The West Valley softball team opened the 2019 season Friday with a pair of wins - 13-2 over Mendocino in the opener, and a stirring 9-8 comeback over Taft.
It didn't take long for the West Valley softball team to get its offense rolling in the 2019 season opener against Mendocino Friday afternoon in Saratoga. Back-to-back doubles from Alexis Palmon and Emma Edmonson and an Ava Gonzales three-run homer gave the Vikings a 4-0 first inning lead they never relinquished in a 13-2 five-inning win over the Eagles. Gonzales finished the day 3-4 with six RBI and the win in the circle, giving up four hits and striking out six in five innings. Edmonson was 3-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Palmon went 3-3. West Valley sent 12 batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring eight runs, all with two outs.
Mya Galindo's two-out bloop single over third base drove in Sierra Hillman with the winning run to cap the West Valley softball team's thrilling 9-8 comeback win over Taft Friday afternoon in Saratoga. The Vikings were down 8-4 heading to the sixth inning, but tied it up on singles by Ava Gonzales, Hillman and Galindo, a pair of Taft errors and a Mari Matos two-run sacrifice fly to center. Matos shut the Cougars down in the top of the seventh with a 6-3 putout and an inning-ending, unassisted double play to set the stage for the Hillman/Galindo heroics in the final stanza. Earlier, Gonzales crushed a two-run homer to left in the fourth, driving in Emma Edmonson, who had roped a lead-off double. Matos brought the Vikings to within 6-4 in the fifth with a first-pitch HR to the scoreboard at center. Galindo, Gonzales, Hillman and Carinne Peterson had two hits each to lead WVC's 12-hit attack. Alexis Palmon picked up the win in the circle, giving up two hits in 3 2/3 innings of work in refilled of starter Gonzales.