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Spring forward: Girls prep softball preview

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: BELEN PITCHER Emma Gonzales, left, shown pitching against Atrisco Heritage this past Saturday, is one of six juniors on the Eagles squad this season and one of the team’s key players.

When the 2013 softball season closed, the Los Lunas Tigers were the top of the heap in Valencia County, having finished second in District 6-4A before winning a dramatic first-round game at the state tournament before falling to eventual state runners-up Aztec in the double-elimination portion of the playoffs.

Strong to the finish

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Bulletin photo: VALENCIA DEFENDERS Miranda Chavez (30), Brenda Baeza (23) and Savannah Stump, far right, battle for the ball with Los Lunas’ Teige Zeller (33) during the Tigers’ 55-38 win at Valencia Friday night.

The first two quarters of the girls basketball game between Los Lunas and Valencia were exactly like the first two games the teams played this season. But that's where the similarities ended.