The San Marcos softball team couldn’t overcome early scoring from top-seeded Moorpark and lost 8-3 in a first-round CIF-SS Division 4 road matchup Thursday.

“We started out slow and not as sharp as we could have been, but I am extremely proud of how our girls kept competing, being down 6-0,” Royals coach Jeff Swann said. “This was a great learning experience for our young team that returns seven starters and will be invaluable for us for next season.”

Bella Cruz scored the first San Marcos run in the fifth inning, after she singled, advanced on a grounder and passed ball, and scored on a two-out single from senior Iza Velasquez.

In the sixth, Caitlyn Early hit a two-run home run, scoring Gigi Gritt, who had reached on a single.

Royals pitcher Kate Guerra went the distance, “and did a good job against a great hitting Moorpark squad,” Swann said. “She was backed up by some excellent defense.”

San Marcos’ season ends at 14-15.

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