Lady Tigers beat Lady Vandals in local softball action

Miami’s Samantha Gonzales slides in safe at third while Coach Sammy Gonzales gives signs. Photos by Susanne Jerome.

The Lady tigers beat Miami 16-4 on Tuesday, April 2 at Globe High School.

In the top of the first, Miami started off with centerfielder Elizabeth Matthews walking and Samantha Gonzales singling to bring her home for the first run.

In the bottom of the first inning, Globe started showing why they were rated No. 1 in 2A South. Hannah Purcella earned a walk and Allison Hudgings advanced her to second base with a sacrifice bunt handled very well by the Miami catcher who threw Hudgings out at first. Pitcher Jazlyn Grice came up and was the second walker.

Then came the first of two Globe doubles. Lexi Muniz hit a high fly to right field bringing in Purcella and tying the game. The next batter, Zytka Heathman, doubled to center bringing Grice in for the second run. After Belinda Medina struck out, Phinis Fall doubled bringing in Muniz and Heathman. Jocelyn Tarango came up and Miami first baseman Gabriela Cabrera caught her pop fly to retire the side. The score now stood 4-1 Globe.

In the top of the second Miami failed to score. Striking out and grounding to second and to the pitcher.

In the bottom of the second, Kayla Howard got to first base when the Miami catcher kicked a dribbling grounder rolling foul before it got over the first base line. While the next batter, Hannah Purcella was earning her walk, Kayla Howard stole second base. After a strike out, Fall got on first base bringing in two runs. And the score was 6-1.

In the top of the third, a walk put Samantha Gonzales on base, and a base hit by Madison Palmer put Gonzales over Home plate for Miami’s second run.

In the bottom of the third Miami pitcher, Jasenia Quezada, struck out two batters, but Miami only got the last out after Hudgings tripled bringing in two runs, and Grice doubled to bring in the third run. At the start of the third inning, the score was 9-2.

In the top of the fourth, Mackenzie Anthony got on base with a bunt, stole second base and third base but the Vandals were unable to score.

In the bottom of the fourth, Globe scored seven runs bringing their lead to 13. A triple by Heathman and a walk put two on base and a bad throw to keep Hope Bear from stealing second allowed her and Heathman to score.

Meanwhile Tarango popped out to first baseman, Madison Palmer. After another walk, Miami changed pitchers to Cabrera, but the disaster continued.

Andria Button was hit by a pitch putting two runners on base. A single loaded the bases and Grice hit a home run, scoring four runs at a blow. Two more walks put two on base and a single by Jillian Skaggs sent one in. Finally, Cabrera caught a fly for the third out.

Going into the top of the fifth inning, the score was 16-3 and Miami needed four runs just to remain in the game.

They got only one, due to some bodacious base running by Gonzales who turned a walk into a triple in stages. She came in as Palmer grounded out. The last batter struck out and the game went to the Tigers because of the score 16-4.

Globe walked a bit, but the key was hitting with sets of doubles and a home run. Globe should make short work of the Santa Rita Eagles ranked No. 7 in 2A South at Globe on April 12.

Camile Hudson plays national anthem for Globe-Miami softball game.

Miami's Mackenzie Anthony beats out the throw to be safe at first.

Tiger Zytka Heathman watches as Lexi Muniz tags out Carmen Arrelin.

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