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The 2017 seniors and their families
Softball - Sat, Apr. 22, 2017

FULLERTON, CA - The Royals celebrated Senior Day in their final regular season series against Saint Katherine College on Saturday, April 22. The senior Royals, Alejandra Guillen (SR/Downey, CA), Crystal Cano (SR/Norwalk, CA), Jocelyn Young (SR/Reno, NV), Alyssa Nava (SR/Cerritos, CA), and Cynthia Martinez (SR/Montebello, CA), and their teammates went out with a bang with a sweep against the Firebirds. Game one resulted in a 7-1 win and game two resulted in a 3-0 win. 

The Royals produced seven runs on seven hits in game one to receive the win. Four of the seven hits came from Guillen and Justice Walker (JR/Huntington Beach, CA). The two hit back-to-back doubles in the first inning to give Hope their first run of the game. Walker proceeded to steal third the very next pitch. Martinez brought Walker in to score on a sacrifice fly to right. 

Thanks to a walk given to Jaslin Rivas (JR/La Mirada, CA), the Royals came up with another run after a triple to right center from Samantha Molina (JR/Yorba Linda, CA). Rivas scored from first with no problems. Cano also collected a hit in the third by singling down the left field line. She reached second on a throwing error, but would not see another base that inning. 

The Royals put together their final four runs in the fourth inning. With one out, Rivas reached first on a throwing error from the short stop. Molina reached on a walk. Nava moved both runners into scoring position with a beautiful sacrifice bunt. Guillen produced two RBI with a double to center, scoring both Rivas and Molina. Walker clutched up again with a triple to left center, bringing Guillen around to score. The final run came for Hope when Cano reached on an error by the short stop. Walked scored on the wild throw. 

Guillen collected the win in the circle for game one, giving her a final regular season record of 13-5. She threw seven complete innings, giving up ten hits and one walk, but she allowed only one earned run to score. She also had three strikeouts. 

The Royals collected another seven hits for game two, but only produced three runs this time around. The first two hits came in the second inning. Ashley Bonham (FR/Modesto, CA) singled to center, and Molina singled to right, but no runs were produced that inning. 

Hope's three runs came in the third inning. Ally Painter (JR/La Palma, CA) started the inning with a double down the left field line. Guillen moved her to third with a single to center and then advanced to second on the throw to third. Walker blasted another triple to center field to clear the bases yet again. She scored on the same play by a throwing error from center field. 

Bonham produced another single in the fourth, but she would not come around to score. Martinez also came up with a single to left in the fifth, but her pinch runner was thrown out at second on an attempt to steal. 

Tori Franks (JR/Mesa, AZ) earned the win in the circle for Game 2, moving her final regular season record to 14-8. She gave up one hit and one walk and collected an impressive ten strikeouts for the day, finishing the weekend with just one hit allowed in 12 innings of work.

The Royals finish the regular season 29-15 overall as the fourth seed in the upcoming GSAC Tournament on May 2-4. The Royals will play the opening game of the Tournament against fifth-seeded San Diego Christian at 9:30 at Vanguard in Costa Mesa, CA. Check back for a tournament preview coming soon on our website.