Lady Warriors make good showing at Hot Springs tournament
Socorro vs. Mesilla Valley JV
The Socorro Lady Warriors placed fourth in the Hot Springs High School softball tournament during spring break on March 14-16.
First up for the Lady Warriors was Mesilla Valley JV. Socorro pitcher Savannah Padilla walked the first batter, No. 22 Taylor Brown of Mesilla Valley, but then sat down No. 1 Rebekah Douglas.
The Lady Warriors completed out No. 3 when No. 7 Andrea Hogsett of Mesilla Valley hit the ball to Socorro’s Ashley Pyke, who then relayed the ball to teammate Jasmin Williams.
The Lady Warriors’ leadoff hitter, Maria Alderete, hit the ball to advance to first base, but it was Hope Moses who put the Lady Warriors up 2-1 when she brought herself and Alderete in with an infield home run by Mesilla Valley errors by a throw from third to first base.
Eighth-grader Faith Padilla made her Lady Warrior debut when her power hit shook up Mesilla Valley defense. Mesilla Valley overthrew first base, and Padilla continued on to second where they picked her off, but not before she garnered a two-run RBI by bringing in Mariah Zamora and Ariana Garcia.
Socorro up 4-1
The next couple of innings were unfavorable as Mesilla Valley scored four more runs on Socorro errors, but the Lady Warriors would manage to add one to their own tally, tying the game 5-5.
Both teams continued to hit the ball, advanced their runners and caused errors that awarded them with additional runs scored at home plate as the ball game was tied 7-7 at the bottom of the fifth inning.
Mesilla Valley added another two runs on Socorro errors that put them up 9-7 at the top of the sixth inning. It was at this point Socorro would battle to stay alive. Moses cracked the ball down the third base line for a triple followed by base on balls by Lady Warrior pitcher Savannah Padilla.
Zamora also earned a two run RBI when she brought in Moses and Padilla bringing the Lady Warriors back 9-9. Mesilla Valley’s last bat would be the point that the lead and the ballgame would sneak out of Socorro’s hands as the final score was 12-9.
This was the Lady Warriors’ second ballgame of the season, and although Socorro’s errors were the causing factor that allowed the game to slip through their hands, there were a lot of positives.
Coach Belinda Sandoval said her team “has a lot of experience” coming back from Moses, Padilla, Pyke, Zamora, Alderete, Nancy Silva and Natalie Paz. Eighth-grader Padilla swings a good bat, Sandoval said, and as Williams connects, she will definitely contribute to the team’s success.
Socorro vs. Hatch Valley
The next game for the Lady Warriors was against Hatch Valley, but since the previous game ended early due to the mercy rule, the results reported begin at the bottom of the third inning with a score of 13-1 Lady Warriors.
However, fans said that Lady Warrior Moses started the first inning with a great double hit. Socorro would also close out the game by the mercy rule as they ran away with the game 15-1 in four innings.
The fourth inning started when a Hatch Valley player hit the ball to shortstop Moses. Moses scooped it up and effortlessly fired it to Jasmin Williams for the first out. Out No. 2 was a repeat, but this time Ashley Pyke knocked it down and tossed it again to Williams. Mariah Zamora grounded to second base for Socorro’s first out. Williams’ hit to Hatch’s shortstop resulted in a triple grounder followed by a base on balls by Sarah Urias. Pyke cranked the ball over the left fielder, which brought in Williams and Urias and completed the game with Socorro victorious over Hatch Valley.
Socorro vs. Deming
The Lady Warriors had a tough day of softball Saturday morning as their opponent was the 5A Deming Wildcats. Deming drew first blood, putting up a run on the scoreboard in the first inning on a controversial call in favor of the Wildcats.
With two outs and a runner on third base, a Deming player hit the ball to left fielder Alderete. Alderete burned it in to Pyke to Williams for out No. 3. In the meantime the runner on third ran on her own incident home for the score.
Coach Sandoval argued with the umpire that Socorro secured the out before the run counted. The run stayed on the book. The score was still 1-0 Deming at the end of the third inning.
Errors and missing players contributed to Deming’s lead in the fifth inning as Deming pulled ahead 4-0.
“We missed experience in the outfield as Nancy Silva was absent from the game, as well as hitter Faith Padilla,” Sandoval said.
In the fifth inning, Aracely Alderete hit a big double to center field. In the sixth inning Moses and Savannah Padilla occupied first and second base, respectively. Natalie Paz then hit a grounder straight toward the pitcher, advancing Moses, and brought in Padilla for Socorro’s only run. The game ended 8-1 with Deming on top.
“We had a lot of doubles that we capitalized on, as well as the ability to steal bases,” Sandoval said.
She said that the season is still early, and “we will have to continue to work on fundamentals and making contact with the ball.”
The Lady Warriors are coming together and learning to support and trust each other, she said.
“We’ll be all right,” she said.