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Lady Aztecs come up short
Barstow suffers fourth-straight DSL loss
BARSTOW • The Lady Aztecs need some hits. And wins.
With the season winding down, the Barstow softball team needs to rack up some W’s, but wasn’t able to earn one on Wednesday. The Lady Aztecs hosted Silverado, and were outdueled by a 6-1 score at Barstow High School.
The home team, which has some sluggers in its line-up, rapped out just five singles in the loss. The Lady Hawks had eight hits, three of them for extra bases. Silverado also waited out seven walks, to three free-passes for Barstow.
Hawks starting pitcher Desiree Bogarin wasn’t overpowering, but the Lady Aztecs had trouble getting anything started against her. The lone Barstow run came in the second inning, on a hit batter, error, and an RBI single by Teren Hedberg.
The Lady Hawks didn’t stage a big inning, but instead spread out their scoring over the first four. Barstow starter Alexis York tossed the first 2.2 frames, when she was replaced in the circle by Miranda Peralta.
Peralta is a fixture at shortstop, and it was no doubt a surprise for some fans when she was tapped to toe the rubber. The senior has been brushing up on her pitching skills, but had no idea she’d get the call on Wednesday.
“I was really excited,” said Peralta of getting the opportunity. “I’ve been working out here and there in practice, but I didn’t know I’d be pitching today. I’ll do whatever I have to do to help the team.
“I’m always ready for the ball.”
Peralta did a nice job, finishing up the last 4.1 innings and giving up one run on four hits, walking one. She was backed up by some solid defense. Rightfielder Jordan Neal ended the top of the third with a running catch, and catcher Chelsea Phillips foiled a steal in the first and took down a foul pop-up for the last out of the seventh.
Second baseman Meagan Alvarez snagged a line drive in the sixth, and Peralta helped herself by doing the same in the fifth. With runners on first and third, the Hawks’ Jalina Najera belted a liner back to the circle, and Peralta showed quick reflexes by getting her glove up in time. After making the grab, she doubled up the runner on first for the 1-1-3 double play.
“I was a little shocked I caught it,” said Peralta. “It happened so fast, I had time to look at third, then throw to first.”
The Lady Aztecs threatened several times. Peralta led off the fourth by getting plunked and Marissa Dado followed with a walk, with both going on to steal. But after two pop-ups and a long fly to left, the runners were left on base. A runner was thrown out at the plate in the fifth.
Bogarin allowed one run and one hit through four innings, walking two. Melissa Thompson went the last three, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out two. Peralta, Dado, Phillips and Gabby Rodriguez all hit singles off her, but the Lady Aztecs failed to rally.
With the win, the Lady Hawks improve to 11-10, 6-3, while Barstow falls to 14-11, 3-5. The Lady Aztecs have games remaining against Silverado and Granite Hills, and need as many wins as possible.
The last remaining home game is Monday against the Cougars.
“I’m looking forward to going out there and giving my all,” said Peralta.