Socorro softball splits with Hot Springs

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The last time Hot Springs hosted the Lady Warriors, Socorro was victorious in the first game 23-18.

The second game was called in the fourth inning due to lack of sunlight, and the score was 7-3 in Socorro’s favor. However, according to New Mexico Activities Association rules, the game must go five innings in order for it to be official.

The Lady Warriors split the contests as they won the first game 13-9, but lost the second game 21-9 due to errors.

The night began at the top of the fifth inning with the score at 7-3 Socorro. Both teams held each other as the only hits for Socorro came from Maria Alderete and Hope Moses, as they hit a triple and single, respectively. Two Hot Springs players were struck out by Jazmin Williams-Ortega, and another popped up.

In the sixth inning, Hot Springs held Socorro to just one run. The first two Hot Springs batters returned to the dug out when Williams-Ortega fired the pitches that delivered strikeouts.

Socorro’s last bat pulled them ahead with a hit up the middle from Alderete for a double. Natalie Paz then drove one past the third base line and scored Alderete. Moses belted one to center field and scored Paz, and Moses stole home.

Socorro’s Ashley Pyke hammered the ball to center field and scored Paz. Faith Padilla then hit past short, allowing Pyke to steal home. Socorro was victorious 13-9.

Hot Springs drew first blood as it put a run on the scoreboard in the first inning. Socorro answered back when Moses bashed the ball to right field and scored Alderete.

Pyke pounded the ball past second base and scored Moses. Padilla also pummeled the ball past short and scored Pyke. The Lady Warriors were up two with a score of 3-1.

Later, Hot Springs scored five runs in the fifth inning while Socorro only managed to add two to the scoreboard; Hot Springs led 18-9.

In the sixth, the Lady Tigers brought in three additional runs while Socorro’s last bat was fruitless as Hot Springs won 21-9.

The Lady Warriors are the No. 14 seed in this weekend’s state tournament and will face Bloomfield 4 p.m. Friday, May 9.