St. Joseph/s softball team/s offense was on for two innings Wednesday.
Two were more than enough for Knights pitcher Katie Dering.
"She did a really good job today," Knights catcher Jaimey Kleinsmith said of Dering after Dering hurled a two-hitter in St. Joseph/s 6-1 non-league win against Arroyo Grande at the Hagerman Sports Complex.
"She hit her spots really well."
St. Joseph, after getting seven hits off Arroyo Grande pitcher Randi Truhlar, improved to 2-3-1. Arroyo Grande is 1-2.
"We just came out confident, and we got good results," St. Joseph first baseman Whitney Adam said of the Knights/ hitting output.
The Knights gave Dering all the runs she needed in the first inning when they struck three times.
Jessica Perez got the home team rolling with a triple, and then Sharee Vail singled her in with the first run. With Vail on third base and Kleinsmith on first after drawing a walk, Amy Stowe knocked in Vail with a single.
Kleinsmith eventually scored when Stowe hung up a two-out rundown long enough for Kleinsmith to cross the plate before Stowe was tagged.
After her team/s big first inning, Dering took care of the rest.
"She did a great job," St. Joseph coach Greg Guerrero said. "She did a nice job of mixing up her pitches," varying fastballs and off-speed stuff.
"She didn/t last but two or three innings," in the Knights/ loss to Santa Maria in the Cabrillo Tournament last Saturday, said Guerrero. "Of course, she/d been ill. She ran out of gas."
"Today was the best by far," of her three outings this season, Dering said. "I was confident. I had good command of my stuff."
The Knights increased their lead to 6-0 with three runs in the third inning. Adam singled in one and then Kleinsmith doubled home two more.
The Eagles scored their only run in the fourth when Chelsie Rodriguez tripled. The only baserunner they had after that got on board via a walk.
The Knights backed Dering up with strong defense. First baseman Adam stopped two hard ground balls near the first base line and stepped on the bags for outs both times.
"Just reflexes," she said of her stops on the grounders. She also made a sliding catch of a foul pop for an out.
Knights third baseman Michaela Adam made a backhanded snag of Kendal Lawrence/s sharp grounder and threw to Whitney Adam for the last out of the game.
"The hitting/s been good," Guerrero said. "Now we just need the pitching and defense to catch up. The pitching/s been really spotty. We just haven/t had," many games.
Guerrero said Wednesday marked a good start toward better pitching and defensive days for his team.
RHS 411, LHS 499
Medalist Daniel Miller led Righetti to a non-league win over Lompoc.
Miller shot a 72 at the Santa Maria Country Club. Teammates following Miller were Eric Barnard and Kyle Waterbury (82 apiece), Morgan Fippinger (86) and Jimmy Powell (89).
Robert Johnson led the Braves with a 96.
March 18, 2004