Lindsay softball opens league with a win

By Andrea Camarena

Lindsay started the season right on Thursday, March 16 with a win in the East Sequoia League softball opener in Woodlake.

The Lady Cardinals downed the Tigers 6-4 despite Woodlake's three-run rally in the sixth.

Stacked with 5 returning starters, the Cardinals are now 3-2 overall with both losses coming from a strong Farmersville squad.

Lead off battery mates sophomore Cassandra Manning and senior Geraldine Perez took the win in Woodlake with Manning allowing only two earned runs and five hits. She struck out six batters in the seven-inning contest.

Woodlake held the Cardinals to one hit but gave up seven dangerous errors in the loss.

Lindsay took the lead in the third inning, brining in four runs to start the scoring. The Cardinals added two more runs in the top of fourth but were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Woodlake marks Manning's third win of the season despite battling an early season back injury.

Despite the lack of hits from the Cardinals lineup, the team's focus on base running paid off as Lindsay totaled six stolen bases on the night.

&#8220We are working very hard on baserunning,” Lindsay coach Brett Kendig said. &#8220Hopefully, we'll find numerous ways to manufacture runs this season.”

Leadoff hitter Nicole Bolanos had the only hit of the game and scored a single run.

Manning picked up one run and one stolen base. Lisa Rodriguez and Allison Salinas each picked up a run as well.

On the field, Perez put out seven runners while Kimberly Keller Made six outs.

The girls will continue with league play at 4:30 p.m. when they host Orosi in the first home game on Thursday, March 22.

Aztecs finish non-league play with grandslam win

In their final preseason contest, the Cardinals fell to Farmersville 7-3 on Tuesday, March 13. The Cardinals started the game with a 1-0 lead in the opening inning but gave up two runs in the top of the second inning to flip flop the advantage.

Aztecs pitcher Heather Hall, took the win pitching a complete game with 11 strikeouts. She allowed five hits and upped her record to 5-2.

Farmersville's Amanda Benitez furthered the lead with a fifth-inning grandslam to make the score 7-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Lindsay cut the lead to 7-3 when Salinas made a big 2-out RBI. But Lindsay saw their chances slip away as they left two runners on in the same inning and ended the game with the bases loaded in the seventh.

&#8220[Farmersville] has a well coached team and has a strong pitcher in Heather Hail,” Kindig said.

Aztecs sink against Panthers, 12-1

Farmersville took its first loss in six games when the team hosted Porterville on Thursday, March 15 and fell 12-1. The Aztecs gave up 10 runs in the first inning as the Panthers totaled 12 hits on the night.

Farmersville had seven hits but only managed one run. It came from Amanda Benitez in the bottom of the second. Benitez was one for two at the plate while Cynthia Gonzalez went two for two.

On the mound, Aztecs pitcher Holly Ramsical had three strikeouts and nine earned runs.

The Aztecs will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. today, March 21 when they host the 4-4 Kern Valley Bronc's.

Farmersville enters the contest 5-3.

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