Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 19 April 2013 08:00
As Mission High’s pitcher Gabriella Castillo took the mound at Veterans Memorial High School’s softball field last Friday night she was looking to improve the Lady Eagles’ perfect district record to 12-0. However, it would have to be at the expense of the Lady Patriots.
As the game began and the early innings ensued, the second match-up of the year between what will likely be two of the district’s four playoff teams turned into a back-and-forth battle in which neither team’s lead was safe for very long – that is until the sixth inning when the Lady Eagles took the lead to stay, remaining undefeated and clinching the District 32-4A championship.
After a scoreless inning and a half, it was Coach Vivian Ray’s Lady Patriots who drew first blood as her squad’s bats came to life and Veterans plated two in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead. The lead was short-lived as Mission responded in kind plus one during their next at-bat to give Castillo and the Lady Eagles a 3-2 lead in the third. In the bottom of the fourth inning the Lady Patriots retaliated with three runs of their own to take a 5-3 lead in front of a boisterous and energetic home crowd.