The Minarets Mustangs softball team (10-14, 2-6 WSL) traveled to Riverdale last week in hopes of up-setting the 24-5 Cowboys. Coach Bryan Close’s team is 7-0 in league and looking for another league title for Riverdale, soundly beat the Mustangs 11-0. . At 2-5 in league play
Kelea Kamalani took the mound for Minarets, who is hoping to salvage a D-VI playoff appearance, and was greeted with back-to-back-to-back hits as the Cowboys showed why they are undefeated in league. Kamalani’s defense didn’t help matters, as the Mustangs committed three errors in the opening inning.
The Mustangs surrendered another seven runs in the second as errors and hits mounted, throw in a hit bats men and the Mustangs trailed 11-0 after two innings. The team would tighten the defense up and hold the Cowboys scoreless in the last two frames but were mercied after five innings.
The Mustangs recorded three hits on the game, singles by Kamalani, Delaney Reardon, and Gianna Paolinelli.
Things improved for the Mustangs as they played at Fresno Christian, who was searching for its first win of the season. The Lady Mustangs had a season high 13 hits in the 17-3 win. Again Kamalani took the mound and held the Eagles to two hits in the win. Two Mustangs recorded doubles by Kamalani and Paolinelli, with Paolinelli going 3-4. Aurora Middleton had two RBIs with Kamalani recording three.
The Mustangs will play three home games this week against Caruthers, Riverdale, and its final home game against Parlier in which the Mustangs will recognize seniors Alex Jimenez and Sierra Osborn.
The team will make its final charge as they enter D-VI playoffs the following week. Minarets has played only two D-VI teams this season, a close loss to Farmersville as well as splitting two games with Parlier. Presently MaxPreps.com has the Mustangs ranked seventh in D-VI out of the 19 teams. Parlier is seeded fifth - a Mustangs win could leap frog Minarets into the top five in D-VI.