Though Tony Silveira is a former Marine, the first-year Mt. Carmel softball coach doesn’t have his players stand at attention.
Nonetheless, Silveira clearly has the Sundevils’ attention.
Mt. Carmel added to a strong start this season by dispatching Escondido 2-0 on Friday in a North County Tournament game behind junior Megan Leyva, who tossed a four-hit shutout and went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
The host Sundevils improved to 6-2. That’s in contrast to last year’s 11-12 record, short of the school’s high standards, which are highlighted by four straight San Diego Section Division II championships (2007-10).
“It’s always about discipline,” Silveira said. “Also, attention to detail and executing the game plan are always important. And, of course, we want to have fun.”
Leyva spearheads a young lineup that includes four sophomores and a freshman. To help indoctrinate the underclassmen, there are four section championship banners on the outfield fence.
“That means a lot to us,” said Leyva, who earned All-Palomar League honors last season. “We want to live up to that and try to win one for ourselves.”
For the seventh time in eight games this season, the Sundevils scored in the first inning through a combination of sophomore leadoff hitter Natalie Peters reaching base and coming home on a hit by Leyva. In this case, too, they did the same in the third.
“I love being able to start off the team in a good positive way,” said Peters, a second-year varsity member, who finished 2-for-3.
Kayla Krantz had two hits to lead Escondido (4-6). The Cougars stranded three runners in scoring position.