The Oceanside High School softball team completed its most successful season in recent memory with a powerful playoff run that ended in the Division III semifinals.
The Pirates, who finished 18-10-1 record, won three playoff games and were one game away from their third appearance in the CIF finals in school history before losing to Mar Vista, 5–2, at Sportsplex USA in Poway.
Against the Mariners, shortstop Samarah Martinez drove in a run, scoring Namie Fuimaono who walked, giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning before surrendering the advantage in the bottom of the inning. Shaylene Fuimaono, Jordan Belew, and Polynesia Tuise’e each had singles for OHS.
Before getting to the semifinals, the Pirates used their bats to bludgeon, both Bishop’s (11-4) and Coronado (17-6).
Oceanside used a 10-run fifth-inning barage in their last home game of the season to defeat the Knights. Tuise’e hit a grand slam HR and Belew added a two-run shot to cap off the pivotal fifth. Shaylene Fuimaono nearly hit for the cycle. going 3-for-3 with a double and triple, driving in two runs, and stealing four bases. Martinez had a pair of doubles, while Ashley Tuggle (2 RBI) and Julia Ceballos both had two hits.
After a long trip over the Coronado Bridge, the Pirates turned in the season’s best hitting performance of the season against the Islanders, No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
Shaylene Fuimaono went 5-for-5 with three singles, five RBIs and two stolen bases. Ceballos had four hits and five RBIs. Martines had three hits, while Namie Fuimaono had two hits and two stolen bases. Belew drove in two runs for the Pirates.