ALAMOSA – Last season, the Alamosa High School softball team split a pair of games with James Irwin. The loss was a Tri-Peaks League game.
This year the Lady Mean Moose were looking to avoid that and they were successful. After winning the non-league contest at Colorado Springs earlier in the year, Alamosa recorded the sweep as it scored a 12-0 victory at the Lee Field Complex.
“We told the girls this was a game that we had to come out and make a statement in, and they came out and played well,” said Alamosa coach Dominic Lomeli.
Aiding the Lady Mean Moose was pitcher Shea Jordan who threw a no-hit shutout.
“She threw very well at Lamar too,” Lomeli said. “So I think at the end of the season the confidence is up. She filled up the strike zone and good things like that happen when you force contact and be aggressive.”
“I was just not thinking and just throwing,” Jordan said. “And mechanics. “I had a good defense behind me. Today we came out to play.”
Alamosa started strong by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Amaya Garcia and Kacey Hillis both drew walks and both advanced on a wild pitch. Lexi Heredia then singled home both runners for a 2-0 lead.
Addison McCarroll also walked and Caitlin Creel singled to score Heredia. Brooke Gonzales was safe on an error and McCarroll scored on the play.
The Lady Mean Moose scored one run in the second. Miranda Geringer had a two-out infield single and she came home on Heredia’s double.
Alamosa scored four more times in the third. Creel led off by receiving a base on balls, and Gonzales reached on an outfield error. Creel scored on Araceli Molina’s bunt, and Gonzales scored on Garcia’s ground out.
Hillis continued the inning with a walk, and Myissa Duran, who was courtesy-running for Hillis, scored on Geringer’s single.
The Lady Mean Moose wrapped up then scoring with a three-run fourth. Gonzales led off by getting hit by a pitch, and Alicia Rios followed with a double. Molina was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Garcia singled to score Adrian Cordova, who was pinch-running for Gonzales, and also Rios.
After Hillis was also hit by a pitch, Heredia singled home Molina to end the game on the 12-run rule.
Jordan’s no-hitter saw her strike out four batters and walk four.
Alamosa had eight hits and it was led by Heredia who went 3-3 with a double and four RBIs. Geringer went 2-4 with one RBI.
Alamosa (7-9, 1-2) will head back to the Arkansas Valley today as it will face 10th-ranked La Junta. First pitch at Tippy Martinez Field is at 4 p.m.
“We’re excited for another tough challenge,” Lomeli said. “We’ll see if the girls rise to the occasion.”
Alamosa 12, James Irwin 0
James Irwin 000 0 – 0 0 4
Alamosa 414 3 – 12 8 0
Peters (L) and Pritchard. Jordan (W) and Hillis.