Lady Raiders take down Hawks

By Yaresly Sanchez
La Habra Journal

In the midst of putting any pressures behind them, Sonora varsity softball was able to come off the field with a 6-4 victory over the El Dorado Hawks yesterday.

Sonora sophomore Hope Warner connects in the second inning during the Raiders’ 6-4 victory yesterday.(Photo by Kathryne Padilla-Torres)

The Raiders (4-2) saw a close game against the Hawks as the game seesawed between both teams for the lead, but Sonora Head Coach Michelle Rodriguez said the team was well prepared for any challenges.

“Even though the season is fairly young, we’ve been in two tight games that were actually a lot closer than this and I think we’ve learned from that and really trusted our offense and our pitchers to not freak out and feel that pressure,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve been there before so that experience is huge.”

The game took a positive turn early in the first inning when Maddie McNally scored the first run of the game off an RBI coming off the bat of Bella Mauries.

The Raiders weren’t planning on quitting there.

The bats were hot at the Sonora diamond after the Raiders tacked on an extra three points in the second inning when Hope Warner pushed forward an RBI while Ariana Ramirez doubled to bring the Raiders up three points.

Warren and McNally had an eventful evening at their home field after they both recorded some points to their individual statistics.

McNally scored twice as the game progressed in the favor of the Raiders, while Warner recorded one RBI and a run.

The Raiders kept their scoring heat going four innings in and pinned another two RBI’s in the fourth and fifth innings to push their point to six.

El Dorado proved to be a fierce competitor after they recorded four runs of their own, something Rodriguez said the teams strong offensive play gave the Raiders one leg up.

“Even though we gave up a lot of runs on our pitching, offense kept us in the game, we were able to have the pitchers still feel comfortable and not feel the pressure with what was going on today,” Rodriguez said.

The Raiders were able to come secure another win early in the season, but Rodriguez said the team still has room to improve.

“We work on everything. Just the mental part of our game, we continue to throw strikes being productive and getting those base hits when people are on,” Rodriguez said. “We’re never done.”

Sonora will next travel to Santa Ana to face Godinez in a neutral match for the Fullerton Tourney on March 13 at 4:30 p.m.

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