Softball enters season with eyes on the prize, despite slow start

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As the skies begin to clear and winter says its goodbyes, softball season reappears and the Lady Mustangs take the field this year with their eyes on the prize.

Four is the number of times Delta’s softball team has made the way to the state championship, but zero is the number of times the team has won.

The ladies would like to change that this year.

After a strong 13-5 victory over College of Sequoias to start the season, the team dropped the next two to Cabrillo and San Jose.

Through three games, the pitching and defense remains consistent giving up four to five runs a game.

However, the offense is a bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

After putting up 13 runs in the season opener, Mr. Jekyll reared his ugly head, as the bats have only been able to squirm two runs in the past two games.

The season is just beginning.

No one should hit the panic button yet, as the women have plenty of time to find their swing.

In order for the offense to pick up, offensive standouts Haylee Moran-Rowan and Taylor Barsi must remain constant.

The two have combined for a .500 batting average, five RBI, three XBH and have scored four runs.

The two ladies have started the season in symmetry with Moran-Rowan hitting leadoff and Barsi digging in two spots later to drive her in.

Nevertheless, it will take more than two players for the Mustangs to make this a season to remember.

To help with the struggling offense, pitching and defense must become key.

The pitchers have combined for a 4.42 ERA, 13 strikeouts, 23 hits in only 19 innings, but on the bright side the defense has only committed one error.

The Mustangs must connect each aspect of the team to start collecting more wins.

The Lady Mustangs look for some home cooking to spice up the offense when the team trots onto the Bucky Layland Softball Complex to take on Gavilan College and Feather River for a doubleheader on Feb. 22.