GANZALES – Only two weeks before the season and one game behind King City in the Cypress division, the Gonzales Spartans softball team required the Mustangs to lose to open the door to victory in the league championship.
On May 6, the Lady Spartans received an early Christmas present when Pacific Grove won at King City 5-2. The defeat led to three sides for the lead in the Cypress division between Gonzalez, King City and Pacific Grove.
After playing just one game last week, the Spartan ladies were able to take care of things by beating San Juan Ranch 14-3 and extending their winning streak to eight games.
That Friday, when Gonzalez received word of the loss of King City, the door opened before Lady Spartans to seize the share of the Cypress Division.
“It obviously means a lot,” said Gonzalez pitcher Alex Guerrero. “Regardless of the sport, the goal is always to win the title. It’s within reach, and I believe in our team 100%. “
On the way to the share of the title was the team of Pacific Grove Breakers, which the Lady Spartans defeated on April 11 with a score of 4-1.
When the Spartans went to Pacific Grove on Tuesday, they were not the only team to play for the championship. If the Breakers beat Gonzalez, they will get a share of the league champion and exclude Gonzalez from the title fight.
The Lady Spartans understood the importance and meaning of this game, as well as how much it would mean for the program and the city of Gonzalez to win the league title.
“It will mean a lot to all of us, because it has been more than two years since Gonzalez won the title,” said Spartan player Celeste Camaren. “Winning this title would be amazing for our softball program.”
Since the Lady Spartans have kept this winning streak of eight games, they know that the situation should not be allowed to get too big. When they faced Pacific Grove on May 10, they played for each other and that bond is so strong that they want to send their senior teammates to the league title.
“I love our team and we are all very close and winning the title with them will mean so much,” Guerrero said. “Especially with our seniors, I just want them to have a memorable finale.”
In the end, Gonzalez lost to Pacific Grove, 5-3, shattering their hopes for the title. King City and Pacific Grove have been named league champions this season.