A New Beginning for the Lady Blackhawks

Last week was tough for the Lady Blackhawks, as they lost to their main rival, the Palm Desert Aztecs, twice with scores of 2-1 and 4-0 on April 3 and 6, respectively. During both games, Briana DeLara ‘20 pitched phenomenally and Beatriz Ojeda ‘19 caught well.

On Tuesday’s game in the fifth inning, a pop fly was hit to Ojeda, almost catching the ball, but it bounced out of her glove causing the runner on second to go third. DeLara miss-threw the ball, so then the runner made it to home, earning one run for the Aztecs.

On Friday’s game in the last inning, Luisa Velasquez ‘20, right fielder, hit a line drive towards left field, making it the only solid hit out of the whole game for La Quinta.

The Lady Blackhawks are devastated by their losses, but yet still motivated to achieve more than ever. Chloe Rodriguez ‘19, utility player, said, “Despite the losses, there [are] good things to take away from the games and now we just have some adjustments to make, but it’s definitely not over for the LQ softball team. We look forward to making a run in CIF.”

Emile Cabanyog ‘19, left fielder, also added, “Our tradition was never broken, only the streak of just winning came to an end. Our tradition is our program and the way we work hard to the last inning and facing adversity. Our tradition is being a family and keeping each other up no matter how hard it is to swallow a tough loss. Softball is a game of failure, we win as a team we lose as a team, what counts is how hard our bounce back is, not just our set back.”

Next year, all high school softball teams in the Coachella Valley will be placed in a new league called Desert Elite League, which means that all desert high school teams will now play against each other rather than being categorized. This could be considered a fresh start and a new experience for the Lady Blackhawks.