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Vikings trip Desert Christian

March 27, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

HOLTVILLE — Taking advantage of a young team Tuesday, Holtville High's girls softball team turned back Desert Christian of Bermuda Dunes 11-0 in a game that was halted in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

"It's hard to keep your intensity up," admitted the Vikings' Claudia Lopez, acknowledging the visiting Conquerors struggled because of their youth. Desert Christian boasts just one senior on the club and its batterymates are both freshmen.

The youthfulness showed as the Conquerors committed two errors in the field and the Desert Christian catcher allowed 10 passed balls, several of which scored Holtville runs.


"They've got a decent pitcher," Holtville coach David Rodgers said. Miranda Kreisler scattered nine hits.

Holtville's pitcher Lauren Huyler nearly hurled a perfect game. She did not allow a hit and the only base runner to get aboard did so in the fifth inning, when Huyler walked her on a 3-2 pitch. Otherwise, Huyler struck out eight in five innings, including three on called third strikes.

It took the Vikings a couple of innings to get going, but once they did, they kept hammering away. Holtville scored six runs in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Leading the Vikings was Marisela Valenzuela, who stroked a double and a single, driving in three runs.

Huyler pounded a pair of doubles, and Lopez and Jessica Young both had two singles. Josie Silva added a single base hit.

Lopez was particularly effective as she also walked her two other at-bats.

"I just wanted to get on base, and let someone else bring me in," Lopez said. Her teammates did just that as Lopez scored three of the Viking runs.

Holtville batted around in the third inning when the Vikings took a 6-0 lead. Young poked a one-out single to left and two passed balls moved her to third base. Lopez meanwhile walked and stole second. Both runners scored on Valenzuela's double to left.

Silva and Abril Moctezuma both drew walks to load the bases. Valenzuela stole home to make it 3-0, Silva scored on a passed ball and Huyler drove in the final two runs with a double to left.

Valenzuela drove in a run in the fourth inning with a routine groundout to shortstop and Silva drove in the team's eighth run with a single up the middle.

In the fifth, Huyler doubled down the left field line, took third on a passed ball and scored on another passed ball.

After Lopez ripped a base hit to right, Valenzuela drove in a run with a single up the middle. Lopez scored moments later on a passed ball for the final Viking run.

While Holtville won handily, Rodgers admitted the Vikings still need to work on their defense and their hitting. They face host Southwest at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

"Southwest is a much better team," Rodgers said.

Palo Verde 3, Calexico 0

BLYTHE — Calexico High's girls softball team managed just two hits in a 3-0 loss to host Palo Verde on Tuesday.

Cristina Rodriguez and Blanca Patino each collected a single.

Calexico (3-7 overall, 0-2 Imperial Valley League) holds an alumni game at 11 a.m. on April 6.

Marian Catholic 2, Southwest 0

Southwest 10, Madison 0

Montgomery 7, Southwest 3

Southwest 18, Lincoln 0

SAN DIEGO — Southwest High's softball team had mixed results Monday and Tuesday in the Madison Tournament here, beating Madison 10-0 and 18-0, and losing to Marian Catholic 2-0 and Montgomery 7-3.

Melissa Lerno, Melissa Frausto and Jessica Conway each had a hit against Marian and Diana Verdusco had two hits. Monica Lopez gave up three hits.

Lerno struck out seven and gave up just one hit in the win over Madison. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Niki Cordova, Frausto and Conway also each had a hit.

Lerno, Cordova and Stephanie Garcia all had hits against Montgomery.

Cordova had three hits, including a double and a grand slam against Lincoln. Frausto had three hits and Conway homered and singled. Patricia Enders had a double and a single.

Southwest (2-2 tourney) plays again at 1 today versus Our Lady of Peace.

Brawley 5, Our Lady of Peace 2

Brawley 3, Horizon 1

SAN DIEGO — Brawley Union High's softball team went 2-0 Tuesday in the Madison Tournament, beating Our Lady of Peace 5-2 and Horizon 3-1.

Erin Rutherford had two hits in the win over Our Lady of Peace.

Leighan Sudduth and Regina Horta both had two home runs against Horizon.

Brawley (3-1 tourney) plays again at 3 today at El Cajon in the tournament.

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