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Sheldon's Kennedy Helps Top Monterey Trail

Mar 28, 2024 10:14AM ● By By Alejandro Barron

Sophomore Kwinci Brown showing emotion towards her dugout after hitting a double. Brown went 1-3 with this double and later scored during her offensive performance on March 13. Photo by Alejandro Barron

ELK GROVE (MPG) - In a dominant pitching performance from a freshman, the Sheldon Huskies visited the Monterey Trail Mustangs where they took the victory 6-0 on March 13, moving the Huskies to 5-3 on the young season.  
With seven innings of shutout work along with 13 strikeouts, Micah Kennedy was able to carry the Huskies to victory for her first win of the season. 
“Micah is a freshman and she’s working really hard and she was definitely on her game and she was very focused,” head coach Mary Jo Truesdale said. “With Grace (Harding) behind the plate, who is also a freshman catcher, they work really well together. 
Coach Truesdale gives a lot of praise to this battery of underclassmen, as she said that she would never guess that these two were freshmen due to their high level OF performance. 
Offensively the Huskies had three players with multi-hit games including Angie Guzman, Madison Chapman and Angelica Sanchez. 
It was Guzman who got the ball rolling early on for the Huskies as she hit a double in the first inning, and although she didn’t score, Guzman hit another double later in the game resulting in two RBI’s to start a rally and later score. 
Sanchez pushed across two RBI’s on her two hits along with Chapman who had two hits that resulted in an RBI.
 This offensive production is attributed to their preparation according to coach Truesdale who said that the day before the game the Huskies worked on offense and how they should take advantage of every pitch, and she said this carried over into the game. 
These runs also came across due to defensive mistakes on behalf of the Mustangs as they made three errors.
Kennedy’s dominant pitching performance limited the Mustangs to three hits, as they couldn’t get much offensively going with 13 of the 21 outs recorded being strikeouts.
Despite this performance, head coach Adolfo Coronado tries motivating his players to keep their head up in order to improve play as they have yet to get into the win column in this young season. 

“I tell them to keep going to get better, they gotta keep practicing hard, to not put their heads down and to keep grinding and that’s one thing I’m teaching these girls that no matter what the end of the game says we are still going to keep fighting,” Coronado said . 
As far as adjustments that need to be made, Coronado hopes to see his team more comfortable when fielding and elevating their game in order to play comfortably without making any mistakes. 
Both these squads have league play coming up and both are confident that they are ready. 
For the Mustangs, Coronado talks about how he built a tough schedule in order to be ready for season. 
“We’re seeing all the pitching we want to see to set us up for the league so when it does come around we’ll be better prepared,” Coronado said. 
The tough match-up is a common theme for the Huskies as Truesdale is gearing up for the “super-league” that is the Delta League. 
“We’ve been playing a lot of tough teams and that was our plan, and we have two more non-league games that are against tough teams and we just want to be ready,” Truesdale said. 
The Huskies start league play against the Franklin Wildcats on March 27 while the Mustangs began league play on Tuesday against the River City Raiders.