Lady Highlanders edge Raiders in back-and-forth game

By Yaresly Sanchez
La Habra Journal

La Habra and Sonora softball seesawed for the lead in their rival conference match on Thursday, but a single RBI sealed the Highlanders close 11-10 victory.

In their last match-up on April 18, Sonora claimed a 3-2 win over La Habra. The Highlanders triumph over their neighboring rivals yesterday pushed them through for a first place tie in the Freeway League alongside Sunny Hills, bringing their overall record to 17-5, 6-2.

The Raiders saw the match slip away after fielding errors in the fifth inning gave up five runs, something the Highlanders were quick to take advantage of.

“We’ve got a lot of respect for what they do on that side of town, but today my ladies hung tough,” said Sonora Head Coach Kevin Helms. “We were resilient, we persevered and we came out with a big win.”

The Highlanders managed to earn nine RBI’s throughout the course of the match, while collectively earning 11 runs off of their 31 at bats, while Sonora rallied close behind with 10 runs in 35 at bats.

La Habra got the ball rolling early after a five-run first inning gave the Highlanders a quick lead.

But Sonora was quick to answer back in the top of the second inning when the Raiders drove in five runs of their own, with third baseman Bella Mauries leading the team after driving in three RBI’s.

The Raiders saw a five-point deficit twice throughout the course of the game, however, their efforts were too late to get them ahead the second time.

A double by Mackenzie Shaw closed out the point deficit, while a ground ball by Mauries brought in the final RBI of the match before the Highlanders tossed the final out.

Despite a late rally not going in favor of the Raiders this time, Head Coach Michelle Rodriguez said the match offered a huge benefit going into conference play.

“I couldn’t ask for more from this group of girls,” Rodriguez said. “They showed a fight and came back both times. It was a really good game for us to have going in to the playoffs.”

Sonora and La Habra will wrap up the regular season next week, with CIF play approaching, but despite having to split the victories between them, Helms said the rivalry between the teams fuels a bigger momentum.

“This battle is timeless,” Helms said. “We do need to close out our season, and get ready for CIF.”

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.