a pitch, which accidentally hit Pepin's left knee and dropped her to the ground.
Washington (3-4, 0-1) hung around until the Colts broke the game open in the sixth inning. With a 5-0 lead, Logan erupted for four runs with two out to take a 9-0 lead.
Colts Alex Stang, who went 2-for-4 and hit a solo home run from the leadoff spot, doubled to left to bring in Sierra for a 6-0 lead. Julyssa Perry (2-for-4) followed with a two-run home run to left as the Colts took a commanding 8-0 lead.
Barnes doubled and scored on an error to cap the sixth-inning run barrage. Barnes went 2-for-4 with a double and scored three runs.
“We all played very well and did our thing”, said senior Stephanie Barnes