Gustine broke on top last Tuesday in a Southern League softball matchup of West Side rivals, but the Lady Warriors had the final say.
After a two-out double by Lalani Brace produced the game’s initial run, Orestimba answered with seven in its half of the first and went on to win 17-5 in five innings.
A walk and an error set the stage for Orestimba’s big inning, and the Lady Warriors capitalized with a hit parade that included singles from Deborah Torres, Sarah Millan, Ciaira Lopes, Anakaren Jimenez and Victoria Vasquez.
It was more of the same in the second, when Orestimba put up five more runs. Lopez and Jimenez hit safely for the Lady Warriors, who again took advantage of free passes to extend their lead.
Gustine got a run back in the third when Cassidy Kuden belted a triple and scored, only to see Orestimba put up three more runs in its half of the inning. A base hit by Torres sparked the rally. Mariah Robinson hit safely later in the inning.
Gustine plated two in the fourth, taking advantage of base hits by Brace, Selina Lopes and Stacey Oliveira.
The Lady Warriors finished their scoring in the bottom of the frame, when Millan put the exclamation point on the OHS win with a two-run homer.
Gustine collected a run in the fifth when Kuden doubled and scored on a two-out base hit by Viviana DeLaCruz.
Jimenez, Torres, Millan and Lopes each had two hits for Orestimba.
Kuden and Brace collected two hits each for the Lady Reds.
Ripon Christian 5, OHS 2
Orestimba fell behind 4-0 in the early going and was unable to erase the deficit in a league loss to Ripon Christian Thursday.
The Lady Warriors left runners stranded in scoring positions in four of the first five innings before breaking through with two runs in the sixth.
A double by Adriana Contreras provided an offensive spark for the West Siders. She eventually scored on an error to put Orestimba on the board, and the Lady Warriors added a second run when Jimenez delivered a two-out, RBI single. Orestimba had the opportunity to turn the frame into a bigger inning but left the bases loaded.
Jimenez had three of Orestimba’s eight hits on the afternoon.
Orestimba finished the week with a 3-4 Southern League record.
Le Grand 14, GHS 5
Gustine matched visiting Le Grand run for run through the middle innings Thursday - but then the Bulldogs pulled away late with nine runs over the final two innings.
Le Grand capitalized on Gustine fielding errors, which contributed to a number of Bulldog runs.
Despite that, Gustine was able to play the Bulldogs on even terms through five innings.
After scoring single runs in each of the first two innings - including a lead-off home run by Kuden in the bottom of the first - Gustine found itself down 5-3 midway through the fifth but plated two to tie it. A Kuden triple was the key hit of that inning.
But Le Grand took the lead for good with three in the sixth, and plated six more in the seventh to seal the win.
Kuden was a base hit shy of hitting for the cycle, finishing with a homer, double and triple.
DeLaCruz had two hits for the Lady Reds.
Gustine finished the week with a 1-6 Southern League mark.