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All-around effort helps softball knock off La Mirada

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Despite already being out of the Suburban League title race, the Mayfair softball team had their say. The Monsoons knocked La Mirada off the top of the league standings with an all-around effort that resulted in a 7-2 win and established momentum heading into the CIF playoffs.

Haylee Ridge got the Monsoons rolling in the top of the first inning. The sophomore drove in Makenna Stram and Tena Spoolstra with a two RBI double. She then scored on an RBI single by Julia Enzmann as the Monsoons took an early 3-0 lead.

That would be enough for Makenna Stram and the Monsoon defense. The senior pitcher only allowed five hits in the game while her defense helped out with stellar plays, highlighted by Spoolstra. The shortstop made two diving stops to prevent the Matadors from advancing baserunners.

While the starting lineup made the plays on the field, Mayfair coach Erin Brown credited her bench for a complete team effort.

“Our bench fueled the fire for the defensive team today,” said Brown. “They kept the La Mirada hitters rattled and were invested in every pitch and every play. They went hand-in-hand with the momentum, focus, and energy that was the driving force behind the victory.”

Stram helped herself out at the plate with three hits, two runs, and an insurance RBI single in the top of the seventh. Freshman Mariah Melendez also provided insurance in the seventh inning when she drove in Sarah Clausen.

Spoolstra reached base four times with a hit, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch.

With the win, Mayfair (15-7, 8-4) secured a third place finish in league. La Mirada (21-8-1, 10-2), the fifth ranked team in Division 3, was knocked off the top of the league standings and finished second to Cerritos (17-4, 11-1). The Monsoons will eagerly await the CIF Southern Section Division 3 brackets, which are set to be released on Monday, May 15.

“We took third in a very competitive Suburban League,” Brown said. “We are excited with the momentum heading into the playoffs.”