The Minarets Mustangs softball team (6-10, 1-2 West Sequoia League) beat the Fresno Christian Eagles last week 15-0. The Eagles are in a rebuilding year and have struggled scoring this season.
The Mustangs, still searching for some consistency, took out their frustrations on the Eagles by collecting a season high 12 hits. Senior Alex Jimenez went 3 for 3 in the game including a triple and a double. Pitcher Baylee Avina recorded the win while going 2 for 2 at the plate, including a double.
Samantha Waag went 2 for 2, collecting three RB’s. German exchange student Demi Proepper, who had never picked up a softball before this year, saw playing time in the field and enjoyed a couple trips to the plate.
The tables were turned when the Mustangs traveled to Caruthers on April 16 to take on the Blue Raiders (13-8). After two scoreless innings, the Mustangs plated two runs in the third after Kelea Kamalani singled to right field. she stole second base, and Jimenez sacrificed her to third. Junior Patricia Thomasian drove in Kamalani with a single to left field.
Minarets gave up three runs in the bottom of the frame. After back to back walks with no outs, Caruthers loaded the bases with an error, and went on to score three runs.
Things only got worse for the Mustangs as the wheels came off any way they could - with Minarets committing six more errors and giving up nine more runs. With the win the Blue Raiders moved into a tie with Fowler at 3-1, with Riverdale at 2-0 for first place in league standings.
At 2-1 the Mustangs will need to find answers quick if they are to stay in contention. The team travels to Parlier this week to take on the 10-12 Panthers. The Mustangs beat Parlier earlier in the season during tournament play, 10-0. Today Minarets will host the Redcats of Fowler in a 4 p.m. game the Mustangs must win to stay in the mix.