Friday, April 30, 2010

Socorro Drops Four District Games

By Nicky Romero
For The Mountain Mail

Despite losing four games this week, the Socorro Lady Warriors softball team still has hope that it will receive a state tournament bid in the 16-team field in May. With two remaining road games at Hot Springs on Friday, April 30, the Lady Warriors' record overall is 9-13 and 1-6 in district play.
Coach Gary Apodaca said, “They're taking 16 teams and I think we're still somewhere in the mix, hopefully. We've played a couple of teams that are ranked sixth or seventh, like Laguna and we beat them three times. That should say something for us. And most of the teams we've lost to, other than in our district, have been 4A and 5A teams. It just depends what kind of push we get from our athletic director and the committee.”
Socorro did not help their cause on Friday, April 23, at Cobre. The Lady Warriors lost a double-header against Cobre, falling 12-1 amd 11-1.
In the first game, The Lady Warriors continued to drop fly balls and kick routine ground balls. Their only run scored was in the second inning on a sacrifice by Chantilly Gallegos scoring Brittany McDaniel from third.
Cobre did most of its offensive damage by scoring five runs in the second and four runs in the fourth.

In the second game, the Lady Warriors scored the first run of the game in the first inning. Two consecutive doubles by Kristen Gonzales and Courtney Edmister scored their lone run of the game.
Cobre came back big in the bottom of the first by scoring nine runs. Socorro gave up four walks and three errors in the inning.
Socorro played its last regular season games at home against Hatch Valley on Tuesday, April 27. This was the last home game for the following seniors: Amberli Benavidez,, Jocelyn Carmona, Courtney Edmister, Kristen Gonzales, Brittany McDaniel, Gina Rico, and Maureen Trujillo.
Socorro dropped two games to Hatch, who is in second place in the district, falling 15-11 and 13-9.
“It was a disappointing two losses,” said Apodaca. “I wish we could have won one of them. Sure, we hit a few home-runs, but even at that, those home-runs didn't make the difference in the game.”
Hatch scored one run in the first inning. Socorro scored three runs of their own in the first on an RBI single by Gonzales and a two-run homer by McDaniel.
Hatch regained the lead in the third by the score of 6-3. In the bottom of the inning, Socorro tied the score with two consecutive doubles---one by McDaniel and the other by Rico.
In the fifth inning, Hatch took the lead 11-6, the last two runs were unearned coming on passed balls. They added to their lead by scoring one run in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Socorro singled five times times during their last at bat for five runs, but it wasn't enough for a victory.
In the second game, Socorro scored first on a RBI double by McDaniel.
Hatch came back to score four runs in the second inning. Socorro got a run back this inning with a RBI singles by Trujillo.
In the third, McDaniel hit her second home-run of the day to left-center field and closed the gap to 4-3.
Hatch, though, had a seven-run fifth inning to put the game away. Edminster hit a home run in the sixth inning for Socorro.
Note: SHS Senior and starting pitcher Maureen Trujillo was spotlighted on the New Mexico Overtime Sports Center website this week. She received a position rating of four stars out of five.

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