The Santa Barbara High girls softball team opened its season with a 13-2 five-inning win over Santa Ynez on Monday.

Sophomore pitcher Madison Benedict went the distance for the Dons.

Carpinteria 12, Pacifica 12

Alexiana Jaimes led the Warriors with three hits, including a triple, and four RBI in a game that was called due to darkness.

“We played really well as a team on only five days of practice,” said coach Matt Mora. “I am very happy with the effort the ladies gave today. We had so players step up in a big way and had great hits by Bamma Cardenas, Amarisse Camargo, and Sophia Thomas.”

The Warriors face Channel Islands on Tuesdayt in their first league game. 

Beach Volleyball

San Marcos won two three-set battles and defeated Santa Ynez, 3-2, in a season-opening girls beach volleyball match on Monday in Solvang

The team of Josie Gamberdella/Alina Stapf rebounded from a first-set loss and beat Kaki Allen/Sadie Lishman of the Pirates, 15-21, 21-12, 15-13, to clinch the victory for the Royals.

The duo Katie Kracke/Deven Brunett oulasted Santa Ynez’s Hannah Allen/Arelie Perez, 19-21, 21-17, 15-13

Brooke Hoadley/Paige Hoadley won in a sweep, 21-4, 21-18 against Jordan Gann/Morgan Collins.

For Santa Ynez, Jayda Henrey/Gianna Pecile defeated Riley Green/Lily Blankenhorn, 21-6, 10-21, 15-9, and Halle Swanson/Haley Spry topped Mia Miller/Lila Westmacot 21-17, 21-18.

“We still have lots of work to do, but I am super happy with the progress that we are making,” said Santa Ynez coach Melissa Rogers. “Today we had to bring up four JV athletes to compete at the varsity level and they all did great.  We controlled the ball well and as a result, we were able to stay in system fairly consistently.  I am looking forward to seeing what this team can accomplish this season.”

Boys Lacrosse

Sophomore attackmen Jack Finneran and Vince Crisa each scored four goals for Dos Pueblos in a 16-8 win over Simi Valley.

The Chargers jumped out to a 4-1 lead and never looked back.

Team captain and goalie Salem Bahwaneh made 10 saves and Cairo Rios dominated at face offs.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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