Softball Shows Power at Plate

Palisades teammates congratulate Peyton Pollard as she reaches home plate after hitting a two-run home run to center field in the fourth inning of last Friday’s home opener against Vista.
Photos by Steve Galluzzo

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

After being kept off the scoreboard in its season opener at Culver City, the Palisades High softball team sought to score some runs in its home opener last Friday against Vista.

The Dolphins did just that, hitting three home runs and scoring 10 times, but it wasn’t enough in a 14-10 loss to the  Panthers from the San Diego Section.

Outfielder Ella Edwards had a huge day at the plate. In her first at-bat she ripped an RBI double over the third base bag. The next time up she smacked a two-run homer to give the Dolphins a 6-3 lead in the third inning. She added an infield single in the sixth and a three-run homer in the seventh.  Fellow sophomore Peyton Pollard belted a a two-run homer to give the Dolphins their first lead, 4-3, in the third inning.   

Third baseman Heaven Alvarez, yet another sophomore, hit an RBI single in the sixth to cut Palisades’ deficit to 14-7.        

“We always start slow… especially this year with all the rain and no field to practice on,” Pali High Coach Tori Dario said. “Defensively it’s been rough. We’re a new group with three transfers, so we need to build team chemistry.”