SANTA FE SPRINGS >> St. Paul High School didn’t win the Del Rey League softball title last season, The Swordsmen are hoping to change that in 2017.Thursday they took a step in that direction.Tatum Anzaldo hit a two-run home run and had three RBIs and St. Paul took the first advantage over rival Bishop Amat with a 6-1 victory in the league opener at Jersey Fields.
Nia Carter had three hits and scored three runs and Sydnee Krattenmaker had a two-run triple for the Swordsmen (3-1). Alexis Bermudez gave up seven hits and struck out three for her third victory. Bryanna Perez had three hits for the Lancers (2-7-1).
Anzaldo, after Bishop Amat cut it to 2-1 in fifth, had the big hit and turned the edge back to St. Paul. She drilled a line-drive to center field, which easily scored Carter for a 3-1 lead and she beat the throw home for the inside-the-park homer and a 4-1 advantage.
Krattenmaker all but sealed with a two-run triple to left-center field in the sixth for a 6-1 advantage.
Bermudez got in a little trouble in the sixth, but induced Alyssa Avalos to line into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and second.
Bermudez retired the Lancers in order in the seventh, ending the game by catching a line drive by Gabby Bracamonte.
St. Paul’s Tatum Anzaldo: “I think (what happened last season) is the biggest part of winning this game today. We want to take it (the Del Rey League title) back. We want what’s ours.”
Bishop Amat’s Bryanna Perez: “We just have to talk more,” Perez said. “We did our best; we’ll try to get them next time.”
— Stephen Ramirez