Minarets softball team continues to improve

The Minarets Mustangs softball team (4-12, 0-3 West Sequoia League) is showing signs of life, putting pieces together in hopes of salvaging a season that was once filled with promise.

Injuries, along with lost players and coaches had the Mustangs returning to the drawing board, and bringing up JV in hopes of righting the ship before the season comes to a close.

The team is attempting to find consistency in the second half of the season and show themselves worthy of a run at the D-VI playoffs. With Dee Kamalani taking the reins, the program is gaining some ground as they defeated a developing Fresno Christian (2-9, 0-4 WSL) team 11-1 April 21. The Eagles have a team of talented athletes but lack a quality pitcher to support them.

Left fielder Faith Nolan was 3-for-3 with three singles on the day. Shortstop Patricia Thomasian was also 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while scoring twice. Delaney Reardon, playing third, went 2-for-3, including a two-run RBI double and scoring twice.

Liberty transfer Shelby Hershberger also collected two RBIs going 1-for-4 on the game. Pitcher/catcher Kaylynne Moglia went 2-for-4 for the Mustangs. Kalea Kamalani went 1-for-2 at the plate and scored three runs for Minarets.

Moglia started for the Mustangs and took over behind the plate with the Mustangs up 5-1 to earn the win. Moglia and Kamalani have been sharing duties in the circle as well as behind the plate. Kamalani relieved and held the Eagles in check. Kamalani got the Mustangs on the board with a headfirst slide in the top of the third to ignite a Mustangs offense that had been absent for much of the season.

With a freshman pitcher that has dominated the West Sequoia League this season, Minarets will need its best effort of the season against the Caruthers Blue Raiders (14-2-3, 5-0 WSL) this week.

Caruthers controls their own destiny for yet another league title. They shut out Minarets in the first meeting of the season April 7, easily winning 11-0. Caruthers is a well-coached team that scores big numbers and runs the bases better then any team in the league. The Blue Raiders look to be a lock for league champion, but the Mustangs have yet to play up to their potential.

The Mustangs will host Fowler (5-11-1, 2-2 WSL) May 3. In the teams’ first meeting April 12 the Redcats jumped on the Mustangs with five runs in the first inning and never looked back. Aided by four errors in the inning, the Mustangs are settling into their new positions and should be a much tougher opponent this time around. Hitting will be the key as the Mustangs have been improving with every outing.