Local softball players excelling at Dowling

Two locals are making an impact in their first season with the Dowling College softball team. The Golden Lions, who compete in the Division II East Coast Conference, are 21-9 overall, including a sparkling 17-1 at home.

Freshman designated Stephanie Tarango, out of Etiwanda High School, is hitting .333 (33-for-99) with 14 runs scored, five doubles and five home runs.

Junior pitcher Felicia Mendoza, out of Bloomington High School, is one of the team’s top pitchers. She holds a record of 6-2 with an ERA of 1.63 and batting average against of .177. She has allowed just 33 hits and struck out 59 in 52 innings.

Mendoza played two years at Riverside Community College before moving on to Dowling.