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DOLPHINS EARN 5TH STRAIGHT SOFTBALL TITLE

For the fifth straight year the Southern Dolphins took the IIAAG girls softball crown after defeating the GW Geckos while holding off a late Gecko surge at the Leo Palace softball field Saturday afternoon.

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By Robert Balajadia

For the fifth straight year the Southern Dolphins took the IIAAG girls softball crown after defeating the GW Geckos 4-3 while holding off a late Gecko surge at the Leo Palace softball field Saturday afternoon. The Dolphins and Geckos have met in the past three softball championship games.

The Dolphins scored all four runs in the second inning and managed to fall back on their defense to make the plays needed in the final two innings to capture their fifth straight title.

For the MVP of the league, Dolphins’ Tamisha Fejeran has already helped by bringing the 2013 baseball title to Southern and now adds a 5th straight softball title which she admitted was a little more special.

“It feels good winning the two, baseball and 5th for softball but this is my 4th title since I didn’t play freshman year. It was my goal to end my senior year with two,” said Fejeran.

The Dolphins were just three outs away from the title in the top of the 7th inning leading 4-1 with pitcher Alexis Aguero at the mound.

Geckos’ Colleen Quinata was the first up to bat and managed to get on base as Aguero walked her. Tiana Perez then gave the Geckos life by spanking a grounder that rode the left sideline while staying in bounds allowing Perez to complete the double while Quinata took 3rd base.

GW’s Chelsea San Miguel then hit a ball right past first base that allowed Quinata to come home while San Miguel was able to get on base cutting the Dolphins’ lead 4-2.

Samantha Quinata then brought home Perez to bring the Dolphins within one although she was tagged out at first.

Southern managed to prevent the Geckos from scoring any more runs after getting the final out to close the game with the GW comeback falling just short.

“I was really nervous,” admitted the junior Aguero. “I thought I was going to mess up my first pitch, but it feels good to bring the 5th straight title. I’m already thinking about number six.”

Fejeran, who was playing catcher, did her best to calm down Aguero in the inning in order to close out the game.

The Southern Dolphins' seniors were the first to accept the IIAAG trophy. (GSPN photo)

The Southern Dolphins’ seniors were the first to accept the IIAAG trophy. (GSPN photo)

“I was telling her to just hit her corners and be the pitcher she has always been. She has been through this already so she shouldn’t have any problems,” stated Fejeran.

Aguero came in for starting pitcher Elyze Pacaigue in the 6th inning. Aguero’s first pitch hit Zipporah Baiei loading the bases with two outs. Geckos Pauline Paulino managed to create contact with the ball but was unable to beat the throw to first base ending the inning.

“It was real nerve wrecking, I almost went into shock today,” said head coach Roman Aguero on the final inning.

Coach Aguero did not spend much of his time in the dugout with the girls when the Geckos were at bat and when asked, Aguero explained, “I had to see if they would do good without me in there because if I was in there I would probably be getting mad. I took one for the team and went outside and they did good!”

Though the comeback came up short, Geckos head coach Alex Gumataotao couldn’t be more proud of his team for the amount of heart they displayed.

“I am so proud of this team because we’ve had our ups and downs, but in the end we always seem to find comfort and help each other comeback and win the game. It feels good from a coaches standpoint to see the girls excel when they really want something. They just needed to have confidence and have faith in their teammates to comeback. Just give yourself a chance and you’ll never know the outcome,” said coach Gumataotao on behalf of his Geckos.

Dolphins' pitcher Alex Aguero. (GSPN photo)

Dolphins’ relief pitcher Alex Aguero. (GSPN photo)

Southern got a big lift from Mary Jo Mafnas in the 2nd inning after Mafnas got a lead off single. Mafnas then energized her squad by stealing third base, going head first creating a cloud of dirt that got the Southern crowd going.

A bunt by Dolphins’ Alexis Santos caused an errant throw to first base allowing Mafnas and teammate Dariana Lujan to score, giving the Dolphins the 2-1 lead.

Aguero then bunted on her at bat where the Geckos again overthrew first base allowing Liberty Tajalle and Santos to score to go up 4-1.

Defense fueled the Dolphins through the 3rd and 5th inning allowing no runs by the Geckos.

The softball title now gives the Southern Dolphins four IIAAG titles in girls basketball, baseball, boys soccer, and now girls softball.

Third Place Game

Academy 10, JFK 9 – The Cougars grab the third place title for the second straight year after holding off a late JFK charge.

PHOTO GALLERY:

The Dolphins' celebrate immediately after winning the softball title. (GSPN photo)

The Dolphins’ celebrate immediately after winning the softball title. (GSPN photo)

Geckos Zipporah Baiei tries to catch Alexis Aguero out at first base but the throw was off allowing two Dolphins' to score. (GSPN photo)

Geckos Zipporah Baiei tries to catch Alexis Aguero out at first base but the throw was off allowing two Dolphins’ to score. (GSPN photo)

Dolphins' starting pitcher Elyze Pocaigue. (GSPN photo)

Dolphins’ starting pitcher Elyze Pocaigue. (GSPN photo)

Geckos' Samantha Quinata brings home teammate Chelsea San Miguel although getting tagged out at first. (GSPN photo)

Geckos’ Samantha Quinata brings home teammate Chelsea San Miguel although getting tagged out at first. (GSPN photo)

Geckos' Tiana Perez hits a grounder to left field that set up a near GW comeback. (GSPN photo)

Geckos’ Tiana Perez hits a grounder to left field that set up a near GW comeback. (GSPN photo)

Dolphins' pitcher Alex Aguero. (GSPN photo)

Dolphins’ pitcher Alex Aguero. (GSPN photo)

Dolphins' outfielder Maryjo Mafnas corrals a deep hit. (GSPN photo)

Dolphins’ outfielder Maryjo Mafnas corrals a deep hit. (GSPN photo)

Securing the catch is Dolphins' Alexis Aguero, getting Geckos' Krysta Jesus  out. (GSPN photo)

Securing the catch is Dolphins’ Alexis Aguero, getting Geckos’ Krysta Jesus out. (GSPN photo)

Geckos' Zipporah Baiei watches a strike go by. (GSPN photo)

Geckos’ Zipporah Baiei watches a strike go by. (GSPN photo)

Geckos' starting pitcher Celeene Mendiola. (GSPN photo)

Geckos’ starting pitcher Celeene Mendiola. (GSPN photo)

Geckos' Colleen Quinata makes a great play on an infield hit. (GSPN photo)

Geckos’ Colleen Quinata makes a great play on an infield hit. (GSPN photo)

The Geckos and Dolphins meet up for an after action handshake. (GSPN photo)

The Geckos and Dolphins meet up for an after action handshake. (GSPN photo)

Dolphins' MVP Tamisha Fejeran accepts the IIAAG trophy from president Marty Boudreau. (GSPN photo)

Dolphins’ MVP Tamisha Fejeran accepts the IIAAG trophy from president Marty Boudreau. (GSPN photo)

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