BARSTOW • Jennifer Wiedeman got more than she expected from her team on Wednesday.
Wiedeman and the Sultana softball team have struggled as of late. The Sultans entered the game having lost their lost four games by a combined score of 50-20. Sultana snapped its streak, earned its first away win and became the first team to beat Barstow at home with a 6-5 victory on Wednesday.
"We've had a really rough start to this season," Wiedeman said. "I was just hoping we'd come out here and play some errorless innings and force them to make plays. We knew Barstow was a tough team, and we've made a lot of mistakes this year."
Sultana may have had four errors in its 13-3 loss to Apple Valley on Tuesday, but it was the Aztecs that didn't have their heads in the game Wednesday. Barstow made five errors to the Sultans two errors. The biggest difference in the game is what the errors led to.
Barstow led 3-0 entering the fourth inning after an inside-the-park home run by Taylor Purdy and RBI hits by Miranda Peralta and Marissa Dado. However, the Aztecs opened the inning with two fielding errors to put Sultan runners in scoring position. Sultana's Milan Poindexter hit the ball up the middle to score Macle Christian. Sultana's Mary Navarro and Poindexter tied the game when Amanda Sanchez made it to first base on a error.
If that wasn't enough the Aztecs gave up a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning. Poindexter once again proved to be the catalyst for the Sultans hitting a two RBI triple to tie the game. One of the base runners she scored, Madisyn Larabell, reached base on an error. Poindexter came home on a single by Sanchez to secure the Sultans only lead of the game which they held to the finish.
"We just made too many mental mistakes and physical errors," Barstow coach Richard Johannsen said. "We've played two horrible Wednesday games in a row. We had a bad game against Burroughs last week. We tried to take them out to eat as a team beforehand, but it didn't work. I think we just overlooked them, and we're not good enough to do that. We're getting better, but we're still making errors. Mostly it's our freshmen and sophomores that are still adjusting. We're still a young team."
Barstow's Hannah Ulibarri won the pitching duel despite the loss throwing three strikeouts with one walk and one earned run. The Sultan's Sanchez had one strikeout, four walks and five earned runs.
Sultana 000 300 3 — 6 9 2
Barstow 102 002 0 — 5 12 5
Sanchez and Sanchez; Ulibarri and Peralta. WP — Sanchez. LP — Ulibarri. 2B — Larabell (S); Dado, Ulibarri (B). 3B — Poindexter (S). HR — Purdy (B).