High School Softball: St. Paul, La Serna split doubleheader

From left, St. Paul’s Koreen Orozco, Krystal Gutierrez and Jazmine Martinez celebrate a double play during Tuesday’s game against La Serna. (Leo Jarzomb / Staff Photographer)

By Eric Terrazas, Staff Writer

SANTA FE SPRINGS – St. Paul High School’s Tuesday home doubleheader against La Serna turned to be an offensive show on both ends.

The host Swordsmen dropped the opener 12-6 but won the nightcap 11-9.

Lovie Lopez paced the Swordsmen (7-4) with two hits and five RBIs. Krystal Gutierrez had three hits and an RBI.

Swordsmen starting pitcher Koreen Orozco threw a complete game in the victory and also hit a two-run home run.

Five players drove in runs for La Serna (7-6), which was led by Molly Bourne’s three RBIs. Raeanne Martinez and Dana De La Torre each drove in two runs for the Lancers.

St. Paul coach Roberta Argott said the split against a good La Serna squad should bode well as the season progresses.

“For us to face them and put up a lot of runs gives us a lot of confidence,” Argott said. “We were struggling to get on base but our runners definitely got on base today. I’m very proud of them. The girls were happy with their swings.

“I told them to keep up that same confidence and to continue to hit the ball hard.”

The second game was a roller-coaster in which La Serna jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after its first two at-bats.

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