Orange Cove ends Mustang softball season

editorial@sierrastar.comMay 20, 2014 

The Minarets Mustangs softball (13-14, 6-4 WSL) Central Section D-VI play-off run came to an end May 16 with a 4-2 loss to Orange Cove (17-10, 10-2).

It was the Mustangs first appearance in the playoffs after a successful season with first year Coach Dave Maynez, after the team won just five games last season.

The winning pitcher was Destinee Estrada and the Mustang's Baylee Avina. Both teams had seven hits in the game.

After the Titans jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, Minarets came back as Eve Tovar led off the fourth with a double, followed by a bunt single by Sadie Kubiak. The Mustangs Lexi Cook then doubled in pinch runner Kelsey Burton to tie the score at one.

Minarets took a a 2-1 lead in the fifth with an Avina RBI.

The Titans put together three straight hits in the bottom of the sixth to load the bases with no outs. Another single just past third base and the Titans had the lead 3-2. A wild pitch made the score 4-2 Titans.

In the top of the seventh, Gunderson led off with a double but the Mustangs ended the inning without scoring. Before the Orange Cove game, the Mustangs opened playoffs with an 8-1 win over Farmersville.

Senior Kylinn Gunderson led the team going 3 for 4, with a single, double and triple. Alex Jimenez was 2 for 3 with a double, while pitcher Avina held the Aztecs to two hits, and did her part at the plate going 3 for 4 including a double. Although the Mustangs lose five seniors from this year's team (Christina Kieffer, Erika Ward, Kubiak, Gunderson and foreign exchange student Lina Rapp), a good JV group will move up to varsity next season. Coach Maynez was very successful taking a team that won only 5 games last season, nearly tripling their wins in his first year as head coach.

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