HIALEAH, FL – When a program is in its inaugural season – there will be plenty of firsts.
Wednesday marked the first time the ASA Miami softball program scrimmaged against another team and it went as well as a scrimmage could, with the Lady Silver Storm defeating Gold Coast Hurricanes Travel Club 18-6 at Carl F. Slade Park.
The teams played seven official innings with an extra hitting session that didn’t count towards the final box score.
ASA Miami’s softball program, which will play the 2019 season as a “club team” before jumping into NJCAA Division-I play in 2020, began fall conditioning just over two weeks ago but already flashed the potential of being a potent offensive team.
The Silver Storm racked up 24 hits and scored in five of the seven innings Wednesday
After Gold Coast took a 6-5 lead in the top of the fourth inning, ASA’s bats came alive – getting five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 10-6 lead and completely put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth with an 8-run rally.
ASA Miami head coach Geena Capitini said her team played with a lot of energy during the scrimmage.
“We hit the ball really, really well,” Capitini said. “The girls played well overall…they came out with a lot of fire. We got rolling and [Gold Coast] couldn’t shut us down.”
ASA’s Marisha Bullard had a hot bat Wednesday. The sophomore transfer from Webber International University, who has earned the nickname “Angry Bird”, was a double away from hitting for the cycle – racking up two singles, a triple, and a three-run home run. Bullard’s big night at the plate led to a game-high five RBI.
Also, Alexandra Garcia was a perfect 4-of-4 Wednesday, Sydney Cypress was 3-of-4 with two runs scored, and Erica Casterman was 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
Three ASA pitchers saw action on the mound Wednesday. Jade Jerez, Ashley Alfanso, and Karina Londono all got at least two innings of work. Had it been a regular season game, Jerez would’ve earned the win.
While Capitini was happy with her team’s big night at the plate, she was most proud of the way it did all the little things.
“We did a good job of backing up throws and made good decisions about where to go with the ball on catches,” Capitini said. “We did the little things right and played heads-up softball. When you do the little things right, you win games.”
With their first win securely under their respective belts, the Lady Silver Storm will look to earn their first win against a four-year program when they take on St. Thomas University on October 12 to play a 10-inning exhibition.
“We’re really looking forward to playing against a four-year school,” said Capitini, whose team will open the regular season on January 19 at Miami Dade College.
“Playing [against St. Thomas University] will go a long way to showing us how the season will go.”