Lindsay sweeps Orosi in three

By Andrea Camarena

The Lady Cardinals stepped up last week going 2-1 in league play with two wins over Orosi and a challenging 6-3 loss to Corcoran.

Lindsay started the week with a first-round make up game to Orosi. Lindsay won 3-4. Next, the Cardinals battled Corcoran on Tuesday, April 25.

The Cardinals dug themselves into a hole falling behind 5-0 after two innings.

&#8220To our teams credit they didn't stop competing and fought back to make it a very interesting game down the stretch,” Lindsay coach Brett Kendig said.

The Cardinals scored one run in the sixth and two in the seventh and left the bases loaded at the close of the game.

Valerie Chairez had the big hit of the day in the seventh that drove in two runners and cut the lead to 6-3.

&#8220We were one hit away from a tie or taking the lead,” Kendig said.

Lindsay's bats came alive with seven hits in the final two innings.

On Friday, Lindsay traveled to Orosi to play face the Cardinals for the second time in one week.

&#8220We had played Orosi twice this season, once in a tournament and we came away with 4-3 victories both times,” Kendig said. &#8220We figured it would be a battle again, and it was.”

Both teams were held scoreless for the first three innings. Lindsay scored two in the top of the fourth when Geraldine Perez singled to left and then promptly stole second base. Raquel Ramirez walked to put runners at first and second. Russie Sanders laced the hardest hit ball of the day to the left fielder who tried to turn a double play and overthrew the ball to second base. Perez scored and Ramirez moved over to third. Junior first baseman Dana Masiel lined a ball over Orosi's shortstop's head to drive in the second run.

Orosi scored one in the bottom of the fifth when Lindsay's winning pitcher, Cassie Manning, hit a batter, walked two and threw a wild pitch.

Ana Jauregui battled hard at the plate and forced a lead off walk to start the sixth inning. Russie Sanders put down a sac rifice bunt.

Jeshea Garcia walked to put runners on first and third. Masiel again came through in the clutch with a ground ball out that scored Jauregui. Kim Keller's walk led to Manning's RBI single to right field to make it 4-1.

Orosi scored two in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3. Lindsay's catcher Geraldine Perez made a huge throw to second base to cut down an Orosi runner trying to steal with the runners on first and third.

Lindsay scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Maricela Gutierrez was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second base by Geraldine Perez. Russie Sanders singled to drive in Gutierrez.

Cassie Manning was the winning pitcher improving her record to 6-3 on the year.

&#8220She went the distance but really struggled,” Kendig said.

She walked seven and struck out only two batters while allowing three singles. She was aided by three big double plays that ended scoring threats for Orosi.

Senior shortstop Sanders had a big day with the glove. In the first inning, with a runners at second and third, she tagged the runner going by on a ground ball and then threw the hitter out at first base.

In the second, she had an unassisted double play when she back handed a line drive and then out raced the runner at third who jumped off the bag.

The Cardinals are now 3-7 in league and 9-10 overall.

Lindsay will face Exeter twice this week. Lindsay hosted on Monday, May 1 and Exeter will host on Friday, May 5.

Lindsay also hosted Woodlake on Tuesday, May 2.

Lindsay's JV girls won all three games last week. The Cardinals won 8-7 over Corcoran on Tuesday to avenge a one run loss earlier in the year.

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