With a nine-run second inning, Maxwell High School’s softball team overwhelmed the visiting Williams squad, 15-5, on Friday afternoon.
Makayla Mitchell and Jasmine Atencio collaborated on the mound for the Lady Panthers, scattering six hits over five innings. Each pitcher struck out five batters.
“Makayla has been hitting well for us all year, but lately she’s stepped up and helped us with pitching too,” Maxwell coach Stacey Atencio said. “Then Jasmine was able to come in and finish the game. They both did a great job.”
Mitchell, who slugged two home runs during Maxwell’s road sweep in Portola on April 19, smacked a two-run single with the bases loaded to highlight Maxwell’s tie-breaking rally in the second. After the first inning, the score was only 1-1.|
Hannah Azevedo, Laynee Haywood, and Courtney Wycoff also had hits in the second, helping Maxwell reach double digits on the scoreboard.
The Lady Yellowjackets generated a four-run outburst in the top of the third, slicing their deficit in half, 10-5, but Maxwell added a run in the fourth and five in the fifth to enforce the 10-run rule.
Morgan Dennis drove in the deciding run with a double, and Azevedo doubled twice to finish with three hits.
Marlen Salazar and Crystal Garcia led Williams’ offense, each going 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Brianna O’Quelly and Jovanna Hernandez both singled and scored for Williams as well, and Estafania Bermudez pitched the whole game.
Maxwell (2-0 Mountain Valley League, 10-10) faces a key test in the pennant race Friday in a home doubleheader versus Quincy. First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM.■