Lady Warrior ‘Senior Night’ complete with district win

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The seniors on the Lady Warrior Softball team will remember senior night because they were honored by fellow players, coaches and fans, but also because they beat Hot Springs High School in their double header to start district play.

The Lady Warriors easily rolled by Hot Springs 22-7 and 16-11 respectively.

The Hot Springs pitcher struggled against the Lady Warriors as the bottom of the first inning began when she walked several Socorro batters. To make matters worse, when Socorro hit the ball, they advanced players on the bases and brought in numerous runs.

“The girls had good concrete hits, and they went through the line up several times,” coach Belinda Sandoval said. The game was pretty much decided at that point with the score 16-0.

In the second inning, Hot Springs managed to score a run at their next bat, and held any Lady Warrior attempts. Additionally, in the third inning, Hot Springs capitalized on a few hits over second base and Socorro errors as they scored six more runs. There were two pickle situations that the umpires called in favor of Hot Springs. But then Hope Moses secured out number three when she made an awesome ESPN diving catch “girl style” at short stop to end Hot Springs’ run.

Socorro sealed their victory at the bottom of the third inning when they answered back with six more runs. The umpire called the came implementing the mercy rule with a final score of 22-7.

Socorro came out strong to start the second game shutting down Hot Springs’ first attempt at bat. The same combination of walks by the Hot Springs pitcher, and Socorro hits, gave the Lady Warriors an early advantage 3-0. Once again defensive plays by Jasmin Williams, Hope Moses and Nancy Silva barred Hot Springs from any hope of getting on the scoreboard.

Natalie Paz and Ashley Pyke both garnered triples that brought in two more runs that tallied the score at 5-0 at the bottom of the second inning. The game almost looked like a repeat of the first game, but Hot Springs fought back and posted three more runs that kept them alive.

Savannah Padilla brought in two more runs when she hit the ball to left field in the fourth inning. Socorro was still on top 7-3. Inning number five proved to be exciting as Hot Springs came back on a hitting streak as they scored three more runs. It was evident that the game would go the full seven innings. But Socorro had a hitting rally up their sleeve as their rock-hard hits added five more runs. The Lady Warriors maintained their lead 12-6.

Hot Springs last chances at bat registered three and two more runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings respectively. However, the Hot Springs defense was not strong enough to stop Socorro’s own hitting streak as the Lady Warriors came back with four more runs that ended the game. The final score reported 16-11.

Senior leaders Savannah Padilla had five Ks for the night, while Nancy Silva had the hits and the wheels as she had the game’s only infield home run. In fact the whole team had solid hits and stole several bases.

“There were a couple of instances when we lost focus, but our strong bats kept us alive,” Sandoval said. Faith Padilla received some playing time behind the plate and made some good grabs to protect the diamond. “Padilla works with the pitchers and catchers and continues to materialize as an additional asset to the team,” Sandoval said.