NBL softball: Pearl, Terrel lead Windsor past Maria Carrillo

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Windsor's Angelica Terrel, left, congratulates pitcher Kaleo Pearl after winning the game during the game held at Windsor High School, April 14, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Windsor’s Angelica Terrel, left, congratulates pitcher Kaleo Pearl after winning the game during the game held at Windsor High School, April 14, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

WINDSOR — Kaleo Pearl pitched her best game of the season and Angelica Terrel blasted a two-run homer in the first inning as Windsor defeated Maria Carrillo, 2-0, on Monday.

Pearl tossed a four-hitter and got plenty of support from her defense as the Jaguars became one of three teams with only one loss in NBL play. The others are Santa Rosa and Cardinal Newman.

Outfielders Raelle Jones and Maddie Pellman both made plays that kept Carrillo off the scoreboard and shortstop Aleecia Huerta came up with a pair of gems.

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Pearl improved to 3-1 and lowered her ERA to 3.42. This was her first shutout.

“I relied on my drop curve and fastball,” the sophomore said. “I had good control of both those pitches.

“When we got off to the fast start I thought I’d have more runs to work with, so I just concentrated on putting the ball around the plate and letting my defense make the plays. I knew they would come through.”

Terrel upped her batting average to .605 thanks to the homer and a single in the fourth inning.

“The home run came on an off-speed pitch,” the senior said. “It was belt high and inside, just where my power is. I knew it had home run distance when I hit it.”

The ball easily cleared the left field fence which is 180 feet from home plate.

Ashlynn Wells, who was on base after drawing a walk, came home in front of Terrel.

Robin Johnson was the hard-luck loser. She gave up only three hits and struck out nine. The senior didn’t allow a baserunner after the second inning.

“We just couldn’t string together anything when we got runners on base,” coach Lonnie Harwell said. “We lost a good chance because of a base-running mistake and give credit to the Windsor defense for making some great plays.”

Brittney Veler, who came into the game with a .644 average, had a pair of hits for the Pumas. Hannah Chew and Lauren Piehoff had the other two, both singles.

The only other Windsor hit, besides the pair by Terrel, was a single by Allie Haskins.

Windsor is now 3-1 in league and 10-3 overall.

“This win was huge for us,” Jaguars coach Shannon Pellman said. “Carrillo is one of the best teams in the league and we had to play one of our best games to beat them.

“I was glad to see Pearl pitch such an outstanding game. She’s one of the hardest-working players we have. Also, she’s a warrior and has no fear. That was Terrel’s third home run of the year and the way she’s been crushing the ball in practice, I think she’ll put up big power numbers the rest of the season.”

Both teams play today. Carrillo (9-5 and 3-2) hosts Montgomery while Windsor travels to Ukiah. The Jaguars are 6-0 in road games.

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