ALAMOSA —Adams State Softball earns their second conference win in game two of their doubleheader against Black Hills State. The Grizzlies and Yellow Jackets posted a tough defensive battle in game one, falling 1-3 and heated up their bats in game two winning 20-9 over Black Hills State.
Both Grizzlies and Yellow Jackets battled it out defensively throughout the first game. Black Hills State and Adams State posted a three up, three down first inning. The Grizzlies got their first hit in the top of the second with a double to right. The Yellow Jacket pitcher followed up with three strikeouts. The Yellow Jackets got their first hit in the bottom of the third from a single up the middle.
Kyrah Archibald broke the Grizzlies dry spell with an inside-the-park home run down the right-field line. Adams State led 1-0 moving into the bottom half of the inning. The Yellow Jackets quickly responded with a one-out, home run to tie the game at one. With scoreless fifth and sixth innings, the Yellow Jackets crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 3-1 over the Grizzlies.
Kyrah Archibald, Analiese Rodriguez and Sydney Muniz all went 1-3 in game one, totaling Adams State’s three hits. Kelty Key was inside the circle for the Grizzlies today, completing 6.1 innings, and faced 23 at-bats. The Yellow Jackets pitcher, Crystal Amaral earned the win collecting 10 strikeouts on the day.
Game two was a very different game than the first. Adams State got things started off in the top of the first. Samantha McDonald led the inning off, getting on base by an error. Alyssa Castaneda hit a sac bunt to advance McDonald to second. Tyler Hays singled to center and moved McDonald over to third. Rodriguez hit an RBI groundout to put the Grizzlies up 1-0 in the top of the first. The Yellow Jackets did not respond until the bottom of the second. With two outs, Black Hills State hit a ground-rule double, followed by a single to score their first run.
The Grizzlies bounced back in the top of the third, starting with a double down the left-field line by Hays. With the bases loaded from back-to-back walks, Maya Ramos-Moreno doubled to deep right to score Hays and Rodriguez. Sydney Muniz joined in on the fun and crushed a three-run home run to left field.
The Grizzlies led 6-1 as they moved into the top of the fourth. With two on and two outs, Shelby Haskins hit a ground-rule double to score McDonald. Moreno followed up with a single to score Hays, putting the Grizzlies up 8-1. Muniz came up again with two aboard and hit a bomb to centerfield for her second three-run home run of the game. Adams State led 11-1 moving into the bottom of the fourth.
Black Hills State responded with 8 runs on six hits to close the gap. With two outs and bases loaded, the Yellow Jackets hit a single to right to score two. Black Hills continued their momentum following with two singles and a double, cutting the Grizzly lead, 11-7. The Yellow Jackets continued to battle, hitting a two-run home run.
Only leading 11-9 moving into the top of the fifth, Adams State rallied back. Hays again got the inning started with a base hit. After a walk to Haskins, Moreno hit a single to second to score Hays. Muniz came through, yet again, with a base clearing triple to centerfield. Now leading 15-9, Adams State continued their rally reaching on two consecutive errors. McDonald hit a single to the pitcher to score their 16th run. The Grizzlies put up three more, reaching on errors and a single by Castaneda. The Grizzlies closed the game in five innings winning 20-9 over Black Hills State.
Sydney Muniz was the player of the game for Adams State, going 3-4 with 8 RBIs, two three-run home runs and a triple. Moreno was also a player of the game going 4-4 with 4 RBIs. Tyler Hays was also a very influential offensive player, going 4-5 with one RBI. Jade Garbiso led the Grizzlies in the circle, pitching a complete five innings, facing 26 at-bats and totaled 6 strikeouts.
The Grizzlies will be back out on the road next weekend for a pod series in St. George, Utah. The Grizzlies will take on Colorado Mesa and Dixie State Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15.