Lone Pine Eagles batter Lucerne Valley Mustangs
riana Luque started the Eagles off with a double in the first inning. Note ball in upper left hand corner. Photo by Deb Murphy
The Lone Pine Lady Golden Eagles softball squad hasnâ€™t had a stellar year. The core of Eagles athletes who killed in volleyball with an undefeated league season, were spoilers right through to the semi-finals in basketball playoffs, but spring has not been kind to them.
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Some of their mojo came back Saturday morning when the Eagles beat the Lucerne Valley Mustangs decisively at 19-13.
Pitcher Kayla Martinez and the Eagles defense made short work of the Mustangs in the top of the first. Then they went to work at bat. Ariana Luque hit a double, then scored on a fielderâ€™s choice that took Laritxa Ramirez out at first. Veronica Carreon singled, then scored on a Ruth Serna hit. Maydali Parra singled and scored on Zaida Luqueâ€™s single. The Eagles looked like a sure thing with a 3-0 early lead.
The Mustangs answered with 1 lonely run in the top of the third, but the Eagles werenâ€™t done, scoring 4 more runs in the bottom of the third to gain what looked like a runaway victory with a 7-1 score.
In the top of the fourth, the Mustangs came on way too strong for comfort, scoring 8 runs to take a 7-9 lead.
The Eagles answered the challenge. Ariana Luque hit what should have been a single. With a combination of speed, guts and a lot of Mustangs errors, she turned it into a run. The score sparked an Eagles run-fest. Carreon tied the score 9-9, then Serna and Parra gave the Eagles an 11-9 lead after crossing home plate on a walk on balls and errors at home plate. Zaida Luque scored on a wild pitch and Brianne Bent scored on an Ariana Luque single, widening the lead to 13-9.
Eryn Sellberg came to the mound for the Eagles in the fifth, allowing only 1 Mustang run.
With the memory of the Mustangsâ€™ 8-run fourth, the 16-10 margin wasnâ€™t enough for the Eagles. By the end of the sixth inning, that lead was widened to 19-10.
With two outs in the top of the final inning, the Mustangs added 3 runs, but werenâ€™t able to close the 9-point deficit and the Eagles took the win.