4/4/2014 1:45:00 PM Lady Jacket softball picks up two wins
BLYTHE, Calif. — The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket softball team claimed a pair of wins last week as they avenged an earlier loss at Holtville with a 10-0 victory over the Lady Vikings at home and went on the road to Calipatria on Friday and claimed a 9-4 victory.
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE, Calif. - The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket softball team claimed a pair of wins last week as they avenged an earlier loss at Holtville with a 10-0 victory over the Lady Vikings at home and went on the road to Calipatria on Friday and claimed a 9-4 victory.
The wins improved Palo Verde's season record to 3-5 as they prepared to take on Southwest in their Imperial Valley League opener on Tuesday at the PVHS Softball Fields.
Against Holtville, Palo Verde pitcher, Arianna Lozoya was in top form as she scattered four Viking hits over six innings, struck out 10 batters, and didn't walk a batter in going the distance for the shutout win.
Lozoya also did her part at the plate as she broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning with a two-run double and added a single and a run score as Palo Verde ended the game in the bottom of the sixth with the 10-run rule.
Two Jackets had perfect days at the plate as Darion Riggert had four hits including a double and scored three runs batting out of the leadoff position while Olivia Smith contributed three singles and a pair of runs scored batting in the ninth position.
In all, Palo Verde racked up 13 hits in the contest. Martina Rodriguez, Alyssa Gonzalez, Bailey Smith, and Daniela Lopez chipped in a hit apiece while Destiny Rivera gave the locals 5-0 lead in the fourth inning with a three-run triple.
Jacket coach, April Smith, noted the improvement of her team over the loss to the Vikings in their season opener.
"The girls are much improved from that first game," Smith said. "Even the Holtville coach couldn't believe it was the same team they had played earlier."
At Calipatria, Palo Verde scored five times in their first two at bats and led 8-0 in the fourth inning before the Hornets got on the board with a single run in the bottom of the fourth.
Calipatria cut the margin to 8-4 in the bottom of the sixth frame before the Jackets completed the game's scoring with a run in the top of the seventh.
"The girls don't seem to be letting a little mistake take them down too much," said Coach Smith. "We committed a key error in the sixth that allowed a couple of runs to score, but the girls came right back with an answer."
The Jackets had another good hitting effort in the game as they rapped 15 hits in the contest.
Bailey Smith led the Jacket offense as she tagged Hornet pitching for four hits on the day and drove in five runs.
Riggert was good for three hits and a pair of runs scored while Rivera and Lauren Hardin each added a couple of runs scored and two hits apiece.
Rodriguez had a hit and two runs scored while Valerie Louriero accounted for the other Jacket run. Daniela Lopez, Lozoya and Jylene Lopez had the other Jacket hits.
After Tuesday's league opener with Southwest, the Jackets will travel to Central on Friday before hosting Brawley and Imperial at the PVHS Softball Fields on the 8th and 11th, respectively.