After weeks of practices and scrimmages, the Pirates finally took to the softball diamond - more than 1,500 miles from home.
The Pirates went 1-4 on their Arizona nonconference road trip in March, settling for a one-run win against Scottsdale Community College on March 25.
The Pirates caught a bit of a breather with spring break before heading back to the diamond on April 6, taking on the Skagit Valley Cardinals at home. Results of the double-header were unavailable at press time.
Peninsula is at Olympic College (Bremerton) on April 9.
South Mountain erupts
In a game originally scheduled for early in the week but postponed thanks to rain, the South Mountain Cougars topped Peninsula 15-2 on March 26, P.C.'s final game of a five-game swing through Arizona.
Dena Houser led Peninsula with two hits and a run scored while Marquita Espinoza and Colleen Murphy-Carey added a hit each.
Carly Swingle took the loss on the mound, giving up just two earned runs in her four innings. The Pirates committed eight errors in the loss.
Pirates score a win versus Scottsdale
The Pirates can lay claim to one feat already this season they didn't achieve in 2009: a nonconference win.
After dropping a 3-0 decision in the opening game of a double-header versus Scottsdale Community College, Peninsula edged the Chokes 7-6 on March 25 for their first win of the 2010 campaign.
Shana Butcher went all seven innings and gave up just three earned runs to pick up the win.
Espinoza went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs, Houser homered and scored four times and Michelle Senf drove in a run for the victorious Pirates.
Swingle took the tough-luck loss in the opener, giving up just two earned runs in six innings.
She joined Espinoza and Laura Campbell as the only Pirates to get a hit.
Peninsula, playing in the team's third and fourth games, was taking on a Scottsdale team with 30 games logged this season (6-23-1).
Former NJCAA champs rout P.C.
What an opponent to kick off the season.
Thanks to a rainout a day earlier, Peninsula matched up with - and got beat handily by - Arizona Western, a two-time national champion playing in their 42nd and 43rd games of the season, on March 24.
In game one, Arizona Western took the 13-2, five-inning win behind 13 hits and seven Peninsula errors.
Houser was a bright spot for P.C., going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Espinoza drove in a run while Butcher and Swingle each had hits.
Arizona Western's Lady Matadors took game two, 14-0 in five innings. Western's starter Shaylee Yellowhair gave up just one hit, a Swingle single, and struck out eight Pirates.
Butcher took the loss for P.C., giving up 19 hits.
"Yes, we had the advantage of 43 more games played, but they had the extra practice and some extra adrenaline for finally getting on the field," Arizona Western coach Nikki Bethurum said.
NWAACC North standings
(as of April 5)
Skagit Vly. 0-0
* note: all records are nonconference marks
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.