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Hawks advance to semi-finals
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Delhis Selene Lopez gets one of her four hits down against Golden Sierra on Wednesday. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ / The Journal

In their first postseason appearance in over a decade, Delhi High’s softball team will advance to the semi-finals and are now just two wins away from the Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section Softball Tournament title. Delhi took down Golden Sierra High, 3-0, at the Lodi Softball Complex on Wednesday.

The Hawks have now won four of their last five games. They sit at 19-7 overall and have averaged over 6.5 runs per game. The consistency is evident as the team has over 33 stolen bags, with an on-base percentage of .401.

“It’s been a good year, can’t complain; they have worked hard since January, and it is showing in the camaraderie,” Delhi head coach Tami Tela said. “They get along great, even if it’s not all softball talk; they get along all-together.”

In the top of the third, the Hawks scored their first run after Selene Lopez drove in Veronica Cruiz on a RBI single. The second run was scored in the top of the fifth after Diamond Orozco hit an RBI single to shallow right field and drove in Cruiz, then a single made the bases loaded and with one out, Briana Lopez hit the sacrifice fly and scored Selene for the third and final run of the game.

“It’s our first year in the playoffs,” Tela said. “I am really excited for the girls, I am enthusiastic because they have worked hard to get here.”

Delhi’s sophomore star, Alyssa Stockton pitched a complete game no-hitter and allowed only two walks, and struck out 13 as she tossed only 87 pitches in the process of picking up the win —  her 18th victory of the season.

“Great performance overall; Aly did great at the mound,” Tela said. “I just wish we were a little more patient at the plate. We still have to learn how to sit and wait.”

The Hawks will now face off against Le Grand at 10 a.m. today at the Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton.

“We faced them in league,” Tela said. “I think we will overcome Le Grand, it will be our hitting that overcomes.”