Thursday, April 22, 2010

Socorro Softball Team Bounces Back To Rout Hot Springs 14-4

By Nicky Romero
For The Mountain Mail

The Socorro softball team (9-9, 1-2) broke a three game losing streak and won its first district game 14-4 against the Hot Springs Lady Tigers (0-15, 0-3) on Tuesday, April 20.
Coach Gary Apodaca said, “I'm enjoying the win, but we didn't win with authority. With the talent we have right now, we should be able to beat a team like this hands down without them scoring any runs, without steals, without mental errors.”
The game went five innings shortened by the 10-run rule. Socorro scored eight runs in the first inning, aided by nine walks. Kristen Gonzales singled to right field and brought in the first run of the game. Brittany McDaniel then had two RBI, one on a wild pitch and the other on a sacrifice to leftfield.
Still in the first and two out, Socorro had the bases loaded and Maureen Trujillo hit a fly ball to center field that was dropped. The drop scored three unearned runs for a 7-0 lead. Trujillo later scored on a wild pitch giving Socorro a huge 8-0 lead.
Pitcher Trujillo kept Hot Springs' batters in check with five strikeouts and was helped by the defense behind her. Hot Springs managed to score two runs in the second inning and one run each in the fourth and fifth innings. Catcher Amberli Benavidez had a good game by keeping runners on base and threw out two runners.
The Lady Warriors finished off Hot Springs in the fifth by scoring four runs. Vanessa Jojola reached first on a single and Gonzales walked. McDaniel got credit for the two RBI on two wild pitches and eventually walked. Gino Rico hit a single to left field and scored McDaniel. Danielle Valadez beat out an infield hit and brought in Rico for the winning run.
Socorro lost 26-25 to the host Hatch Valley Lady Bears on Friday, April 16. They scored a total of 16 runs in two separate innings and still came up short.
Socorro fell behind after two innings by the score of 6-5. Socorro came back and scored eight runs in the top of the third. Hatch (9-3, 2-0) matched them with eight runs of their own in the bottom of the third and still leading by one run.
Socorro kept battling back the whole game trying to stay close to pick up their first district win. It came down to the seventh inning when Socorro came back from a 22-17 deficit.
The Lady Warriors scored eight more runs for a 25-22 lead. But in the bottom of the inning, Hatch scored four runs for the win. Hatch's Shelbey Carson hit deep to the right-center field gap to score two RBI and the winning run.
Maureen Trujillo led Socorro in hitting with five singles. Vanessa Jojola went 3 for 4 with three singles. Brittany McDaniel hit 3 singles and was 3 for 6. Gina Rico went 3 for 5 with a double and 2 singles. Chantilly Gallegos hit three singles and was 3 for 5. Kristen Gonzales was a perfect 2 for 2, with 2 singles.
Socorro's next game is against Cobre Fridy, starting at 4 p.m.

Pictured: Socorro’s Vanessa Jojola is forced out at second base Tuesday at Hot Springs, but the Warriors still had no problem rolling to the victory.

Photo by John Severance

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