Jaguar softball has no trouble with Highland; long break lies ahead

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There wasn't much opportunity for the Valencia High softball team to play Tuesday, but at least the Lady Jaguars had a game to play.

That's more than they'll have for the next 12 days.

The Jags, who rolled past struggling Highland, 22-0, in three innings on Tuesday, were set to host a doubleheader against Aztec on Friday after News-Bulletin press time. They don't have another game scheduled until Thursday, March 22 trip to Rio Grande.

"The long break will be a good time to heal up some of our bumps and bruises," said VHS coach Jeff Young. "Our schedule is all in clumps, so the Rio Grande game will be a tune-up for the Rio Rancho tournament and district."

Tuesday, the Class 4A Jaguars improved to 2-2 with the mercy-rule win over 5A Highland (0-2). They didn't really get any competition from the Hornets, who had to leave both of the regular pitchers behind due to one with a prior commitment and another who was found to be academically ineligible. The Hornets' Markie'sha Johnson, who had never pitched in a game before, tried to be effective, but the Jags still scored 22 runs on only 11 hits in two innings.

Miranda Kittredge, Christina Griego and many other Jaguars all walked at least once and scored at least one run.

Molly Holliday, fresh from playing in the VHS girls basketball team's season-ending state tourney loss a few hours earlier, even got some playing time. She played shortstop, where she's expected to help lead the team this year, and had a bunt single.

The Friday doubleheader against Aztec was recently added after a four-game Farmington-area tournament was snowed out. Aztec is one of the top teams in 4A.

"Those are two tough ones, so we'll probably give them Saturday and Sunday off this weekend," said Young.


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