FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Tyler Cribbs and the Special Olympics Southern California softball team set the tone Monday for the delegation.
Tyler had a big day at the plate in a 12-10 win over South Dakota, the first of two victories on the day at Celebration Park. The shortstop went 3 for 3 and scored three times. His RBI triple in a four-run opening inning got things started, and Team SOSC collected 16 hits in a back-and-forth contest.
“It’s always good to [get a win] and the team we played was great, too. The offense was going good,” said Tyler, who had four family members make the trip to watch the team.
SOSC second baseman Bryan Gordon added three hits of his own, including a first-inning home run.
The team’s bats stayed hot in its second game, a 26-2 win over Maryland.
SEATTLE, Wash. — The Lompoc High School basketball team kept the momentum going, posting a 31-18 victory over Wyoming later in the day at Marv Harshman Court in Alaska Airlines Arena.
Unified partners Jeffrey Ray and Walker Grossi combined for 13 of the team’s points, while SOSC athletes Tyler Rainwater and Satanna Chapman chipped in four points apiece — including baskets in both halves, respectively.
Coach Claudia Terrones was pleased with the team’s selfless play and effort to make the extra pass. She credited that to the “really close” friendships they’ve developed through being on the team.
“It’s one of those moments when you’ve been waiting for it for a while,” Coach Terrones said. “It’s super exciting for the athletes to be able to participate in a game like this.
“You can tell we had really good team chemistry.”
SOSC athlete Ashley Schroff has been thrilled with the experience to this point.
“It was fun,” she said. “We’re hardworking and had good teamwork.”
First Medals and More Results
The early Team SOSC internal medal count after the first day of competition looks like this: 2 golds, 2 silver and 3 bronze.
Jonathan Pierce put Team SOSC on the medal board — and won the delegation’s first gold of the Games — after winning his 200-meter freestyle race in 2:12.14.
SOSC claimed two of the three medals in the women’s Division F03 100-meter individual medley. Lisa Koskovich won the gold with a time of 1:33.05 and Christina Principe (1:45.79) took the bronze.
Lisa added to her medal collection with the victory. Earlier in the day, she earned the silver after finishing the 200-meter freestyle in 2:55.35.
Steven Espinoza rounded out the group, adding a bronze in the 50-meter breaststroke (44.74 seconds).
Athletics (Track and Field)
At the track, Team SOSC picked up two more medals in separate divisions of the 100-meter run. James Morrell took silver with a time of 14.52 seconds, while Anthony Rodela finished 0.11 seconds faster than Joshua Oakley of Connecticut to win the bronze.
Also of note, SOSC track athlete Brett Laza qualified for the high-performance 100-meter run final. The final will take place Friday at approximately 9:35 a.m. (subject to change) at Husky Track.
Here are the rest of the scores for Team SOSC on Day 1 of action:
- Jennifer Ali (SOSC) def. Joyce Cantor (Indiana), 12-0
- Debra Payne (Tennessee) def. Jennifer Ali (SOSC), 7-6
- Michelle Pence (SOSC) def. Tara Sanders (Wisconsin), 11-0
- Peggy Dixon (Nebraska) def. Amanda Maling (SOSC), 12-0
- Michelle Pence (SOSC) def. Leah Williams (Kansas), 11-1
- Dorothy Blanchette (Michigan) def. Amanda Maling (SOSC), 8-6
- Maya Patterson (South Carolina) def. Tina Phipps (SOSC), 12-1
- Mary Bailey (Tennessee) def. Tina Phipps (SOSC), 12-8
- Tyson Strobel: Shot a 47 to lead the pack through Round 1 in Level 4 play
- Kent Menendez: One shot off the lead, in a three-way tie for second, after shooting 79 through Round 1 in Level 5 play
- Kyle Aragon: Shot 119 in Level play
- Awaiting offical results to be posted
- Washington 4, Southern California 1
- Northern California 5, Southern California 1
- Washington 26, Southern California 12
- Texas 33, Southern California 22