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Delhi softball clinches playoff spot
Delhi softball
Delhi starting pitcher Alyssa Stockton gets ready to deliver a pitch in a game earlier this season. Stockton tossed a complete game shutout in a critical postseason clinch in Fridays 2-1 win over Le Grand. - photo by Journal file photo

One game was all that was needed to clinch a playoff spot for the young and inexperienced Delhi High softball team — and the Hawks pulled off the win in convincing fashion.

The Delhi Hawks captured a huge 2-1 victory over Southern Athletic League foe Le Grand on Friday at home, capping it off in walk-off fashion as they celebrated their return to the postseason.

Delhi starting pitcher Alyssa Stockton threw a complete game, allowing only one run on five hits and struck out 11 to help secure the much-needed win.

“The game was great on both sides. It was an exciting game, Aly [Stockton] was on her game, she pitched exceptionally well,” Delhi head coach Tami Tela said with excitement. “She pitched very good today, kept her composure on the field.”

Stockton has now tallied over 196 strikeouts this season in 115 and 2 /3 innings pitched to go with her ERA of 1.27.

With the win, the Hawks are 10-3 in the SAL, which is good enough for third place behind Mariposa and ahead of Le Grand (8-5).

The Hawks struck first in the bottom of the third after Stockton laid down a hard RBI single to drive in Cynthia Aguilera to go up by one.

With the inconsistent bats of the Hawks and a dominating pitcher, it seemed like that would be enough but the Bulldogs tied it in the top of the sixth heading into the final inning.

Finally, in the bottom of the seventh, and with two outs, Roxana Pimentel slapped up an RBI blooper between left and center field as Bianca Nunez scored the game-winning run.

“We're going to see what will happen in the playoffs; if we hit the ball we will be fine, it’s when we don’t hit that we struggle,” said Tela.

Delhi will celebrate senior night on Tuesday as they cap off their regular season at 4 p.m. against Turlock Christian at home.

“We are still up and down, the inexperience is part of it but with the preseason games in Sacramento helped us and showed us in the last game… I am pretty excited about senior night, last game for us and look forward to that,” Tela added.