Windsor softball loses star catcher

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Windsor catcher Angelica Terrel was hitting .605 with three home runs and 12 RBI (photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Windsor catcher Angelica Terrel was hitting .605 with three home runs and 12 RBI (photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Windsor softball’s resurgent season suffered a big blow with the loss of All-Empire catcher Angelica Terrel to a serious ankle injury.

After blasting a double at Ukiah on Tuesday, the senior hit second base awkwardly and went down. Terrel suffered at least a severe sprain and could miss several weeks, said coach Shannon Pellman.

“There’s no doubt it’s a huge loss. You can’t replace Angelica,” Pellman said. “We have to shift things around. We just have to see how it works out.”

On the season, Terrel was hitting .605 with three home runs, seven doubles, and a dozen runs batted in for Windsor. Her two-run homer was the difference in defeating Maria Carrillo on Monday.

Windsor lost the Ukiah game and will be challenged even more to compete for the North Bay League title. Six teams — including Windsor — have a pair of NBL losses as league play nears the halfway mark.

Powered by Terrel and senior pitcher Rachelle Butulia, with contributions from a handful of younger players, Windsor was pushing for a North Coast Section playoff spot.

Windsor’s deep bench should help it remain competitive.

Moving to catcher will be current second baseman Shay Mendoza, who was playing out of position. The freshman’s best position is catcher. Mendoza is third on the team in both hits and runs scored.

Pellman figures to move other players around and play reserves more to fill in at second base and craft the strongest lineup.

“We do have some pretty good depth,” Pellman said.

NBL softball play resumes Thursday. Ukiah visits Santa Rosa; Casa Grande is at Montgomery; Maria Carrillo hosts Cardinal Newman; and Rancho Cotate travels to Windsor. All games begin at 4 p.m.

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