Yuma Softball Home Saturday – Yuma Pioneer
The Yuma High School softball team continues to strengthen its defenses.
“We have been concentrating on fixing the mistakes over the past week,” said coach Morgan Spencer. “If we can manage not to make a mistake after the first commit, we could reduce the large innings. I think we think about it too much sometimes. “
The Indians posted a win this week after being beaten by district rivals Wray 14-3 and 24-13 earlier last week.
Saturday’s double game with Holyoke was postponed to October 5, so the Indians trained for a full week before returning to action in Burlington last Tuesday. They’ll be back home on Saturday when they meet the Chase County, Nebraska Longhorns for a double header at 10 a.m.
“We could be pretty competitive if we got our defenses going,” said Spencer. “If you get 13 runs, you shouldn’t have to worry about not winning.”
The tribe never really started against Wray last week. The Eagles led 8-0 before Yuma finally scored in the bottom third of the third inning. That run came courtesy of Ajanay Aragon, who scored on a single and then scored on Makenzie Weathers’ single.
Yuma scored two more in game five when Jazmin Sotelo and Aragon met consecutive singles. Both advanced in the singles from Tiemy Montes, and Weathers both drove home with doubles.
Weathers led the offense with a doubles, a singles and driving in all three Yuma heats. The Indians had 10 hits. Sam Wells and Erin Allen both scored a double, Sotelo two singles and a run, Aragon two singles and two runs, and Montes and Jordan Glanz each a single. Sotelo took the pitching loss.
The tribe gave themselves chances in the nightcap but couldn’t stop Wray from scoring a goal in the 24-13 loss. Yuma had 15 hits, but Wray rapped 28.
The home girls took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, with doubles from Wells and singles from Aragon, Montes and Weathers. Wray was disfellowshipped in the second but broke through with two in the third. Yuma responded with Aragon and Montes, who on three points gave Yuma a 6-2 lead.
But then it turned into an exchange of blows.
Wray scored eight runs in the top of the fourth, but Yuma responded with four in the home half for a 10-10 draw. The rally included doubles from Sotelo and Aragon, with both scoring points. Wells singled and scored, and Weathers also scored.
However, Yuma simply couldn’t keep up when Wray regained a 15-10 lead in run five, while Yuma only scored one run thanks to Weathers. Wray then outperformed the tribe 9-2 in the last two innings and swept back east.
Aragon had three hits, including a double, and scored three runs, Wells had a double among her two hits and two RBI and two runs, Weathers three hits and three runs, Sotelo a double among her two hits and two runs, Adahil Diaz one single with two runs, Shannon Galloway one single and three RBI, Hannah Newton one run and Allen one hit and one RBI. Montes took the pitching loss.