Mustangs top Indians in regular season softball finale

By From page B1 | May 08, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The game that had everything did not have a walk-off.

It was Senior Night at Laurel Creek Park as the Rodriguez and Armijo high school softball teams met for the last time in the Monticello Empire League play for 2014. After a 7-4 deficit, the Indians clawed back to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and tied the game at 7-7 in the sixth before the Mustangs scored three in the top of the seventh to win 10-8, Wednesday.

Rodriguez (13-14, 8-7 MEL) began the top of the seventh with Destiny Campbell reaching second on an overthrow to first base. At the top of the order, Julie Lopez singled to right and ended upon second on another over throw from the Indians (9-11, 4-11 MEL), moving Campbell to third.

On a 1-1 pitch, the next batter, Brenna Mitchell, tripled to right, scoring Campbell and Lopez. Melissa Eisen then singled in Mitchell, giving the Mustangs a 10-7 advantage.

Destiny Blueford eventually pitched her way out of the inning as she struck out three of the next four batters, ending her complete game with five strikeouts and two walks.

After a lead-off pop-out, the Indians’ Jessica Miller singled to right. Mariah Kalamaras reached on a fielder’s choice, getting Miller out at second base for the second out. After Kalamaras advanced to second on a passed ball, Vanessa Penella reached on an over throw to first from third, scoring Kalamaras.

The last out of the game was a close call at first as Rodriguez’ Amie Perkins threw a rocket to first, getting Janece Williams.

“A win is a win,” Mustangs coach Tracy Cordes said. “I’m happy about the comeback. They didn’t give up and never thought that they could not do it.”

Armijo coach Rick Newman said it was an exciting game and both teams came out to play.

“A loss is never good, but I still had a smile on my face for the way they played and came back,” Newman said.

The Indians finish fifth in the MEL, while Rodriguez finished third. The Mustangs begin the Sac-Joaquin Section Division playoffs Tuesday in an outbracket game at Modesto Metro Conference runner-up Enochs of Modesto.

Marcus Lomtong


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