The Kuna High School softball team suffered two heart-breaking losses but salvage the week with a dominating win.
Last Tuesday. April 16, the Lady Kavemen lost a pitcher’s duel to Skyview, 2-1. The Kavemen out hit and field their rivals, but couldn’t string their hits together to score more than one run.
On Thursday, April 18, Kuna hit the road and beat up on Columbia in just about every way possible, winning by a 10-0 score. Sophomore pitcher Nicole Arizana had just about the best day a person could have in a softball game, going five for five at the plate with five runs scored, a double, two triples, and a stolen base. In the circle, Arizana threw a six-hit shutout while striking out an incredible fourteen Wildcats while walking none. Senior outfielder McKenzie Callahan also had a great day, going 3-5 with two runs. Senior catcher Aubree Newman continues her hot hitting, going 3-5 with a triple and a run scored while also driving in five runs. Sophomore Savannah Nell added three hits, a run, and two RBI.
On Saturday, April 20, the Lady Kavemen suffered a gut-wrenching loss to Bishop Kelly high school. Things started out well, with Arizana shutting out the Knights for the first five innings. She then hit a home run and a double and, along with Newman’s two RBI and junior Adriana Reyna’s leadoff triple, Kuna pulled out to a 4-0 lead.
The top of the sixth inning saw BK touch up Arizana for six hits, to tie the game at four apiece. They would add three more hits and two more runs in the top of the seventh to pull ahead, 6-4. Arizana led off the bottom of the seventh with her second home run of the game, bringing the Lady Kavemen to within one, but the rally fell short. Despite the loss, Arizana had a good day in the circle, striking out nine Knights and getting out of jam in the fourth inning when Kylee Nell threw out BK’s leadoff hitter Sydney Engelhardt at the plate. That fired up the crowd as Arizana struck out the final two hitters of that inning. Reyna also threw a runner out at home two innings later.
Despite the losses, Kuna head coach Joe Kleffner remains optimistic about the rest of the season, which resumes with a visit from Middleton this Tuesday, a trip to Emmett this Thursday, and a home game against Caldwell on Friday.
Story submitted by KHS lady softball team.