The Lone Pine Lady Golden Eagles softball squad hasn’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.
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 fielder’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 Luque’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 weren’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 Mustangs’ 8-run fourth, the 16-10 margin wasn’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 weren’t able to close the 9-point deficit and the Eagles took the win.