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Second diamond win for Lady Vikings
SYLMAR • The Barstow Community College softball team got its second win of the season on Saturday.
The Lady Vikings traveled to Sylmar for a doubleheader against Los Angeles Mission College, and left with a split. Barstow barely got off the bus for the first game, losing 8-0, before regrouping to take a game two, 10-6, extra-innings victory.
The game one win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Eagles.
It was a slow start for the Lady Vikings, who not only didn’t score in the first game, they didn’t hit. As a result, BCC had only one baserunner over the entire five frames of the mercy rule loss, Tessa Saenz, who drew a walk.
“We didn’t hit. We just came out not ready to play,” said Barstow head coach Jennie Fregoso. “The girls had poor attitudes and just let LA Mission walk all over them.”
After that beating, there was the matter of another game to play. Fregoso had no intention of watching a replay of game one.
“We had a long talk after the first game about how we can come back, but it wasn’t going to be easy,” said the coach. “It was something we’d have to work for. It was a new game and time to show them what kind of team we really are.
“We turned everything around in game two and did a great job.”
The Eagles scored two runs in the first inning, but then were kept off the board by pitcher Alexis Conant and the Vikings’ defense for the next four frames. In the sixth, BCC got its offense in gear, scoring nine runs.
A standout in game two was Zoila Hernandez. While going error-free in the field, Hernandez was 3-for-4 at the plate, clobbering all three hits into the outfield. Centerfielder Megan Carr and shortstop Stephanie Mesa both made diving catches to put the brakes on potential rallies.
“I was very happy with how we turned everything around,” said coach Fregoso. “It is possible to get mercied and then come back and win as an underdog. Today, we were the underdog and made Mission think twice about underestimating us.”
The Lady Vikings will be at College of the Desert on Wednesday, and at Victor Valley Friday.