The final double-header of the Taos softball season was a festive affair. The fences and dugout were decorated in orange, white and black balloons and streamers, …
The final double-header of the Taos softball season was a festive affair. The fences and dugout were decorated in orange, white and black balloons and streamers, and the energy on the field and in both dugouts was lively.
The Lady Tigers have grown tremendously during the season. On Saturday (May 4), they executed plays calmly, without mistakes, giving nothing away.
Game 1: Taos 17, Española Valley 4
By the top of the second inning, Taos was already leading 9-2, thanks in part to Ella Green's first varsity home run.
With the Tigers up to bat in the bottom of the second, Kenna Sandoval was walked and Araceli Rivera and Desiree Martinez got on with bunts, loading the bases. As the count filled with balls, the Lady Tigers sang, alternately high and low, "3-0! 3-0! 3-0! 3-0!" Kenna Sandoval stole home, making it 10-2. Though The Taos News and at least one fan saw Taos score another run in the inning, the scoreboard didn't reflect it.
Española rallied in the third and brought two home with a home run of their own, making it 11-4. They then closed out the bottom of the third with a big double play, getting the runners at second and third before they could get back to the bags.
Back at bat and hoping for a walk, the Lady Sundevils didn't sing or chant as much as asynchoronously scream "Ball!" compensating for melody with volume. It wasn't enough, and the Tigers were back to bat again.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lady Tiger Garcia managed to bring Martinez home and herself all the way around the bases with a home run bunt, making it 12-4 on the scoreboard. After home was stolen once again to make it 13-4, Angel Abeyta made it home on a double sent deep into center field by Ariana Aguilar. Maddalynn Quintana then brought Aguilar home with a double of her own: 15-4.
Kenna Sandoval sent one over the fence, bringing herself and Quintana to home plate and making the score 17-4.
Sending the Lady Sundevils three up, three down in the fifth ended the game.
Game 2: Española Valley 11, Taos 3
The Lady Sundevils' sophomore pitcher sent the ball across the plate more slowly, giving it a little drop that the Lady Tigers didn't quite get a handle on.
With only two graduating seniors and a season of growth and development, the Lady Tigers are already looking forward to a strong start next year.
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