FAIRFIELD — Big hits and big innings have been few and far between for the Rodriguez High softball team this season.
The Mustangs had plenty of both on Friday – scoring three or more runs in three different innings with Melissa Eisen ripping a three-run double – in rolling to a 12-4 Monticello Empire League road win over Armijo.
“It’s always nice to score runs,” Rodriguez coach Tracy Cordes said. “We’ve been struggling in that area.”
On the flip side, it was a frustrating afternoon for the Indians (7-7, 4-5 MEL), who fell to the Mustangs (9-12, 5-5 MEL) 3-2 on Monday and led by the same score after three innings on Friday.
“It was one of those games we just didn’t have it,” Armijo coach Rick Newman said. “Rodriguez just came out and played. Rodriguez outplayed us.”
Lauren Riddle put the visitors up 2-0 with a two-run single in the top the first inning that plated Julie Lopez and Cassidy Lanza.
The Indians responded by opening their half of the first with consecutive hits by Destiny Blueford, Alexandra Azzopardi, Kelsey Bomar and Jessica Miller.
Bomar singled in Blueford and Bomar and Miller came around when Mariah Kalamaras hit a dribbler down the first base line and first baseman Ciara Bell dropped the ball while attempting to apply the tag.
Little went right for the Indians after that, though Kalamaras threw a strike to the plate from the center field to nail Eisen, who was trying to score on a single up the middle by Lanza in the top of the third.
Rodriguez took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the fourth when Lopez singled in Amie Perkins, Eisen plated Destiny Campbell with a sacrifice fly and Lopez scored on a throwing error.
The Mustangs then took command with five runs in the top of the fifth, all of it starting after there were two outs and no one on base.
Halle Sullivan walked and scored from first on a double to left field by Perkins. After a walk to Campbell, Perkins scored on a single by Lopez and a bobble in the outfield.
Brenna Mitchell drew a walk to load the bases, setting the table for Eisen, who lined a double to the wall in the left center field, sending everyone home.
Rodriguez added another run in the sixth when Riddle scored on a wild pitch before Armijo stopped the bleeding with a run in the bottom of the inning as Bomar came home on wild pitch.
Eisen scored the final run of the game in the top of the seventh and Mitchell retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning for the complete game. The senior right-hander scattered eight hits, striking six with no walks.
Blueford took the loss, going 4 2-3 innings with three strikeouts and six walks.
Armijo hosts league-leading Vacaville on Wednesday, while Rodriguez is at Vintage.
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