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Trojans beat up on Western

The Trojans softball team pounded Western 26-1 on Tuesday on the road. Pahrump (11-7 overall, 4-4 Sunset League) didn’t waste any time getting on the board and were up 8-0 in the first inning.

After the second inning, the Trojans put in their second string against the Warriors (7-13, 1-7)

Trojans Coach Elias Armendariz said he took the time to improve and refocus the team on the fundamentals after the one- point loss to Faith Lutheran.

“We are putting in people for an inning or two in hopes this experience will help us down the road,” he said. “We want to focus on what we are supposed to be doing.”

He said his focus has been on defense and making the throws and communicating on the field with each other. All these things must be done to keep the errors that plague the team during the Faith Lutheran game. He also will take the time to focus on base running.

The lesser teams in the league give the team an opportunity to focus on what the team does best and that is hitting.

“I think we still need to focus on it despite our earlier successes,” Armendariz said. “I thought our hitting would be better at this point. We need to concentrate on breaking old habits and making solid contact.”

As he said this, he had just finished talking about how Amaya Mendoza just cracked a grand slam against Western. She hit it over the center-field fence.

He said obviously some of his hitters need more help than others and he is right. Not all the hitters have been making solid contact.

On defense, some changes were made. Leanne Kaiwi was moved to second base. Mendoza was moved to right field and catcher Jordan Egan might be moved to shortstop and Jill Smith might go back to catching. Amanda Pryor will remain as the pitcher.

The Trojans played Clark (0-12, 0-8) on Thursday which was past deadline. The Trojans will play Boulder City (17-7, 9-0) in non-league action on Saturday at 10 a.m. They are undefeated in league and will be a good test for the girls. On Monday they will play another tough team, Spring Valley (13-3, 6-2) at 3:30 p.m.

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