Senior pitcher and captain Izzy Ortiz (4) pitches during the seventh inning to close out the game. Ortiz threw 98 pitches through seven innings allowing only five hits and earning her third shutout of the season as well as improving her earned run average to 2.42. PHOTO BY MARC YANOFSKY

Senior pitcher and captain Izzy Ortiz (4) pitches during the seventh inning to close out the game. Ortiz threw 98 pitches through seven innings allowing only five hits and earning her third shutout of the season as well as improving her earned run average to 2.42. PHOTO BY MARC YANOFSKY

By Marc Yanofsky

Bonita Vista High’s (BVHS) softball team teed off on April 21 against the Olympian High School Eagles, beating Olympian 1-0 for the second time this season and increasing the Barons’ win streak to six.

“We played Olympian earlier this season and beat them 5-2, so I feel like winning the game 1-0 wasn’t our best performance. We just have to jump on teams early,” sophomore catcher Madison Pacini said.

Both teams were shutout in the first inning with two outs to first base and one fly ball to second.  The umpire called a timeout between the second and third inning after a gopher snake went onto the field, ultimately ending up in Bonita’s dugout. Unable to remove the snake, Olympian security called the San Diego Fire Department, which prompted a 19 minute break.

“The lack of energy took them out [mentally] in at-bats. I think it was a lack of mental focus today so if we can improve on that mentality [then] that alone would be a big step forward for us,” assistant coach Alejandro Jordan said.

In the third inning, the Barons were unable to take advantage of a hit and later a stolen base by junior shortstop Kamalani “Lani” Graft, leaving her on second base. Olympian was once again shut out and remained without a hit through three innings.

“Towards the middle of the lineup, [Olympian has] some big hitters on their team and [Graft] stayed down on all those balls, [getting] us a lot of outs when we needed it. [That] got us out of a whole lot of jams,” senior captain and pitcher Izzy Ortiz said.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Barons capitalized on errors commited by Olympian to score the single run of the game. Pacini made it to first base after being walked and later to second base after sophomore second baseman Maricris “Crissy” Ramirez hit a single to left field. Senior outfielder Alicia Ontiveros came in as a pinch-runner for Pacini. Both Ontiveros and Ramirez stole second and third base. Ontiveros then stole home plate on an error while Ramirez made it to third base, making the score 1-0. Olympian had their first two hits in the fourth inning.

“Usually this is a team we beat, so [we needed] to stay positive, and not overlooking the opponent, We need to [take] the game one step at a time, not trying to do too much and just go base to base, hit to hit,” senior captain and centerfielder Aaliyah Jordan said.

Graft, senior second baseman Josielle “JoJo” Nicolas and sophomore first baseman Arianna Miranda worked together to create a double play, going from second base to first base, and tagging the Olympian runners out to close off the sixth inning.

“Today was not our best performance. I think we’re ranked much higher than Olympian but we did not show that on the field. It was just a bad day despite the win,” Aaliyah Jordan said. “Izzy Ortiz pitched really well and the other team didn’t get many hits, which really helped us get out on top.”

The Barons are currently 16-5 and in first place in league standings, leading Mater Dei by three games. The Lady Barons look to extend their win streak at their next game on May 5 against Otay Ranch.

“It was a little bit of lackluster, [there was] not a lot of energy like we normally have. I’m a little disappointed in that aspect, but defensively we played solid. In pitching and catching we did great, but we kind of failed today [offensively] so we’re hoping to pick it up next week,”  Alejandro Jordan said.