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Mabton girls fall short in league-opening twin bill

GOLDENDALE - The Mabton Lady Viking softball team opened SCAC league play last Friday with 22-2 and 13-1 losses at Goldendale.

In game one, the Timberwolves opened up a 10-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.

Mabton scored both of its runs in the fourth frame. Sandra Gonzalez, Cristina Gonzalez and Adis Vizcaino each delivered a base hit for the Lady Vikes.

Goldendale pounded 18 hits in the opener and benefitted from five Lady Viking fielding errors and 10 walks issued by Mabton pitching. The Timberwolves were able to end the contest in five innings on the 10-run rule because they plated 12 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The nightcap also ended in five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule, but it was a much better contest for the Lady Vikings. Mabton lost game two 13-1, but committed just one error and pitcher Risa Navarro issued just four free passes while striking out five batters.

Goldendale did most of its game-two damage in the second inning when it plated eight runs. The T-wolves added four more runs in the third frame to put the game away.

Mabton's run came in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI base hit by Vanessa Sanchez. Mabton's only other hit in game two was smacked by Vizcaino.

"The Mabton girls struggled in the first game, but picked it up in the second game," said Coach Jesus Sustaita. He also praised Goldendale's effort on Friday.

"Goldendale hit the ball well and did well in the field," he said of the Timberwolves who, on the day, committed just two errors in two games.

Mabton (0-2, 0-5-1) returns to action at home against Granger on Saturday, April 13.

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