Softball: El Rancho makes it six of seven with 4-2 victory over California to stay in first

BIG HERO: El Rancho’s Alex Barcenas, scene here making a tag on California’s Meah Lopez, had a
key two-run double in the Dons’ 4-2 win to stay in first in the Del Rio League on Thursday.
(Staff photo by Keith Durflinger)

El Rancho High School can do no wrong these days, and the Dons continued to show it Thursday.
Alex Barcenas had a key two-run double and Jaime Ramirez was solid in the circle as El Rancho won for the sixth time in seven games to stay in first in the Del Rio League with a 4-2 victory over California.
Ramirez tossed a five hitter and struck out two as the Dons improved to 14-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. They began the day in a four-way tie for the lead with California, La Serna and Santa Fe.
The Condors, who got an RBI from Karly Perez, slipped to 11-6 and 2-2.
Also, California appeared to take a 3-1 on a two-run home run by Perez. But she was later ruled out on appeal for missing second base and credited with a single.
El Rancho coach Daisy Flores: “I just told my girls to just play your game. California is a really good team and (the Dons) could be a little nervous. But I said just play your game like you know you can, catch the ball, hit the ball and they far exceeded my expectations today.”
California coach Jim Kruse: “It’s just a judgement call. He said she missed it by four or five inches. I (didn’t) think so. But we can’t change that.”

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  • Dons

    Great win El Rancho keep it up!

  • Condor Dad

    Nice job Dons better to be lucky than good. The umpires really helped you today….

  • anonymous

    Congrats to #88 Senior Ramirez Jamie on a tremendous pitching performance today. She had a complete game and was never in trouble.

  • Steve

    @ Condor Dad, yes it is better to be lucky, always. However Cal is a very good team like most years. And this year is no different. Nonetheless you have to agree El Rancho played good today and deserved to win. The teams will meet again.

    As for the umpires; them not being up to par today, as long as they (umpires) call it both ways its all good.

  • Smith

    Gigantic win Dons.. Cal is a good softball team and the Condors will be just fine after this loss. And I think you ER girls will beat them again.

  • don

    just win baby……………..

  • anony

    what the umpires?….

  • Anonymous

    Cal High will be just fine. Remember Dons its not how you start its where you finish.

  • El Rancho

    @ Anonymous said: Cal High will be just fine. Youre completely right it is where you finish. Hopefully the players have a lot of fun with their quest for the top spot in the DRL

  • roxanne

    2 years in a row lucky??
    Thats right remember who broke that “winning streak” last year? šŸ˜‰
    HONOR to the BLUE AND GRAY!!!!!

  • ER Dons

    El Rancho defeats Pioneer 4-1; the Titans have a very young / good team this year. I believe this PHS team is gonna make some noise in the DRL the next couple of years.

  • anonymous

    Any other DRL softball scores?………….

  • anonymous ER

    Wondering: what did ERs # 17 Alex Barcenas do today? She is an awesome player.

    Alejandra drove in Rivas with a run-scoring single to center to win that game that snap Condors winning league streak at 29 last year.

  • Softball

    Hey what about Sanchez the pitcher last year? Anissa Sanchez threw a complete game to earn the win. She struck out four and allowed five hits – all singles. It was a close and great game..

  • hum

    who won today?