Lady Warriors Softball still searching for right combination

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The first game of the softball season against Espanola brought a challenge of finding the right combination on the field due to the missing basketball players because of post-season play. Additionally, Coach Sandoval is still searching for a starting pitcher from her lineup. Nevertheless, the Sundevils beat the Lady Warriors 22 – 6 in the first game and 17 – 4 in the second game.

The Sundevils grabbed an early lead in the first inning 2 – 0, but No. 2 Hope Moses snagged a grounder and secured the third out. In the top of the second, Sundevil Trujillo was caught in a pickle when her teammate hit the ball past pitcher No. 10 Jaedyn Gutierrez, and was stopped by freshman second base No. 6 Micheala Gonzales. Gonzales threw it back to Gutierrez, Gutierrez to senior catcher No. 9 Natalie Paz, and No. 12 Mariah Zamora tagged her out again for the third out.

The Lady Warriors were scoreless until the bottom of the fourth until Moses’ hit to short secured a single, followed by her score when No. 1 Ashley Pyke’s hit to third base brought her in. Estancia lead 16 – 1, but Socorro started to show signs of life. With two outs, No. 4 Ariana Garcia brought in Pyke, and the huge poke to left fieldfrom No. 14 Aracely Alderete gave her an infield home run that scored Garcia and herself. Score 16-4 Espanola.

Two great defensive plays at the bottom of the fifth came when junior No. 13 Natamra Paz knocked down an Espanola player’s bunt, and threw to Pyke at first base. The next two outs repeated from this play except catcher No. 8 Faith Padilla hit Pyke for out two and three.

Defensive errors gave Moses’ bunt an infield home run that scored her and Zamora. The final score 22 – 6 Espanola.

Natamra Paz started as pitcher the second game. Socorro was quick to throw out three Sundevil players, and keep the batting momentum on their side. The eldest Paz hit over short, grabbed a single and moved to second base by Zamora, who was on first. Natalie hit to the pitcher for a double on defensive errors and scored her sister Natalie. No. 5 Maria Alderete hit a fly over short that scored Zamora and advanced Natamra to third. The score now 3 – 1 Socorro.

At the top of the second, Socorro came out defensively as Natalie thwarted a steal from first to second when she hit Moses for the first out tag. Moses, at short stop, snagged the last two hits and threw to Aracely at first, and ended the inning.

For the top of the third, Garcia replaced Paz at the mound, and struck out her first batter. Pyke caught two flies that would end the inning, but Espanola would take the lead 6 – 3.

In the bottom of the third, Moses hit a single, and Pyke secured a double. Padilla tripped as she ran to third, but Espanola errors kept her safe at third. Socorro had bases loaded on walks, but only added one run to the score.

In the top of the fifth, Socorro made some critical errors that gave up six runs to Espanola, but managed to get the third out. Socorro’s bat was not productive.

The Sundevils scored five more runs, and won the game 17 – 4.