Lady Warriors fall to Bloomfield at state tourney

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Warrior pride paved the way for the Lady Warriors last Thursday as students and the community lined the streets and sent them off to the state softball tournament.

The team arrived in Bloomfield to discover, much to their surprise, that it would be playing on AstroTurf, something the Lady Warriors hadn’t played on before.

Socorro’s warmup was impressive, and the Lady Warriors carried that momentum into to the start of the game.

Socorro was no match, however, for Bloomfield’s power hitting as the Lady Warrior lost by ruling in the bottom of the third inning, 18-3.

At the top of the first inning, Socorro drew first blood as Maria Alderete’s hit over second base gave her out a single, but resulted in the first run of the game.

Natalie Paz was in the batter’s box, but when the Bloomfield pitcher threw a ball, Alderete took advantage. Alderete’s lead off forced Bloomfield’s pitcher to throw to first base. As the first basewoman turned to tag her, Alderete was already on her way to second.

The first basewoman then tried to throw her out at second, but the ball was overthrown to the outfield. Alderete continued her run toward third and never looked back as she stole home plate for the score.

Paz hit a grounder down the third baseline and managed a single. Hope Moses also hit to third and forced the defense to error, and the hit advanced Paz and awarded her with a single.

With two outs, Faith Padilla belted a pitch to center field and scored both Paz and Moses. Bloomfield then secured the third out.

Jazmin Williams-Ortega started on the mound for the Lady Warriors. Socorro took care of business defensively when two Bloomfield hits to Moses and Pyke secured the first and second outs, respectively. Bloomfield managed to score a run, but Socorro was on top 3-1.

The top of the second inning wasn’t productive, as Bloomfield secured three outs consecutively, and its turn at bat put the Lady Bobcats well ahead in the game.

Defensive errors and walks set up a grand slam that allowed Bloomfield to take the lead, 7-3. By the end of the inning, the Lady Bobcats added seven more runs and led 14-3.

At this point the game took a turn for the worse, and Socorro’s bats weren’t responsive. Moses replaced Williams-Ortega, but Bloomfield batted in eight more runs, and the game was called by ruling at the bottom of the third inning. Bloomfield won 18-3.