YUCCA VALLEY — Haley Smith pitched a perfect game and the Trojan batters came up with 16 runs Thursday to beat Desert Hot Springs and hold on to a share of first place in the Desert Valley League softball standings.
“We’re playing well and looking forward to CIF and trying to make it a few rounds,” head coach Lance Cody.
Smith went five innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits, striking out 10 and walking zero. She induced a groundout to end the game.
The varsity girls scored 14 points in a huge fourth inning. Max Wheeler hit a home run and a triple, Stefani Huff hit a double and a single, Haley Smith and Mylee Larson hit doubles and Brianna Etter got a walk onto first base.
The Trojans stole nine bases, led by Lili Rodriguez, bumped up from junior varsity, who stole two.
Now 7-1 and tied with Banning in first place, the girls have three more teams to face in conference play. They may get their biggest competition in the final week from their rivals, the Twentynine Palms Wildcats.
The ’Cats are 4-4 on the league and are captained by junior pitcher Kaitlyn Steffins, known to many of the Trojans as their teammate on the Lady Laces travel team.
Before that, however, they’ll face Cathedral City Monday on the road, then at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Yucca Valley High School. The Lions are 0-8 and in last place in the Desert Valley League.
In the second week of April, the girls play Desert Mirage, at 2-6 just above Cathedral City in DVL rankings. After spring break, they play their final league games April 22 and 25 against Twentynine Palms.