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Williams softball outlasts Hamilton City

The Yellowjackets’ Xochitl Hernandez throws a pitch in a photo taken last month. Hernandez earned the win in the circle when Williams defeated Hamilton City 10-8 on April 26.

On the road last Tuesday, the Yellowjackets softball team scored two runs in the top of the seventh to break the 8-8 tie, then kept Hamilton City off the board in the home half of the frame to claim the 10-8 victory.

It was the first Mid-Valley League win for Williams this season and its first in conference since 2011.

The beneficiaries of 15 free passes on the day, the ‘Jackets capitalized on walks to Alexa Barerra and Emily Mendez, who both came around to score for what was the difference in the game.

Evelyn Garcia finished 3 for 3, while Madison Davalos, and Xochitl Hernandez each recorded a hit.

Hernandez also picked up the complete game win in the circle, limiting the Braves to just four hits and working through nine walks.

In the field, newcomer Kimberly Guevara made three outfield putouts, including the catch to preserve the win.

Coming off Spring Break, the ‘Jackets had only one practice prior to the game, but they shook off the rust and persevered as Coach Mingy Altamirano explained,

“We struggled with batting in the first couple innings and made some errors in the field, but my captains kept encouraging the team and they did not stop working,” said the second year head coach. “I’m very proud of their improvement thus far.”

Unfortunately for the Yellowjackets, they could not replicate their success and fell 13-9 at home to the Braves last Friday, although no statistics were available.

Williams (2-13, 1-6) had a make-up game in Biggs on Monday.

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