Lindsay tops Strathmore 22-11
Nearly every single softball player on the Lindsay High School lineup crossed home plate and scored in the team’s 22-11 five-inning rout of rival Strathmore in Tuesday’s East Sequoia League game at home.
It wasn’t so much that the Cardinals’ had hot bats, but that they capitalized off of the Spartans’ 14 errors and had smart at-bats to reach base on seven walks.
“I thought it went much better than we’ve been playing lately,” first-year LHS head coach, Roger Gonzales said. “The girls were really focused on getting the win. It’s a rivalry for us, so they were focused on getting the win. And we just came here ready to swing the bats and hoping we can shut them down.”
Having the best day at the plate for either team was Lindsay third baseman, Isabelle Sanchez, who went 2-for-2 with two home runs and four RBIs. The sophomore reached on all five of her at-bats and also scored four runs.
“Two home runs today and then she also hit a home run [against] Porterville a couple games ago, so she’s swinging the bat great right now,” Gonzales said. “We’re looking for more out of her for the rest of the way.”
Lindsay’s offense was dominating, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning to jump out to a 7-2 lead. Their bats were quieter in the second, where they only scored one run but after giving up six runs to Strathmore in the third to tie the game at 8-all, the Cardinals’ bats took over for good.
Sanchez started things off with a lead-off home run and Lindsay (5-8, 2-4 ESL) went through the whole lineup before Strathmore (2-10, 0-5 ESL) finally got the Cardinals off the bases. But the damage was done with a nine-run half inning in which Sanchez and her teammate, sophomore Bianca Cabrera, scored twice. However, only three of those runs were earned.
“We’re young,” SHS head coach Martin Hernandez said. “Like you said, we’re freshmen and sophomores. We have more of that then the upperclassmen. So it’s all an experience, basic mental errors. But we’re working on it. We’ll get better.”
Strathmore scored three runs in the fifth but it wasn’t enough to continue the game after Lindsay tacked on five more runs in the fourth for the mercy rule ending.
Also hitting well for the Cardinals was junior Klaryssa Perez, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Both Cabrera and sophomore Leah Natera scored three runs each for the team.
Lindsay junior, Arianna Uribe, got the win on the mound after pitching a complete game. She allowed 11 runs — eight earned — on 11 hits, 10 walks and one hit batter.
“We started the season with no pitcher,” Gonzales said. “So she took the job with great attitude and no experience, and she’s been on the job training so to speak. We’re just pleased with her getting us some strikes and getting some outs. She’s getting better, every game she’s getting a little bit better. Alls we can do is just ask her to give us an effort and hopefully it works out in our favor.”
Strathmore senior Makayla Trujillo took the loss in the circle after giving up 22 runs on 10 hits, seven walks, seven hit batters with two strikeouts. At the plate, Trujillo went 3-for-3 with a 3-run home run, a double and five RBIs.
“Makayla’s doing real well in pitching,” Hernandez said. “She’s putting the ball in play so we can make the outs, but then we make those mental mistakes. But other than that, we’re doing real well. I’m happy.”
Offensively, sophomore Belinda Marcial also went 3-for-3 but had two runs scored and a RBI.
The Spartans continue ESL play Thursday with a 4 p.m. game at Corcoran (8-4, 5-0 ESL). The Cardinals pick up ESL play, next Tuesday at home with a game against Lindsay.
Monache High School softball defeated Delano 21-1 in Tuesday’s East Yosemite League game at home.
Both Kailyn Castle and Evette Mendoza went 3-for-4 for the Marauders.
“I was really happy with my team,” MHS head coach Dave Koontz said. “They played very good defense. Lot of good hits.
“But I was really happy with my two pitchers,” he added. “I think they’re starting to get comfortable. Starting to figure it out. No longer deer in the headlights, they’re getting more confident in their pitching and it’s starting to show."