Tourney pitches tough competition

By Andrea Camarena

Softball teams from around the valley traveled to Fowler last week to particpate in the first round of the Fowler Invitational.

Rain and flooded fields called for the postponement of the tournament after two days of play. The tournament is tentatively scheduled to resume on Saturday, April 9.

After just four games, Washington Union has pulled ahead with a 3-1 record falling only to tournament host, Fowler. Washington Union played in the first round division with local teams Strathmore and Woodlake, along with Fresno Christian and Fowler. In another division, the Lindsay Cardinals faced Selma, Parlier, Kingsburg and Mendota.

Woodlake goes 0-3

In the first day of the tournament, Woodlake went head-to-head with Fresno Christian for their first of three losses. Fresno took the win by a single run to finish the game with a score of 2-1. Janelle Bivenss was the only Tiger to cross the plate against the Eagles.

Woodlake fell twice in the second day of the tournament. Washington Union took a 5-0 win over Woodlake while Strathmore won it 7-5.

In their third game of the tournament, Strathmore advanced their Invitational record to 1-2 following the lead of Spartan winning pitcher Krista Campos. Facing 29 batters, Campos had six strikeouts and allowed five hits for five runs.

The Spartans and Tigers turned the game into a 2-run tie in the first inning and left it that way until the bottom of the third inning when the tigers stepped up their game to add two more runs to their side of the score.

In the top of the fifth, Strathmore added two more runs to bring the game back to a tie. Woodlake inched ahead in the same inning by scoring one more run.

With seven hits and four RBIs, the Spartans took hold of the victory by bringing in three more runs in their last at bat for the win.

"We have great Athletes and lots of talent but I'm struggling to get the girls to keep going," Woodlake coach Dina DeSilva said. "We have to wait for some girls to come through and gain confidence."

"We're doing a lot of good things but we're waiting for a different outcome."

Before their win over Woodlake, Strathmore struggled in the tournament falling to Fowler and Washington Union.

Strathmore finishes 1-2

In Strathmore's first contest of the tournament they took a close 2-1 loss from Washington Union. The Panthers had just three hits off of Spartan pitcher Krista Campos including one double and one triple. Campos pitched one strike out and made one error on the mound.

On offense, Strathmore had four hits in the game by way of Krystal Austin, Campos, Enedina Ramos and Celina Sizemore. Campos stole one base and was the only runner to score. She came in on an RBI by Krystal Austin.

Fowler delivered a 4-10 loss to the Spartans on the second day of the tournament. Campos again pitched a complete game for Strathmore with three hits, five walks and four strikeouts. On the field, Krystal Austin had four putouts against the Redcats. The spartans totaled six fielding errors for the game.

At bat, Strathmore catcher Vivian Ince hit three RBIs, had three hits and a double and was left on base twice. Austin had one hit and one RBI and scored a run for the Spartans. Campos nad Emeralda Rivera also scored one run each.

"We're doing fairly well," Strathmore coach Jenny Boone said. "We're adjusting our infield and outfield." With eight seniors on their roster, the team will have the heavy advantage of experience on their side when they approach league play in April.

Lindsay goes 1-3 in round robin

In another division of the tournament, Lindsay opened their tournament play against Selma who delivered the Cardinals a 5-4 loss.

Amanda Serda pitched all four complete games for the Cardinals. Against Selma, Serda faced 28 batters who made nine total hits, one double and two walks. She had three errors and five strike outs.

Visitors, Selma, made the first run in the second inning for the lead. But Lindsay initiated a four-run rally in the bottom of the third to head towards a win. The Bears stopped the Cardinals in their tracks in the final inning when they dished out a four-run rally of their own for a sixth inning victory.

lindsay totaled six hits and four RBIs to bring in their four runs. They also stole five bases on five attempts and only left two batters on base.

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