ROSAMOND — The first five Rosamond batters scored on Tuesday in the High Desert League opener for the softball team.
The Roadrunners didn’t stop scoring until they built a 10-point lead against Frazier Mountain in the fifth inning in a 24-14 victory at Rosamond High School.
Rosamond (4-2, 1-0) actually trailed Frazier Mountain (3-3, 0-1) 2-0 before scoring nine runs in the bottom of the first. The Falcons took a 10-9 lead with eight runs in the second, but Rosamond answered with 11 runs in the bottom of the second.
“I feel, we could have played better, but I’m pretty proud of how we mercied them and how we stuck together ’til the very end,” Rosamond freshman Sarah Baltimore said. “You always come back. Your teammates are there for you. You’re going to score runs.”
After Rosamond junior Victoria Gomez reached on an error to lead off the first, Baltimore followed with a home run over the center-field fence.
Sophomores Kierstyn Padilla and Hannah Grimes followed by reaching base and both scored on an error.
Senior Maiah Watanabe then hit an inside-the-park home run to right field.
“Overall I think we did really good,” Watanabe said. “Even though there were errors, we quickly recovered and we were able to get back out there and score some runs and play an overall good game. It’s still a win.”
Later in the first inning, sophomore Emilie Smith scored on a wild pitch, Baltimore scored on an error and Padilla hit a two-run single, to take a 9-2 lead.
The Falcons scored eight runs on six hits and an error in the second inning.
“We played very sloppy today,” Rosamond coach Krista Reader said. “Defensively we were not sound. We made way too many errors on routine plays. One thing both of the pitchers were supposed to focus on today was reducing the number of walks, because that is something we’ve struggled with. For the most part the pitchers did that. We just didn’t play defense behind our pitching.
“It was not a good game for us defensively. Offensively I know we’re going to put the ball in play, so we did pretty well offensively. There were a couple of miscues here and there, strikeouts, base running. We definitely have a lot to clean up.”
Although Rosamond pitchers Kalli Reader, a freshman starter, and Desteny Holguin, a senior reliever, combined to give up 14 runs on 15 hits, they also combined for just one walk and six strikeouts.
The first 10 Rosamond batters reached base and scored in the bottom of the second inning, on six walks, one error, one hit batter and two hits — RBI singles by Grimes and Watanabe.
Frazier Mountain senior starting pitcher Emily Lira was replaced after failing to retire the first five batters in the second inning, but returned after her replacement walked three straight and then hit a batter.
Lira remained in the game, despite getting hit by a pitch in her throwing hand in the third inning.
“I think that this season we’ve been doing really good offensively and if we just keep it up, we’ll be doing good all league,” Watanabe said. “I think that we’ve been kind of in the middle. There’s been little bit of ups and little bit of downs, but we still recover very quickly and we try to get right back at it. I think we’ve been doing good so far, but we can definitely do better.”
Gomez led off the third with a single and scored on an error.
Gomez and Baltimore led off the fifth with back-to-back walks, Padilla followed with an RBI single and junior Cristina Esparza finished the game via the mercy rule with a two-run single that gave the Roadrunners a 10-run lead.
Rosamond sophomore Hannah Kirk, junior Ivy Martell and senior Trinity Dion also all reached base and scored for the Roadrunners. Martell had two singles.
The Roadrunners committed three errors, while Frazier Mountain made five errors.
“I would say defensively we really need to improve,” Baltimore said. “If we had defense and offense the same, we probably would have won that game a lot sooner.
“I’m pretty proud of how we’ve all come together. I’m new to the team and I don’t know a lot of people on the team, so I’m just glad how quickly we’ve come together as a team and bonded and got that connection.”
Watanabe, a second-year varsity player, believes communication and focus will help on defense.
“I think we need to work on communication and watching the ball more,” Watanabe said. “Besides that, I think that’s all we need to work on.”
Rosamond will play at Bishop on Friday
The Roadrunners lost five seniors from last year’s team, including three starters, that finished fourth in the High Desert League, behind third-place Frazier Mountain.
“We’re very young and inexperienced,” Frazier Mountain coach Sharon Lemburg said.