May 3, 2011
Granite Bay, new coach search for their turning-point moment

First-year Granite Bay High School girls softball coach Michele Granger, the former Cal and Olympic star, says the hardest part of coaching is "teaching kids how to win."

There was no better example than the Grizzlies' 10-7 loss to No. 11 Whitney on Friday.

The Grizzlies played the first few innings as if they had never touched a softball before -dropping flies, missing grounders, throwing balls away in spotting the Wildcats an 8-0 lead through the first three innings.

Behind a triple and home run by senior Karina Muniz and three hits from sophomore Paige LeBeau, Granite Bay outplayed Whitney the rest of the way.

"If we were able to come all the way back, then that would have been a turning point," Granger said. "That's what this program is searching for right now: Our turning-point moment."

- Bill Paterson

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