Softball team 2nd in district, make playoffs

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Softball team 2nd in district, make playoffs

Second baseman Aryiah hit  a pop fly, April 11.

Second baseman Aryiah hit a pop fly, April 11.

Tristin Tuialuuluu

Second baseman Aryiah hit a pop fly, April 11.

Tristin Tuialuuluu

Tristin Tuialuuluu

Second baseman Aryiah hit a pop fly, April 11.

Tristin Tuialuuluu, Reporter

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The girls softball team is doing well under the direction of new head coach Erica Rodriguez who has been coaching seven years and previously coached at Desert View Middle school. Prior to that she coached the Lady Warriors, a city league team.

“I want to see the softball program become a community of support and success. I want softball players to feel part of a family and to know there will always be room for improvement,” coach Rodriguez said.

As the season started, varsity dominated district until they met Eastlake March 1, where they lost their first district game 0-10. This loss was devastating because it put Eastlake in first place. The team met the Falcons April 8,  on the home field with a heartbreaking 1-2 loss.

“It is my last year so I have to make the most of it,” varsity outfielder Alexis Hernandez said. “Eastlake is our only district loss.”

Varsity stands 12-3 in district, 15-10 overall. With eight seniors on varsity it may be a rebuilding year next season, but with a bright Jv team coming up standing 9-6 in district, that should be no problem.

“We do a lot in practice such as sliding, hitting and catching drills and these really pay off during a game,” Jv catcher Cailyn Ponce said. “Our team has grown a lot since the beginning of the season and this is a result of teamwork.”

Jv has an impressive record. With the departure of the seniors next season they are looking forward to a successful future in varsity.

“We have evolved by becoming great, powerful hitters and learning how to play as a team defensively but we need to work on communicating, staying motivated and keeping a winning attitude till the very last inning,” Jv coach Margarita Cortez said.

As of April 13, varsity is in second place and are headed to playoffs.

“Our biggest goal is for our team to make playoffs, we plan on meeting these goals by working hard and effectively everyday as a team,” coach Rodriguez said.

Jv has losses to four schools in the district, Bel Air, Hanks, Canutillo and Eastlake.

 

Varsity team members: #1 Alex Hernandez , #2 Destiny Villanueva, #3 Kassandra Lara, #33 Victoria Anaya, #4 Kaitlyn Cano , #5 Lynette Gomez, #6 Asiah Mendiola, #7 Samantha Dovenbarger, #8 Cindy Ramos, #9 Kaory Rivera, #12 Athena Muniz, #13 Ashley Parra and #19 Clarissa De Santiago.

Jv team members: #2 Cailyn Ponce, #3 Alicia Espindola, #4 Bernadette Duchene, #5 Evelyn Corona, #6 Kaylee Stephens, #7 Katiha Falcon, #9 Isabel Guitron, #11 Aryiah Woodart, #13 Iris Duarte, #14 Danielle Cervin, #15 Jacquie Morales, #16 Alex Garcia and  #20 Priscila Hernandez.