EL CENTRO â€”Â It was a low-scoring, but highly competitive match Friday night as the Calexico Lady Bulldogs traveled to play the Southwest Eagles at their home field, beating them 3-0..
The Lady Bulldogs started the first half of the game by scoring and leading, 1-0. During he third inning, both sides showed powerful batting but were unable to score. In particular, Southwest’s infield and Calexico’s outfield kept the inning scoreless.
In the fourth inning, Calexico put a Lady Bulldog on third, and a bunt put a playerÂ on second, but they could not score due to Southwest’s quick infield defense. Southwest’s batting lineup was unable to capitalize on any of the fast pitches from Calexico’sÂ Kasey Cazares (#1).
Southwest’s outfield player Audra CarterÂ (#21) caughtÂ a powerful hit to right field which stopped Calexico from scoring in the fifth inning.Â Iliana Manzano (#16) created a momentum shift for the Eagles while at bat, hitting the ball high towards the left outfield, giving her a double. Pinch runner Karynna Vega (#9) was subbed in and promptly stole third base. This fired upÂ the home crowd fans as Southwest desperately needed a scoring play.Â Sadriena Rodriguez (#2) made it toÂ first base then stole second, but the momentum stopped there. Southwest’s lack of solid batting lostÂ the opportunity the team needed to score.
Nat Lopez (#2) proved Calexico’s dominance in the game stealingÂ home base from third, taking advantage of a dropped ball error at center field in the sixth. This re-energized Calexico’s momentum and making the score, 2-0.
Southwest had difficulty establishing a rhythm in their batting during the six inning and remained scoreless. All hits were quickly captured by Calexico’s quick infield defense.
The seventh inning brought very little hope for Southwest as Calexico’s Andrea Quirroz (#3) scored a run, adding to their lead of 3-0. The Lady Bulldogs keptÂ the lead throughÂ the bottom of the seventh inning and closed out the game as pitcher Kasey Cazares struck out all three of the Southwest’s batters consecutively with her perfectÂ pitching. The Calexico Bulldogs picked up the win at Friday’s away conference game against Southwest,Â 3-0.[envira-gallery id=”76096″]