Lindsey Kuss provided Murrieta Valley with all the offense it needed Tuesday afternoon as teammate Lacey Alderman scattered eight hits giving up just one run as she pitched a complete game victory for the Nighthawks. Alderman stuck out six Griffins over seven innings for her first playoff win.
Griffin pitcher Ryan Bonhart was almost as unhittable on the mound for Los Alamitos. The Griffin pitcher was aggressive but kept the ball away from Murrieta Valley’s explosive lineup. She even hit four Nighthawk batters, including Olivia Sanchez twice.
Her only bad pitch was to Lindsey Kuss who crushed her first home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning.
“It was a hard fought victory against a very good team” said MVHS Coach Sean Parks. “We didn’t necessarily play our best, but we made the plays when we had to. It was great timing for Lindsay to hit her first homerun”.
The Griffins scored in the fourth inning when Jenna Holcomb singled, stole second and then swiped third as well. She was driven in for the lone run against Alderman. “The more pressure the better” said Alderman. “At one point in the game I had the bases loaded and it pushed me to fight and get through it. And I did. It was a great game and I’m very proud of my team and I hope we go all the way.”
The Nighthawks improved to 23-7 on the year and will play ML King in round two of the Ford CIF SS Division 1 Softball Championship tournament. The Wolves beat Valley View in round one 6-0 and have an impressive 24-5 record this season. They finished in a tie for first place in the Big VIII league with perennial powerhouse Norco.
“Being in the playoffs and being a senior and a pitcher is very stressful” added the Nighthawk pitcher. “The outcome of the game is all determined on how I do on hitting my spots and how well I pitch. “It’s a very fun experience but it goes by so fast. The season is almost coming to an end, I want to go deep into the tournament and win CIF”.
The game will be played at Murrieta Valley at 3:30 on Thursday.