Irvington Girls Softball dominates Mission in the final game of the season

By Channing Whitaker | Staff Writer

On May 21, Irvington’s Girls varsity softball team faced off against Mission San Jose High School at Mission San Jose. In the final game of the season, the Vikings defeated the Mission San Jose Warriors 21-1 in a run-rule victory with the game lasting only five innings.

Starting down 0-1 in the top of the second inning, the Lady Vikings offense took over the games scoring nine times in the inning capped off by senior Julisa Nunez’s 2 run single to lead 9-1 having momentum throughout the rest of the game.

“We were patient offensively,” according to senior third baseman Dahlen Dennis. “With slower pitching we have always struggled with that but, we did well against Mission.”

Irvington added on to their offensive explosion scoring two runs in the third inning, three runs in the fourth inning, and seven runs in the fifth inning increasing the lead to 21-1 which ended up being the final score.

In terms of pitching in the circle for the Vikings, seniors RaeAnne Atfield and Nicole Pomba combined for five innings of one-run ball with Atfield getting the win pitching three innings and Pomba coming in relief to pitch the last two innings of the game.

“My command was pretty good,” Atfield said. “I was hitting my corners and spots and when my changeup was working, I was very successful against the Mission hitters.

While relief pitcher Nicole Pomba stated, “My curveball was really on point. Not being able to pitch the entire season, having the opportunity to pitch the last two innings of my senior year made me feel incredible.”

The Irvington Varsity Girls Softball team finished the season 8-15-1 (5-9 in MVAL). After the long season came to an end, head coach Mrs. Martin reflected on this particular softball season.

“We had so many illnesses and injuries and as a team, we never got to see our full potential,” said head coach Mrs. Martin. “In general, I will miss the girls and Assistant coach Ken. In addition, I will also miss seeing what this team does on the field.”

Senior Julisa Nunez in the third inning ready to hit. PC: Channing Whitaker
Senior Julisa Nunez in the third inning ready to hit.
PC: Channing Whitaker