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Grand opening for Providence softball team

Softball: Young Pioneers squad does enough to earn 13-6 nonleague win against Sherman Indian.

March 04, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Providence's Tabitha Taylan and Ashley Corral get congratulations after scoring runs against Sherman on Monday, March 4, 2013.
Providence's Tabitha Taylan and Ashley Corral… (Roger Wilson / Staff…)

BURBANK — Providence High junior pitcher Sierra Nelson admitted she and her Providence High softball teammates were nervous heading into Monday's game.

Fielding a young team that featured just two seniors and one junior, the Pioneers were apprehensive about how they would perform in their season opener against Sherman Indian.

Turns out the Pioneers had nothing to worry about.

Providence built an early lead and was able to take advantage of pitching struggles by the Braves to earn a 13-6 nonleague victory at Olive Park.

"We were all nervous before the game," said Nelson, who picked up the win in going the distance in the circle. "But we do a lot of team bonding, and we know we have each other's backs. We are always there to support one another and I think that helps us on the field."

Providence Coach Joel Curtis admitted his team's performance was far from flawless. However, taking into consideration the squad's youth, and the fact that it was the first game of the season, the Pioneers skipper said he was pleased with the effort.

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"I told than that they all did something good today," Curtis said. "We have some new girls who have never played with us, so for them to get in the game and get the experience was a big positive for us. We were also able to swing the ball pretty well and we were very patient at the plate.

"We do have a lot to learn and there are definitely some things that we will have to work on. But overall, I'm pleased with how they played today."

Nelson got into her share of problems throughout the contest. However, she was able to work out of a majority of those situations with little or no damage done. The hurler didn't surrender more than two runs in any inning, limiting Sherman Indian to just four hits — none of which came after the third inning. In addition, Nelson struck out 12.

"It's nice that I was able to get the runs behind me," Nelson said. "What was great today is that we've been working on some things in practice, and they were able to do some of those things today."

Providence received a solid offensive effort from cleanup hitter Salina Hasrouty, who went two for two with two walks, one run scored and two runs batted in.

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