Sweet retribution

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The Lady Warriors softball team ran all over Laguna at their second showing on April 6 as Laguna was mercy ruled both games 16-1 and 29-13 respectively.

The Lady Warriors came out like a hitting machine, and they never stopped as they went through their lineup in the first and third innings. They proved that they can play as a team, and that their previous showing in Laguna was not an effort reflective of their true game. In fact, everyone received playing time.

“We were too emotional the first time we played them,” senior Nancy Silva said.

Each Socorro player averaged either a single, double or base on balls for both games. In addition to their hitting, they had solid defense and stole a number of bases.

“I made offensive, defensive and lineup changes that I think the girls are comfortable with,” said coach Belinda Sandoval.

The second game featured Jaedin Gutierrez getting additional mound practice. It seemed that the start of Game 2 would set Socorro back as Laguna was up 6-1 due to Socorro errors at the top of the first inning. At Socorro’s first bat, a Mariah Zamora RBI brought in Faith Padilla and moved around Ashley Pyke and Nancy Silva. Sarah Urias’ hit to third forced Laguna to error big as her hit not only gave her a single, but scored Pyke, Silva and Jasmin Williams. A hit to the pitcher by Aracely Alderete and more Laguna throwing errors would allow Urias to tie the ballgame 6-6.

Laguna answered back with six more runs at the top of the second and third innings, bringing the score to 12-6. At the bottom of the third, Socorro came back to jump ahead by two runs as they went through their lineup. Padilla took advantage of a dropped third strike and was safe at first. Maria Alderete hit a solid line drive up the middle that brought in Padilla and garnered a double.

Later, Savannah Padilla wore one for the team and was replaced by Urias. Zamora hit another single to left field that brought in Pyke and Urias. Williams moved Zamora to second with her single while Silva’s hit to center allowed Zamora home. Maria Alderete brought in the last two runners, Silva and Williams, as the umpire called the game per the mercy rule. The final score was 29-13.

Pitcher Savannah Padilla had 10 strikeouts for the day.

“Everything really just came together for us, and all the girls just made solid contact with the ball,” Sandoval said.

The Lady Warriors will scrimmage the Valencia Jaguar JV before their district opener with T or C.