Williams High School’s softball team rallied for five runs in the second inning and two in the third to tie the score, but the Lady Yellowjackets succumbed to host Hamilton, 21-11, in six innings Thursday afternoon.
“We can hit the ball; these girls can swing the bat,” Williams coach Kristi Hill said. “We just need to play better defense for our pitchers.”
Hamilton managed to score in every inning of the contest, taking advantage of 11 Williams errors. The hosts wasted no time securing an early lead, plating six runs in the bottom of the first, but Williams roared back in the second.
Brianna O’Quelly drew a base on balls to initiate the rally, scoring on a fielder’s choice. Cassandra Vargas hit a grounder to third base that was thrown past second and into the outfield. Anna Rios walked, Noemy Salazar drilled a sharp single to left to load the bases, and Marlen Salazar legged out an infield hit to score Vargas. Crystal Garcia forced in a run with a base on balls, Litzie Leos hit a comebacker for a run-scoring groundout, and Jovanna Hernandez reached on an infield error to score Marlen Salazar.
Marlen Salazar led Williams’ offense with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, scoring three times with three runs batted in. She clubbed a double over the left fielder’s head to highlight the Lady Yellowjackets’ four-run rally in the fifth. Noemy Salazar also scored thrice and finished with two hits.
Leos started on the mound for Williams, lasting three innings. She allowed five earned runs on nine hits and six walks, exiting with her team trailing 14-7.
Estafania Bermudez worked 2 1-3 innings in relief, giving up only one earned run on four hits. She walked four, hit a batter, and struck out two.
“For someone who hasn’t pitched a whole lot, she (Bermudez) has done really well for us,” Coach Hill said. “She is throwing more strikes and improving every game. I’m really proud to see her progress.”
Carolina Sandoval gathered four hits, including a double and a triple, with four runs scored to pace Hamilton’s 13-hit attack. Karla Aguilar was also 3-for-4 with three runs scored for Hamilton (4-0 Mid-Valley League, 8-10).
The Lady Yellowjackets (0-5 MVL, 1-10) return to action Thursday at East Nicolaus. ■