‘Bad game’ knocks Providence softball out of playoffs

Providence High softball coach Joel Curtis summed up his team’s performance when he met with his players following their CIF Southern Section Division VII playoff game Thursday afternoon.

“I told them that they picked a a bad time to have a bad game,” Curtis said.

The Pioneers struggled at the plate and committed a rash of errors in a 10-0 first-round loss to host Ramona Convent in a game that was called in the sixth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

“Not to disparage the other team by any means, but we just played terrible,” Curtis said. “This was not a good game for us at all. We just made a bunch of errors and mistakes, doing things like dropping a pop fly and calling for a ball and then letting it go over our head.

“We had seven seniors who were dragging their butts after being at grad night last night. We just couldn’t hit the ball either. …It wasn’t pretty.”

Providence, which finished second in the Liberty League behind Archer, ended the season at 8-7.

The Pioneers were able to manage just four hits off of Ramona Convent (12-9), which placed second in the Horizon League. Senior Isabella Angobung was two for three and seniors Christy Hoffman and Josephine Flores had singles.

“When we did hit the ball we kind of hit it weakly, at them,” Curtis said. “We hit the ball right at them and some of our hitters were really late on everything. Their pitcher really wasn’t that fast, but we just couldn’t hit her for some reason.

“Although I told them they had a bad game, I also told them that I am proud of the overall season that they did have.”

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