Softball finishes season
Varsity softball lost to Diamond Ranch in its last home league game 2-13 on Wednesday, May 9.
During the first inning, second baseman junior Alyssa Carrion and first baseman senior Valerie Carrion secured two outs against Diamond Ranch. Despite being down 0-4 by the end of the first inning, Walnut was able to score a run the following inning, bringing the score to 1-6.
“When playing, I felt pretty good behind the plate. It was my first time playing in a while, so I felt really nervous. I knew that I had to just take a breath in and do the best for my team,” catcher senior Vivian Moya said. “I felt happy and sad at the same time because I felt good playing as I contributed but sad as it was my last game.”
At the top of the third inning, Walnut caught two of Diamond Ranch’s hits, but the Panthers ended the inning with seven more runs, bringing the score 1-13. While batting in the fourth inning, Valerie Carrion hit the ball to third base, which allowed batter junior Princess Matavao to get to second base.
“I thought the game went really [well], since I caught a couple throws and a few hits as well. I was excited and sad at the same time because it was my last game ever. I had a lot of emotions and the game felt bittersweet,” left fielder senior Kayla Khouzam said.
In the last inning, pitcher sophomore Ricki Garay struck out one of Diamond Ranch’s hitters, which prevented Diamond Ranch from scoring. This led Khouzam to score Walnut’s last run of the season before Walnut’s last two hitters were out.
“Although we lost, overall it was pretty good as it was my last game being a senior. We put all our effort and we did our best, and I think that is what counts the most,” shortstop senior Gianna Chavez said. “We also improved our respect to each other and learned to understand and work things out together.”
By Jacob Khuu, Staff writer
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez