Host Mariposa rallied past Orestimba last Tuesday in a Southern League softball game with playoff implications.
The Lady Warriors built an 8-0 lead early and were still up by four going into the sixth, only to see the Grizzlies strike for six runs and send the West Siders home on the short side of a 13-11 final score.
The outcome strengthened Mariposa’s (4-3) hold on the Southern League’s fourth and final playoff berth, while dealing a setback to the post-season prospects of the Lady Warriors (3-5).
The outcome appeared unlikely just two innings into the game, as Orestimba built an 8-0 lead.
The Lady Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the first when Sarah Millan delivered a two-run single. Her base hit also gave Orestimba runners at second and third with none out, but the West Siders were unable to capitalize further.
Orestimba exploded for six more runs in the second - all of which scored with two out. Victoria Vasquez accounted for Orestimba’s first and last hits of the big inning, which also included singles by Shiloh Croffoot, Deborah Torres, Millan and Adriana Contreras, two walks and one batter hit by a pitch.
The Grizzlies began their comeback with three runs in the third, and scored four more in the fifth to make it a one-run game.
Orestimba picked up some breathing room with a three-run sixth. A two-run Millan double was the bit hit of that game, giving the Lady Warriors an 11-7 lead.
It wasn’t enough.
Mariposa completed its comeback with a six-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth, taking the lead for the first time.
Orestimba had an opportunity to answer back in the seventh, when Contreras led off the inning with a double and Ashley Taft drew a walk to put two aboard with none out, but the Grizzlies escaped without damage to put the win in the books.
Orestimba collected 16 hits on the day.
Millan led the hit parade with a four-for-five day at the plate, driving in four runs. Vasquez collected three hits on the afternoon, while Croffoot, Anakaren Jimenez and Contreras had two hits each. Ciaira Lopes, Torres and Haylee Medeiros also hit safely for Orestimba.