SHS softball team turns up heat

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The Socorro High School girls softball team busted out in a big way, beating Hot Springs High by mercy rule in the District 3-3A opener for both teams at Socorro’s Sedillo Park last Friday afternoon.

In a battle of winless teams, the host Warriors earned their long-awaited first win of the season with an offensive explosion they haven’t produced in several seasons.

T.S. Last/El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro third baseman Miriah Zamora prepares to take a throw in an effort to pick a Hot Springs runner off base during last Friday’s District 3-3A opener. The host Warriors won the game by mercy rule, 21-9.

“They played hard. They stuck it out,” SHS second-year head coach Belinda Sandoval said after the game. “We’re young and have a lot to learn, but they stuck it out and did a good job of hitting and played a lot more heads up.”

Hot Springs opened the game with a run in the first inning, but Socorro came back in the bottom half to take a lead it would never relinquish.

Socorro seemed to get more confident at the plate as the game went along and that was reflected in the score book. The Warriors scored three runs in the first, five in the second, six in the third and seven in the fourth.

DamiAna Contreras was the hitting star for Socorro, going 4-for-5 with two walks. Ashley Pyke also had four hits.

Meanwhile, Socorro pitcher Savannah Padilla kept Hot Springs at bay. She gave up 10 hits and struck out eight to earn a five-inning complete game victory.

“Savannah did well, keeping the momentum,” Sandoval said.

During the bottom of the fourth when the Warriors scored enough runs to put the mercy rule in effect, Padilla was struck on the ankle by an errant pitch. Though she limped off the field for a courtesy runner and back on to pitch the fifth, she stuck it out to the end.

“Savannah will not want to come out – ever,” Sandoval said. “She knows she’s our go-to pitcher.”

The bruise seemed to make the sophomore more determined. The fifth was her only shutout inning.

As the Warriors continued to add to their lead, coach Sandoval had the luxury of substituting freely. By the end of the game, every healthy player on the Socorro roster saw action.

The local girls enjoyed support from the home crowd. One player was heard to say she had never seen so many people in the stands.

The coach commented on it too.

“One thing I want to say is I appreciate all the support we had out here,” Sandoval said. “We know the parents are behind us. It’s nice to see a full set of bleachers and the parking lot full of cars. I appreciate it and I know the girls appreciate it too.”

The Warriors play their next game on Thursday at district favorite Silver High School.

 


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