By Tom Price Jr.
The Lindsay Cardinals (2-5, 4-12) softball had tried all season long to put the pieces of the puzzle together and in the process had a 10 game losing streak.
But finally against Orosi, they found the final piece of the puzzle, and her name is Amanda Serda.
Serda, a two-time team Most Valuable Player became eligible for the first time this season against Orosi on April 13 and immediately paid dividends as the Cardinals snapped the streak with an 11-3 win. She went 2-for-3, with a double, an RBI and a run scored, but more importantly provided veteran leadership that the young team had been lacking.
"In her first at bat she led off with a double and scored on a wild pitch and it really boosted our kids up," Lindsay coach Jeff Hall said. "When you have a lot of real young kids like we do, they need to see somebody doing well and everybody feeds off of that."
Apparently, the Cardinals were still hungry after beating Orosi, when they blasted Woodlake 17-6 during a makeup game on April 14. This time it was Amanda Hernandez who was the catalyst, she went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and scored three times. On the mound, Serda was in command the entire game allowing three earned runs on five hits in five innings of work.
Monie Perez and Nikki Salinas each had two hits in the game and Serda reached base three times and scored each time.