With the weather not being a factor just yet, the Hilmar girls softball squad was able to pull off a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Central Catholic 6-5 in a non-league game on Monday.
“It was very nerve-racking and intense. But we have played a couple of games where we have come back before,” Hilmar head coach Taylor Hiyama said. “There have been games where we have come back but couldn’t finish so it’s nice to get the win.”
The ‘Jackets found themselves down 4-5 with only three outs left in the game and that is when the offense stepped up. Alexis Thomas and Valerie Ewing got on base to lead off and after a sac bunt, the runners were in scoring position.
With Thomas and Ewing ready to roll, CCs pitcher lost control, twice. Two pass balls later, the ‘Jackets' Thomas scored, followed by Ewing who would win it with a walk-off as they picked up their sixth win of the season and now are 6-5 overall.
“These girls are fighters and believe they can come back and win no matter who they are playing,” Hiyama said.
Marta Mitchell topped out with two RBIs for the day while Jazzlyn Ayala-Baca was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
With a tight playoff hunt in the Trans Valley League, the ‘Jackets will host a must-win game on Thursday against Ripon with a starting time of 4 p.m.