The Los Lunas High School softball team was left feeling reasonably happy despite losing their season finale — the second half of a home doubleheader against Anthony Gadsden on Saturday.
The Lady Tigers lost the last game, 11-3, but they had taken the opener, 14-7.
“It’s another district win,” said first-year head coach Glenn Trujillo. “That gives us two; that gives us six on the season.”
Los Lunas finished the season 6-16, 2-10 in District 3-5A. But it’s a sign that the Los Lunas softball program might finally be on the upswing after being downtrodden for nearly a decade. Los Lunas had won a total of three games in the last two years.
There also seems to be more enthusiasm for Lady Tiger softball. And it showed during Saturday’s first game. “The girls came out and were excited to play,” Trujillo said. “Fourteen runs — that’s the most we’ve scored all year.” Los Lunas spotted Gadsden three runs in the first inning, but the Tigers came back with two of their own in the bottom half and added five more in the second to take a 7-3 lead.
The big hit in the Los Lunas’ five-run second inning was a two-run single by Stephanie Perea.
Perea accounted for four RBIs and two runs, going 3 for 4 at the plate. She also had a two-RBI single in a five-run sixth that blew open a 9-6 game.
Other leading hitters for the Tigers were Chacara Fleming (2-2, 3R), Brandi Giron (2-2, 1R, 1RBI), Kati Jo Gabaldon (2-3, 2R, 1RBI), Andrea Tenorio (1-2, 2RBI) and Ashley Herrera (1-2, 2R, 2RBI).
Herrera was the winning pitcher, scattering nine hits and striking out five.
Herrera had less luck in the second game, lasting only to the second inning. By the end of the inning, Gadsden had built a 7-1 lead.
Gabaldon quieted the Panthers’ bats for three innings, but Los Lunas couldn’t get itself back in the game. “We didn’t hit as well as we did the first game. We made a few errors, and the game got away from us,” Trujillo said.
The Tigers managed just three hits in the game. All their runs were scored on Gadsden miscues.
So the season is over, but not for long.
“We take about a week off, then the summer season starts,” Trujillo said. “Then we’ll start pre-season workouts the first week of school, and we’ll work through fall and all through the winter.”