Gewecke silences Lady Titans offense as Temescal Canyon’s softball playoff run ends

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Temescal Canyon’s Marissa Sanchez (7) gets the force out at second base to start a double play during a CIF Softball State playoff game against Temple City Wednesday, June 1. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

By Derryl Trujillo 

— TEMPLE CITY – Throughout their playoff run the Temescal Canyon softball team has been able to solve most of the pitchers they have faced, scoring a total of 27 runs this postseason entering their semifinal matchup. However, the Lady Titans had no answers for Temple City starting pitcher Kassandra Geweckem falling 7-1 after being tied at one-run apiece through two innings.

The Lady Rams offense got going right away as Sheridan Gonzalez laid down a squeeze bunt to lead off the game and Samantha Womack singled. Melanie Platon sacrificed the pair to second and third and a run scored on Mikala Sanchez’ groundout. Lady Titans’ starter Marissa Sanchez limited damage, getting a groundout from Mya Arias to end the threat.

Macie Lawrence (44) gets across the plate to score the Lady Titan’s only run of their CIF SoCal Softball Regional semifinal game at Temple City High School Wednesday, June 1. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Temple City head coach Eric Arreola said “That first time through the order we just went with a very basic approach of laying off anything high and driving the good stuff and we worked from there. I don’t know what more can be said about Kassandra that has not been said…she just has it and has a desire to succeed that’s off the charts.”

Temescal Canyon responded in the second inning with two outs as Macie Lawrence singled up the middle and Sanchez was hit by a pitch. Gisele Gonzalez had the RBI single before Gewecke struck out Hayley Gano.

Gewecke, part of a talented class of sophomore pitchers, remarked “When you don’t know about a batter you have to throw to your strengths and what you see in that at bat and work from there as the game goes on. We fell short of a title last year but knew what we had to do and have been slowly checking off the boxes this year.”

When the Lady Rams played Orange Vista, it was a six-run second inning which blew the game open in a Division 4 quarterfinal win. On Wednesday, June 1, the Lady Rams did their damage in the middle innings…recording six unanswered runs on six hits and sending fourteen batters to the plate in creating the 7-1 lead which Gewecke made stick.

Temescal Canyon’s Madison Morris (21) makes the stretch to complete the double play during a CIF Softball State playoff game against Temple City Wednesday, June 1. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Temescal Canyon coach Christina Goldberg remarked “Our offense just did not adjust today and that’s unfortunately the sport of softball. Marissa has been tremendous for us, but they were hitting her hard and I had to try and give a different look and see if we couldn’t give ourselves an opportunity. It will be hard to lose the seniors we’re losing but for the returners they have to remember how this feels and rise above it next year.”

Derryl Trujillo has been a sportswriter in the area since 2018 and is a 2019 winner of the IEBCA Supporter of the Year award. He can be reached by email at socaltrekkie@gmail.com.