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Eagles down Bulldogs 6-2

April 07, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

CALEXICO — Southwest High's softball team traveled here Friday and left with a win, knocking off the hosting Calexico High 6-2.

The Eagles played strong defense as they held Calexico scoreless through all but one inning.

Southwest pitcher Monica Lopez held Calexico to only four hits. The only Bulldog runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Olivia Burgos hit an RBI double. Burgos later scored thanks to an RBI single by Tanya Solano.

Southwest started the game with a run when P.J. Enders got an RBI single that scored Anna Alcazar.

Both teams had a mediocre second inning as the Eagles went three up and three down and the Bulldogs managed only four at-bats.

The Eagles took off in the third when they scored all the runs they would need to defeat Calexico.

Lauren Miramontes started the inning with a double and then scored when the next batter, Melissa Frausto, got a base hit that sent her home.


Frausto then scored when Alcazar got a hold of the ball and managed to round third base. Enders then hit an infield sacrifice and sent Alcaraz home to cap off scoring for the inning. The Bulldogs trailed 4-0.

Southwest capped off its scoring in the fourth inning when Danila Lizarraga and Miramontes were walked by Bulldog pitcher Jennifer Martinez. Frausto then stepped to the plate and sent the ball deep for a two-run triple, taking the Eagle advantage to 6-0.

The score would stay that way until the Bulldogs' two runs in the sixth.

Eagle coach Stephanie Niebla said she was pleased with the way Southwest played.

"This was huge," Niebla said of the victory. "We really needed a big win and everything just fell into place."

Niebla said good hitting on the part of the Eagles really helped their cause.

She also commended the play of seniors Miramontes and Mary Sanders.

"Mary really stepped things up," Niebla said. "She helped us out a lot."

Sanders said she was pleased with the victory as well.

"It's great," Sanders said. "I think we did an excellent job."

Sanders also said that good hitting was a vital part of the win.

She added windy conditions during the game made it difficult to field balls with the wind shifting them a bit.

Niebla added the win is a big confidence booster for the Eagles.

"We come back after spring break to face Central," Niebla said, adding the Eagles need some momentum going into the match with their rival.

The Eagles next face off in the Warhawk Easter Invitational Tournament in San Diego, which runs from Monday through Wednesday.

Calexico will next take the field at Yuma on Tuesday to take on the Criminals at 4 p.m.

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