The Sierra Stallions softball team struggled out the gates this season, but that slip didn’t deter them from their goal of a postseason berth.  

After starting the year 1-4, the Stallions improved to 6-5 after a 19-0 shut out victory on the road against Mitchell on Sept. 6.

The Stallions are just two wins shy of matching their total from last season when they finished 8-12 and played in the state tournament.

Excluding the season opener against Sheridan on Aug. 12, which Sierra won by forfeit, the Stallions scored four runs in seven games while allowing 47.

They’ve flipped the switch and have posted 64 runs and have allowed 26 while going 5-1 in the six-game span.

“It feels good,” said Sierra pitcher Marisa Reyes of getting over .500. “I feel like we’re working hard to get to the playoffs. We need to get that banner in our gym.”

Reyes, who ranks second in the state in strikeouts with 115, had 2 hits including a home run, three runs, 4 RBI and 8 strikeouts in the contest.

Samantha Venegas Medina led the team in hitting and RBI with 3 and 5, respectively, and had an inside-the-park home run in the contest.

Five other players had at least one hit including: Talim Ortega, Jessica Bonifas, Julissa Montes Acosta, Arianna Gonzalez and Joselyn Rivas.

Sierra heads to Elizabeth on Sept. 8 to face the Cardinals (5-4 overall) and look to build a five-game winning streak, a feat the Stallions have not accomplished in well over a decade.


Marcus Hill is a reporter for the Southeast Express and Schriever Sentinel. He graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2012 with a degree in Mass Communication.