Chavez softball overwhelms Verdugo Hills homering twice in a dominanting 16-0 win
Riding high on a four game winning-streak, the Verdugo Hills Dons entered a road matchup on Wednesday, April 26th, 2023 against East Valley League rival Chavez looking to close the gap with the first place Eagles. Ranked 5th in the Division I LA City Section, the Eagles were looking to shake off their tournament loss to Simi Valley. Having already scored an alarming 223 runs on the season, Chavez once again relied on their power hitting with two home runs in a 16-0 shutout win on Wednesday. The Eagles have now won nine of their last ten games, establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with heading into the playoffs. The Dons have now dropped their third league contest of the season, and have been swept in the season series with Chavez.
Junior pitcher Kailey Duran for the Eagles took the mound against sophomore pitcher Julie Aguilar of the Dons. She set the tone early with a scoreless inning to start the game in the top of the 1st inning. Chavez was then able to give her an early lead, adding a run in the bottom of the first to put the Eagles up 1-0. After Duran shut down three more hitters in the top of the 2nd inning, the Eagles caught fire at the plate in the bottom of the inning. With senior shortstop Isabella Munoz on second base and down to their last out, junior second baseman Mya Corona added a double to knock in Munoz. Duran then showed off her offensive repertoire with a double of her own to bring Corona home. Sophomore catcher Jessica Ramos proceeded to crush one of the Eagles two home runs on the day to give them a 5-0 lead.
The Dons were able to get a single in the top of the 3rd inning from sophomore outfielder Jasmine Aquino, but were unable to add any runs to chip away at the deficit. The Eagles were then able to blow the game wide open in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Once again down to their last out with senior first baseman Audrey Campos on first base, Munoz added another double to bring her home. The dominance at the plate continued for the Eagles, as Munoz’s RBI was the start of five consecutive hits which added five more runs to extend their lead to 11-0. Duran retired three consecutive hitters in the top of the 4th inning to continue her shutout performance.
With a comfortable lead, the Eagles never took their foot off the gas in the bottom of the 4th inning, as Campos and freshman outfielder Melanie Reynoso started the inning with back-to-back singles. Adding insult to injury for the Dons, Munoz knocked the Eagles’ second home run out of the park to add three more runs to their tally. After two consecutive hits following the home run, Ramos added another double to extend the Eagles lead to 16-0. Duran preserved the shutout in top of the 5th inning with another scoreless inning before the game was called off due to the Mercy Rule.
Chavez head coach Stephanie Boshae credits the team’s success at the plate to every player understanding their role, “ From one to nine, each kid knows that they have a job. First off, get runners on base. Second off, we’re worried about moving them over”. She adds, “We have some natural power hitters, but that’s not our main focus. The main focus is putting the ball in play and advancing runners. The home runs and the big hits, those will come”. Coach Boshae knows her team staying within their roles is a major key going into the playoffs, “Everyone sticking to the plan, knowing their role as a teammate. Knowing what they gotta do. Execute in certain situations”. The Eagles look to finish the season strong in an upcoming non-league tournament matchup against Carson on Saturday. The Dons will look to get back on track in league matchup against Monroe on Friday.