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Lady Vikings split league opening doubleheader

MABTON - The Mabton Lady Vikings softball squad split its league opening doubleheader against the visiting Columbia-Burbank team last Saturday.

Lady Viking Jazzee Sustaita struck out seven Columbia girls in the first game, allowing the opponents five runs on eight hits. Sustaita went 1-for-4 batting and Jesenia Meza was also 1-for-4 at the plate. Teammate Isabella Ahumada went 2-for-4 batting, while Adi Barajas was 1-for-3 at the plate, Marlen Chavez went 2-for-2 with one walk and Evelia Mendoza was 1-for-3 batting. Teresa Aceves was 2-for-3 at the plate and Sandra Gonzales was 1-for-3 batting.

Mabton started the game off strong with four runs in the first stanza. It wasn't until the third inning that Columbia caught up, recording four runs. In the fifth inning Mabton ran away with the game, tallying five runs. The Columbia girls were only able to come up with one run in the sixth, giving the Lady Vikes the win, 9-5.

Columbia Burbank stepped up to the plate in the second game, coming away with a win, 12-0.

Mabton Coach Jesus Sustaita says the Lady Vikes had a strong showing in the first game against Columbia Burbank. The Lady Vikings recorded nine runs on 11 hits and Mabton's defense had three errors.

"But it didn't hurt us," added Sustaita.

However, during the second game of the doubleheader against Columbia, Sustaita said the Mabton squad struggled at bat.

"But our defense played better than the first game, we only had one error," he said.

"Columbia Burbank just hit the ball better in the second game," Sustaita added.

In JV action last week, the Lady Vikings showed strong skills against Lyle last Thursday, coming away with a win, 14-0.

The Mabton softball squad (1-1, 2-3) next competes at Naches this Thursday, April 19.

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