In the swing of things

Mustangs pitcher Miranda Quesada on the mound, Feb. 13
Mustangs pitcher Miranda Quesada on the mound, Feb. 13

Delta College’s softball team is rounding the bases early and often, at the start of the 2014 season.

The Lady Mustangs have the ability to cover ground in the outfield, show good range on the infield and remain discipline at the plate.

Jim Fisher enters his seventh season as head coach. The team is looking forward to competing at a high level against the competition in the Big 8 Conference.

On Feb. 13, Delta played against San Jose City College, in a close game that proved the Lady Mustangs are determined to finish games on a high note.

The Lady Mustangs got on the scoreboard in the first inning with a base hit RBI double by freshmen Selena Gonzalez, bringing in fellow freshmen Kodee Johnson for the run.

Starting pitcher Miranda Quesada managed to keep the San Jose hitters off balance for most of the entire seven innings she was on the mound.

The freshmen maintained control of the game and the defense behind her made several athletic plays on the field.

“I usually share the game with Tatiana Beilstein, so I was trying to work my hardest to stay in the game,” said Quesada. “I’m pretty confident in my team, I know they have my back and I have theirs.”

By the end of the third inning, Delta was in control of the game with a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, sophomore Jaime Costa smacked a solo homerun over the fence in left field that brought the crowd in attendance to their feet.

“We knew playing against San Jose was going to be a tough game, so we came prepared to play,” said Costa.

San Jose made things interesting in the closing moments of the game.

Krystal Brock hit a solo homerun to start the seventh inning, which made the score 3-2.

Quesada, however, was able to withstand San Jose’s last attempt at making a comeback and pitched a complete game, striking out four batters in the process.

The win over San Jose improved Delta’s record to 4-1.

The team has since defeated Yuba and Butte College, bringing the Lady Mustangs overall record to six wins and one loss.

Delta’s next game is at home, against Reedley College on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.