By Josh Lowden
(Temple City) – While known for her dominance on the mound, it is her complete game that makes Michelle Floyd one of the best in the valley.
Floyd struck out nine, hit a home run, and had two RBIs to lead San Marino to a 5-0 victory over the Temple City Rams.
Floyd only allowed one hit in the game.
In the fourth with two outs, Larissa Phillips scored on Floyd’s homer over the left field fence.
Rattled by the home run, Jenny Pegg gave up two more hits before being relieved by Jessica Loicano. Loicano came in and struck out Taryn Converse to end the inning.
“Michelle sparked us up with that two run blast,” said Titans coach Hilda Valencia. “We tell the girls to feed off each other and they fed off of the homer.”
More trouble for the Rams in the sixth as Erin Stenwall opened the inning with a solid double. Floyd reached base on an error and Jacqueline Martinez’s single brought home Stenwall and Allison Lee (courtesy runner for Floyd).
After walking Converse, Alexis Watanabe got on first on a beautiful bunt to load the bases. Courtney Johnson batted in Martinez in with a single. Emily Stenwall grounded out to end the inning.
All the runs were scored with two outs.
San Marino finished with 12 hits.
“That’s a huge comparison to Monday,” Hilda said of their hitting. “We have to hit. That’s the only way, obviously, that we’re going to put up runs.”
Temple City’s only chance to score came in the sixth. With two outs and Jessica Doi on third, the Rams were unable to capitalize, with Kristin Hudak grounding out to first.
“At the end of the game I wasn’t happy because we didn’t play at the level we should’ve,” said Rams Coach Bob Ellingsworth.