By Aaron Valdez
After another mixed bag of a season, the Monrovia softball team is still in search of a winning formula to compete among the upper echelon of the Rio Hondo League.
The Wildcats had their fair share of good moments over the course of the season but were unable to qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The team struggled to find a rhythm and finished with an overall record of 8-10-1 and 4-8 in league action.
Monrovia managed to open their season winning four of its first five games with solid wins over La Salle, Shurr, Wilson and Alhambra. The team’s best win in league play came during the penultimate game of the season against San Marino, who finished third in the standings.
The Wildcat’s largest margin of victory was a 17-0 routing of South Pasadena in mid April. Seven players recorded at least one RBI that game as Sofia Arellano, Ashley Oliva, and Samantha Diaz led the charge with three, two and two, respectively.
The last time the Wildcats were in contention for the Rio Hondo League title was in 2015 when they finished one game behind La Canada who, lo and behold, won the title this year.