The Lady Warriors place second at Grants Invitational

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The Lady Warriors softball team placed second out of 10 teams at the Grants Invitational last weekend.

The Lady Warriors were to play Miramaya High School, but they withdrew from the tournament. Instead, Socorro played the Grants JV team. The bats worked for the whole team that day as Hope Moses had two triples, and Savannah Padilla got on base with two singles.

“The girls were a hitting powerhouse,” coach Belinda Sandoval said.

Sandoval also reported that everyone had playing time as “we had base hits, executed our bunt plays and stole bases.”

Padilla also struck out four players. Grants battled back with only three solid hitters, but the Lady Warriors defense kept them to two innings. Socorro easily beat Grants JV, 28-4, as the mercy rule was inflicted.

Next in bracket play for the Lady Warriors was Wingate. Maria Alderete started Socorro off with a triple that infected the rest of the lineup as the Lady Warriors proceeded to pound the ball at Wingate on her lead.

“Socorro almost went through the lineup hit after hit,” Sandoval said.

Ashley Pyke was 5-for-5 for the day with two doubles, one triple. Pyke also stole a few bases on bunts. Natalie Paz went 3-for-5 with two solid hits down short and also added an RBI to her stats.

Nancy Silva scored the only Socorro home run on a bunt play that capitalized on Wingate’s errors.

“The girls continued to consistently stop them with their tough defense,” Sandoval said.

The Lady Warriors created their lead in the first three innings. Wingate came back strong in the third inning as they scored six runs when a Wingate player hit a grand slam and knocked four runs in. The final score was 28-4 for the Warriors, once again winning by the mercy rule. The win put Socorro in the championship against Rehoboth Christian.

The Lady Warriors’ last battle was against Rehoboth Christian School for the Grants Invitational Championship.

Rehoboth Christian had a tight defense that challenged Socorro throughout the game, but specifically in the first two innings. By the end of the second inning Rehoboth led Socorro, 11-0, that included a grand slam.

“We made some key mental and fundamental errors that Rehoboth took advantage of,” Sandoval said.

Things started to look up in the third inning as Savannah Padilla struck out two players with her team backing her up with a solid double play as Rehoboth Christian only scored once. In the bottom of the fourth inning Padilla struck out two more, but their opponent scored six more runs and snagged the game and championship with a score of 21-2.

“It was a weekend of bad cold weather due to the winds that really took a toll on us by the end of the day,” Sandoval said. “But we did play some good softball.”

Faith Padilla hit a triple, Pyke hit some doubles and stole two bases, and Faith Moses added a single and an RBI. Pyke and Padilla made all-tourney.