After snapping its long drought without a conference title, the College of San Mateo softball team is rolling along and has a full head of steam heading into the playoffs.
“We’re just trying to stay as level-headed as possible,” CSM coach Nicole Borg said. “It’s worked. We’re taking the approach that every opponent we play is the best opponent we’ve played all year.”
The Bulldogs (35-3, 15-1) had been looking up at Ohlone College each of the last four seasons, last year finishing one game back of Ohlone, but with the streak over, they have the confidence they can do damage in the playoffs.
“We just didn’t have the weapons to make it happen [last year],” Borg said. “We have great chemistry; we have kids that know how to win.
Just understanding that we have the potential to be great and preaching that to the kids every day.”
Freshman pitcher Michele Pilster has dominated the Coast Conference North Division with a 25-2 record and a league-best 1.13 ERA.
She has also struck out 152 batters in her league-best 147²?³ innings.
What has been helpful has been her catcher, Jamie Navarro, who was her teammate in high school at Capuchino High School.
“That battery is pretty sound and they know what makes each other ticks,” Borg said. “It’s just having that overall mentality that you’re good enough to play at a higher level.”
Navarro has done her own bit of damage at the plate. Navarro is hitting .405 with seven home runs, 33 RBIs, and 13 stolen bases.
Another one of their Capuchino teammates, Vika Kafoa, has matched Navarro. Kafoa is sitting at .418 with six home runs and 32 RBIs.
CSM has one game remaining before the playoffs begin the weekend of May 5.
“It would be a great feeling knowing that they are already league champion,” Borg said.