RIO RANCHO – In a weekend in which the South All-Stars seemed to be winning nearly everything, the 4A/1A South softball team kept its end up with a three-game sweep of their North counterparts at Cleveland High School.
The winning began Friday afternoon, when the South got an 11-4 victory, capping off the night with an 11-9 win Friday night.
In between those two games, Ruidoso’s Lia Mosher – fresh off her appearance in the South’s volleyball win the night before – took top honors in the home run derby.
“It wasn’t too crazy (going from volleyball to softball),” Mosher said. “Softball finished up just a couple of weeks ago, so we’re still in the swing of things there. It was nothing crazy.”
A win Saturday completed the sweep and solidified the South’s dominance in softball at the small-school level.
Joining Mosher on the team was teammate Ashleigh Carpenter and Capitan catcher Cheyenne Marrs.
“I’m super thankful to be here,” Carpenter said. “There’s so many people that could be here. I’m glad I’m one of them.”
Marrs – the only catcher on the South roster – played every single inning of all three games as a result, and she came through in a big way. She was 4-for-4 at the plate in the first game, including two doubles.
She kept getting on base in game two, as well, whether it was base hits or walks.
It was also fitting that she got the final out of the night on Friday, laying out to catch a soft pop up behind the plate.
“I was comfortable from the start, just felt good to make contact,” Marrs said. “I just stuck the bat out there and made contact.”