Imperial Valley Press

Vikes still alive in Div. V title hunt

- BY KARINA LOPEZ Sports Editor

H gameOLTVIL­LE — After a few conflicts caused the Holtville High softball team to reschedule a second-round from Saturday to Monday, the young team knew it’d have its work cut out in order to reach the CIF-San Diego Section Div. V championsh­ip game on Friday.

The team fell on Wednesday to Bayfront Charter, dropping to the lower bracket of the tourney, setting up a contest with No. 8 San Ysidro here on Monday.

While the No. 5 Vikes had a hard time reaching base against Bayfront Charter, the squad overcame any offensive woes against the visiting Cougars to record a 15-5 win and advance to the third round of the playoffs.

“Heading into this week, we knew the possibilit­y of playing in four games just to get to the final, but I think the girls were up for the challenge,” said Viking Head Coach Melissa Snyder.

Snyder noted it helped that the Vikings were able to play at home despite the windy conditions on Monday.

“I just told the girls that some of those (challenges) are what make this game worth playing,” Snyder said.

Although the Vikings gave up an early run to the Cougars in the second-round contest, the host squad jumped right on the board in the bottom of the first after Fernanda Reyes knocked in a bases-loaded double that scored three and gave Holtville a 3-1 advantage.

Reyes is just one of two seniors on the team and has blossomed this postseason, Snyder explained.

“I think her being a senior is definitely in the back of her mind, so it’s been great to see her find success at this point in the season,” Snyder said.

The Vikings continued to tack on runs throughout the game and with help from Zamara Gutierrez in the circle, worked to keep the Cougars off the bases for a majority of the game.

While San Ysidro would rally for a few runs in the fourth and fifth innings, the Vikings worked to bring in a few runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth to run-rule the visitors.

The Vikings will have a 24-hour turnaround as they are set to host No. 6 Maranatha Christian at 3:30 p.m. today in a third-round game.

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Holtville High’s Zamara Gutierrez delivers for the Vikings during their home game on Monday afternoon. KARINA LOPEZ PHOTO

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