The Holtville High School Lady Viking Softball opened its 2018 home schedule with a back-and-forth game against the against the Calipatria Hornets on March 23 that ended in an 8-6 loss.
Fans said they were happy to see their team in action.
“I came out to the game to support my friends,” said Andy Rios, Holtville High student. “The bleachers were packed and many in attendance watched from behind the chain link fences and from foldable chairs.”
Another Holtville High student, Amanda Strahm, said, “The weather is nice and I like softball. That’s why I’m here.”
The first inning went to Calipatria as it scored the game’s first two runs.
The Vikings replied with a run of their own in the second inning. Emily Zarate earned a triple when she slid into third. She was originally called out, but the call was contested by Holtville Coach Snyder and overturned. Zarate scored in at the next at bat by Abby Garewal.
With the game tied at 2, the Vikings took the lead at the end of the fourth inning. Lexi Smith batted in Emily Zarate, putting the Vikings ahead, 3-2.
Later in the fourth inning, costly errors by the Viking defense allowed Calipatria two runs, giving the Hornets a 4-3 edge.
The fifth inning saw the Vikings rallying back with a strong showing as the team scored three more runs to go up, 6-4.
In the sixth inning Calipatria added four more runs to take the lead once again at 8-6.
Holtville Pitcher, Zamara Gutierrez, shut out Calipatria’s offense in the seventh and final inning. The game ended in the bottom of the seventh with Viking runners on first and third and a caught pop fly.
Holtville student Domeniq Garnett said, “Coach Snyder encouraged us students to attend. It went back and forth the whole time. It was a really good game.”