After a couple tough losses, the Minarets Mustang softball team (1-3), beat the Hoover Patriots 12-11 March 18, with the winning run being scored on a Hoover wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning.
It was the first game of the season that the team had it’s complete team on the field after basketball players Kalea Kamalani, Patricia Thomasian, and Delaney Reardon returned from playoffs.
With limited practice time Kamalani pitched the Minarets into the win column. It was a close game as Hoover jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and the Mustangs came back to score four in the second.
The Mustangs trailed going into the final inning, but were able to tie the game at 11 each. With the bases loaded with two outs, Thomasian scored on a wild pitch to win the game.
Before Hoover, the Mustangs lost their first three games of the season by a combined score of 45-2: 7-1 to Immanuel, 18-1 to the Sunnyside Wildcats, and Mariposa 20-0.
Immanuel out hit the Mustangs 12 to 4 with Baily Avina taking the loss. Catcher Aurora Middleton, third baseman Samantha Waag, and Avina had hits for the Mustangs.
Avina took the mound again against Sunnyside giving up 14 hits. With 29 at bats in the seven innings, the Wildcats scored two in the first, five in the second, four in the third, and seven in the fourth to crush the Mustangs.
The Mustangs took another pounding by their neighbor to the north, Mariposa as the Grizzles showed Minarets why they are undefeated in the new season, exploding for 13 runs in the first inning. Pitcher Kaylnne Moglia took the loss for the Mustangs.
The Grizzles had nine hits, including an over-the-fence grand slam in the fourth inning. Mustang pitchers hit six Mariposa batters and gave up four bases on balls.
With stellar pitching by junior Leah Lafata and sophmore Violet Matlock the two Grizzles pitches combined for a one hitter against Minarets.
Before the basketball players joined the team, coach Ginny Taylor was forced to play several players out of their normal positions, and two freshman were brought up to the varsity to fill spots.
Following the Mariposa loss, outfield coach Angela Mendoza, a former player from CSU Stanislaus, joined the team as an assitant coach. The loss of Avina on the mound due to an injury will force Kamalani to throw the majority of innings until Avina retuns.