SOFTBALL: Castro, Hemeon propel Mustangs past EV

 

GILROY – Alissa Castro and Dani Hemeon each collected three hits
and three RBI as the Gilroy High softball team unloaded 15 hits on
the visiting Evergreen Valley Cougars, prevailing 11-1 on Thursday
afternoon.
GILROY – Alissa Castro and Dani Hemeon each collected three hits and three RBI as the Gilroy High softball team unloaded 15 hits on the visiting Evergreen Valley Cougars, prevailing 11-1 on Thursday afternoon.

The 10-run mercy rule was put into effect after the top of the fifth inning.

The win followed a narrow 10-inning, 1-0 loss to perennial power Archbishop Mitty on Wednesday – a game that had the crowd that gathered for Thursday’s game still buzzing.

“It was a fantastic game,” Mustangs manager Julie Berggren said about Wednesday’s nail biter with the Monarchs. “It was just a really fun game to be a part of and showed us that these girls are capable of hanging with the best.”

Even after the letdown of coming so close against Mitty, the Mustangs did not let that outcome play any role whatsoever in their win over the Cougars.

“They did not let the loss hurt them,” Berggren said. “We played such a great game. There was nothing to hang our heads about.”

The Mustangs hopped right back on the winning track against the Cougars, and after taking a 2-0 first inning advantage, exploded with a five-run second inning, in which they sent 11 batters to the plate. The frame was highlighted by a line-drive 2-run home run by Sarah Lira that hugged the left-field foul pole.

Castro and Hemeon also had RBI-base knocks in the second inning offensive outburst.

Nine different Mustangs accounted for the 15 hits as every member of the team saw action Thursday.

Kaylana Mah had two hits, Lira also had an RBI-single to go along with her four-bagger, and Stephanie Rodriquez, Amber Gamboa, Melanie Morelos, Vanessa Tellez and Michelle Sosa had one hit apiece.

“Our bench is really strong,” Berggren said. “It’s challenging this year to figure out who to put in the lineup.”

Castro got the nod in the circle and gave the Mustangs a solid performance, allowing one run and scattering three hits over her five innings of work.

“It’s great to know that she can come in and pitch games like this,” Berggren said. “She pitched really strong and solid.”

The Mustangs continue play at the Annie Lynch Circle of Champions this weekend before diving into Tri-County Athletic League play with an away date against Salinas on Tuesday. GHS does not have another home game until March 30 versus Alvarez.

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