Oxnard softball scores in bunches

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Oxnard's Demi Meza swings the bat and makes contact during the Oxnard High School vs. Pacifica Varsity Softball game at Pacifica High School. © Tiffany israel/OUHSD

If the Oxnard High softball team feels any pressure as defending Pacific View League champions, it sure isn’t showing it.

Oxnard rang up double-digit runs against a league foe for the second straight game Tuesday in a 10-3 rout of host Pacifica. The win, following an 11-0 win over Rio Mesa, moves the Yellow Jackets to 2-0 in the PVL and 6-1 overall.

Oxnard exploded for five runs in the fifth inning and tacked on four more in the seventh.

“Once we got that first hit, we all got in a groove and started hitting,” Oxnard’s Candice Garcia said.

Early on, the Gonzales Road rivalry game had the feel of a potential upset. Behind Riley Seo’s pitching and timely hitting, Pacifica held a 2-1 advantage after four innings.

Oxnard needed an opening and they got it in the fifth inning.

Leilani Tupua’s one-out routine grounder was mishandled at first base and went into foul territory. Pacifica misplayed another grounder that allowed Tupua to reach third base. She scored a game-tying run on Demi Meza’s single to left field.

The inning continued as Bryana Dorado doubled. Julia Garcia’s double drove in Meza and Dorado for a 4-2 lead. Candice Garcia powered a pitch over the center field fence for a 6-2 Oxnard advantage.

“It was right there,” Garcia said. “It was a meatball. I had to put it over.”

The game marked the fifth time this season that the Yellowjackets have scored eight or more runs. The only time Oxnard’s scored less came in a 4-3 loss to Moorpark on March 4.

Yellowjackets coach Paul Tinoco attributed Oxnard’s offensive consistency to his team’s quickness.

“With our speed, a lot of teams tend to make a lot of errors,” he said. “We take advantage of it.”

After giving up two walks in the first inning, Pacifica ace Riley Seo relaxed and kept Oxnard in check through the first four innings.

“Riley did exactly what we’ve been trying to have her do all the time: Get the ball in play for us and we have to play defense,” Pacifica coach Dave Fox said. “We just made two critical errors there on routine outs and pretty much changed the tide.”

Pacifica (4-4, 1-1) scored its first two runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Cynthia Gomez scored on a wild pitch, and Aundria Basquez, who had singled to reach base, moved to third base. Brittany Valdivia drove in Basquez on a ground out.

Oxnard tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh, including a three-run shot by Delilah Ramirez over the left-field fence.

Tinoco said his team is motivated to repeat as PVL champions.

“We can’t let anyone beat us this year,” Candice Garcia said. “We have to do it again. We have to be league champs again.”

Oxnard is well aware that league foes are trying to knock them off.

“It’s a huge target but we’re kind of used to the pressure,” Garcia said.

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