By Andrea Camarena

Following weeks of cancelled and rescheduled games, the Monarchs softball team went into overdrive, managing to cram six games in two days of play.

As scheduled, the Monarchs hosted the Orosi Cardinals in a 10-0 Exeter victory on Friday, April 7 then followed it up with a one-day, five-game tournament on Saturday. The Monarchs went 2-3 in the Tulare softball tournament despite the absence of multiple key players.

&#8220We played tough for the whole tournament playing short a few players in all five games for the day,” Exeter coach Karen Zeibak said. &#8220We only lost 1-2 to Lemoore playing short three players.”

Exeter opened the tournament with the loss to Lemoore then faced another higher-division team. Tulare Union delivered a 7-run shutout to make the Monarchs 0-2 to start the tournament.

The Monarchs recovered for a 4-3 win over Arvin but followed it up with a 0-5 loss to Tulare Western. Exeter closed the tournament with a 5-0 win over Arvin.

&#8220Cortney Whitlock had a great day at the plate and on defense,” Zeibak said.

Whitlock had six hits with 12 at-bats including one triple on the day. Chelsea Boland had five hits with 11 at bats including one double. Callie Souza and Marlene Gonzales both hit four for 11 for the day.

Exeter's Shannon Mahan pitched two strong games with one win. Katelyn Goins pitched two games with no wins but did well against top team Tulare Union allowing only three earned runs for the game.

Whitlock and Ashley Wilson both had firsts for the day. Whitlock pitched a win over Arvin for the last game of the day with Wilson behind the plate. Whitlock gave up one hit in the seventh inning allowing no runs and walking only one batter. Both Whitlock and Wilson had never played at these positions in a high school game.

&#8220Callie Souza and Katie La Fleur both had strong performance's in the field making many outs and committing no errors,” Zeibak said.

In the prior Orosi league game, Goins pitched the five-inning game giving up only one hit and walked none. The monarchs were hot at the plate with nine hits and three triples for the game.

Kylie Souza started Exeter's hitting in the first inning with a single, then sister Callie Souza made it to first on a fielder's choice. Callie stole second and third base and advanced to home on a pass ball at the plate to give the Monarchs their opening run.

In the same inning, Exeter's Wilson reached first on a walk then stole second. Whitlock hit Wilson in with a deep triple to right field.

Exeter brought in two more runs in the second inning. Goins reached the bags on a walk and Daniela Banuelos bunted her home thanks to a fielding error by Orosi. Priscilla Santillan eventually bunted Banuelos home for the final run of the inning.

In the third inning, the Monarchs scored two more runs from two Orosi errors and one hit from Chelsea Boland.

In the bottom of the fifth, Exeter started the inning off with a triple from Ashley Wilson. Whitlock bunted Wilson in on the next at bat. Kylie Baker added a triple and came home on Boland's single. Banuelos added a single and was moved around by Santillian's single and Kylie Souza's game-ending RBI single. Souza's RBI brought the game to 10-0 ending it early with the mercy rule.

Cardinals fall to defending champs

Reeling from a 4-1 win over Woodlake, the Lindsay Cardinals returned home to host the returning league champs, Dinuba on Friday, April 7.

The Emperors dominated the Cardinals in seven innings for a 13-4 victory.

&#8220They are the team to beat this year,” Kendig said of Dinuba. Already this season, the Emperors dominated over the Division IV Valley runner-ups Exeter in a 8-2 Dinuba win.

&#8220We had a tough game,” Kendig said. &#8220But we played hard for seven innings.”

Lindsay freshman pitcher Cassie Manning pitched all even innings for loss walking only two batters and striking out one. Dinuba had 13 hits and eight earned runs among the 31 batters Manning faced.

&#8220She's only a freshman and she did really well,” Kendig said.

Lindsay's fielder's held strong against Dinuba's hot bats making just one error in the game.

But at the plate, the Cardinals couldn't warm up their bats against Dinuba's pitching. The Cardinals totaled four hits and two earned runs. They suffered from nine strikeouts and left a total five batters on base. Lindsay's Jeshea Garcia had the only sacrifice hit of the game while Valerie Chairez, Manning and Russie Sanders each managed one hit.

The Cardinals went in shorthanded missing leading senior pitcher Ana Jauregui.

Jauregui had what could be her best career outing when the Cardinals faced Woodlake on March 31. She pitched a complete one-hitter to beat the Tigers 4-1. Facing 22 batters, she gave up no earned runs, struck out six and walked nine.

Lindsay's fielders were on again making just one error on Woodlake's turf.

At the plate, Lindsay had three total hits each from a different batter. Jauregui, Lisa Rodriguez and Russie Sanders delivered one RBI a piece.

Over the league's one-week Spring Break, the Cardinals competed in the Fowler Softball Tournament. The tournament was not complete at press time. League play resumes on April 18. Weather permitting; the Cardinals are scheduled to host Immanuel at 4 p.m.

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