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The Lady Vikings' Kayla Devault slides into second base with a fifth-inning double in Wednesday's game.

Season winds down for Lady Vikings

BARSTOW • The Lady Vikings are putting some of the pieces together as they approach the finish line.


On Wednesday, the Barstow Community College softball team hosted Rio Hondo in its penultimate game of the season. Though it was a 9-1 loss, it was much more cleanly-played than the previous home match, with solid hits and some nice glovework by the home team.


“We made some good plays in the field,” said Lady Vikings head coach Jennie Fregoso. “We were much more upbeat and not down on ourselves, and that made a difference.”


Though the Lady Roadrunners (9-3, 21-12-1) were able to get their hits and get on base, they were largely kept from getting home through the first five innings. A double by Amanda Reynoso in the first drove in two runs, but Rio was kept off the board over the next two frames. BCC starter Alexis Conant faced just four batters in the second, and got out of trouble in the third. The Roadrunners had runners on second and third with one out, but Conant retired the next two batters on a pop-up and ground out.


 The Lady Vikings pitcher not only has been the go-to arm this season, having thrown over 80 innings, she also has swung a formidable bat, currently sporting a .333 average. She gave BCC its only run on Wednesday, taking the ball over the fence in center for a third-inning solo homer.


“She got a real nice swing on that one,” said Fregoso.


Since Conant won’t be at the season’s last game, she wanted to make her final statement on Wednesday: “I had to go out with a bang,” she said.


Rio held a 5-1 lead going into the sixth, when they scored four runs. It was the only inning that was defensively challenging for the Lady Vikings who made two errors, one of which scored a run.


Conant led the BCC offense, as she also singled in addition to her round-tripper. Alexis Davis and Kelli Bolduc also singled, and there were two hits in the fifth. Kayla Devault smacked a one-out double and after another out, advanced to third on Conant’s single, but a strikeout ended the inning.


Defensively, there was a nice play at the plate in the top of the first inning. Natalie Nunez led off with a bunt single, was sacrificed to second, and got to third on a Monica Gomez single. Samantha Martinez followed with a bouncer that third baseman Kayla Devault rushed and scooped, firing to catcher Tessa Saenz, who put down the tag. There were also two heads-up snags of line drives, by second baseman Shelby Setter for the first out of the second, and pitcher Conant, for the final out of the sixth.


Conant walked three and struck out two. Ashley Olivas (6ip, 1r, 5h, 2bb, 10k) got the win for Rio.


The Lady Vikings have one game left.


“I’m happy with how we came together today,” said coach Fregoso. “We have our sophomore game on Friday, but since this team is all freshmen, we won’t have anyone to say goodbye to. The core of the team will all be returning next year, which should produce more competitiveness.”


Friday’s game against Chaffey starts at 3 p.m.


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