“The kids started coming together,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “They came out ready to play today and lit it up on fire.”
Sparks was led by Jocelyn Vasquez from the circle as the sophomore hurler allowed just two hits in the first tilt and one in the second, guiding the Railroaders to victory.
“She’s maturing and she’s learning how to become a good pitcher,” Avilla said of his ace. “She’s challenging girls when she needs to. Pitching is about getting around kids and not letting people damage you and she’s learning that. She did a very good job today. She got the ball hit to the kids and let them work behind her. She only had four strikeouts in the first game and four in the second, so our defense was stellar.”
Vasquez also chipped in on the wins with her bat, sending a three-run homer over the fence. Madisyn Lock also got in on the act, hitting a pair of solo dingers before topping her day off with a three-run shot. Sparks collected 33 hits on the day, with 17 coming in Game 1 and 16 in the finale.
“They had a lot of discipline today,” Avilla said. “Today the kids just had it, and they did real well. Their approach to the plate was great.”
With just four games left, Sparks (11-10, 7-3) will look to close out their season strong with hopes of reaching the Division I-A North playoffs. The Railroaders will visit Wooster in a non-league contest Friday at 3:45 p.m. before facing Truckee in a trio of games next week.