BARSTOW • The Barstow High School softball team finished one run from their highest total of the season on Friday — but it wasn't enough for the Aztecs to continue their five-game win streak.
The Aztecs lost 21-20 to Victor Valley in a game that saw a lot of offense and a compete turn around from the Jackrabbits 11-1 mercy rule loss to Barstow on Wednesday. The only time Barstow bested its run total from Friday was more than six weeks ago when the Aztecs beat Chinle 21-0. Barstow also more than doubled its season record for runs allowed which stood at 10 runs given up to Los Osos in March.
Victor Valley's line up came out on the attack on Friday looking ready to get revenge on Barstow for only allowing four hits in their victory against the Jackrabbits on Wednesday. The Jackrabbits had five hits in the first inning on Friday, and they went on to earn 25 hits in the game. The heart of Victor Valley's line up Aymet Demara, Roselani Bloomfield and Amber Venegas combined for 13 RBIs on their own Friday.
"They just found the right spots to hit the ball," Barstow coach Richard Johannsen said. "They hit us well today."
Barstow also got good production out of it's power hitters with 13 RBIs coming from Miranda Peralta, Meagan Alvarez and Hannah Ulibarri. Taylor Purdy added another five RBIs for the Aztecs as the lead off hitter.
However, Barstow slowed offensively as the game went on. The Aztecs scored 12 of their runs in the first three innings and added two more in the fourth inning. Victor Valley's starting pitcher Bloomfield gave up six walks in the first three innings, and Barstow only got one more walk for the rest of the game. The Aztecs became more impatient at the plate later in the game often swining at early balls. Barstow's impatience combined with the Jackrabbits bringing in Christy Espinosa to pitch in the fifth inning to stall the Aztecs' offense. Espinosa held Barstow to six runs and nine hits in her time on the mound to earn the win.
Victor Valley coach Joe Campbell said he believes bringing Espinosa in allowed his team to rally.
"We changed our pitcher and that really changed things," Campbell said. "We gave Bloomfield her first varsity start today. We were committed to giving her at least three innings today. When Christy came in she did the job, and she changed things up quite well for us."
Victor Valley 314 145 3 — 21 25 4
Barstow 336 204 2 — 20 19 0