VICTORVILLE • Sometimes a sheer desire to win can propel a team to victory. According to its coaches, that was the case with the Barstow Community College softball team on Friday.
The Lady Vikings took on Victor Valley College on the road and notched a come-from-behind win. Barstow gave up five runs in the first inning but kept scratching its way back, scored twice in the top of the seventh inning, then held the Rams in the bottom half to end up on the fat end of a 6-5 score.
"The girls played very aggressive and came back for the win because they really wanted it," said assistant coach Jessica Marquez. "They played as a team and kept their spirits high."
"Even after making some errors in the first inning, we kept our heads up and fought for the win," added coach Rebecca Rodriguez.
The Lady Vikings started off well, scoring two runs in the top of the first. The Rams, though, put up five runs in their half, on five hits and three Barstow errors.
That, however, would be all the Aztecs would allow.
"We really wanted to win," said head coach Jennie Fregoso.
That was never more evident than in the seventh. Trailing, 5-4, Barstow came up with two runs to take the lead. Alexis Davis led off with a single, and was bunted to second by Zoila Hernandez. Tessa Saenz followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second for Elise Westbury. It was a homecoming of sorts for the Victor Valley Christian High School grad, and Westbury celebrated by socking a laser over the shortstop's head, for a single. It was good for two RBI, with Saenz motoring around to score all the way from first.
"That's what you can do when you really want it," said coach Fregoso. "The only mistakes we made came in the bottom of the first. Other than that, we held them and we were aggressive."
The Vikings outhit their opponent by a 9-6 margin. One of those hits was a second-inning solo home run by Alexis Conant, which represented the beginning of Barstow's comeback. Conant also got the win, pitching a complete game, walking six and striking out nine.
The only blemish on the afternoon came in the fourth inning. While tagging out a would-be basestealer, Silver Valley grad Stephanie Mesa was spiked, and suffered a deep gash that sent her to the emergency room. The diagnosis is she'll probably be out for two or three weeks.
The win makes the Lady Vikings 1-1 in the Foothill. They'll play a doubleheader at Pierce College in Los Angeles on Tuesday, then come back home for a game against Mt. San Jacinto on Wednesday at 3 p.m.