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KING CITY — With games getting rained out due to the weather, the King City Mustangs softball team found a way to play two games last week while riding the hot hand of pitcher Malaya Carrillo.

During the week before, the Lady Mustangs got a much-needed 14-1 win when Carrillo pitched a gem against Soledad on March 17.

Now, the Lady Mustangs needed to carry that momentum heading into last week as they played their first game in the Mission Division.

To begin the week, King City had a match-up with Santa Catalina, who normally had been a softball powerhouse, but as of late, they haven’t had success these past couple of years. Back in 2018, they were able to hang a Central Coast Section banner in their gym.

The Lady Mustangs started league play-off with a bang, beating Santa Catalina 4-0. In the March 23 game, King City’s Sage Flores led the team in offense and had two RBIs.

But, the star of the game was Carrillo, who tossed a no-hitter and had eight strikeouts for her second-straight win. In these past two games, Carrillo has pitched 11 innings without giving up an earned run with 12 strikeouts.

The Lady Mustangs didn’t have much time to celebrate as they had to travel to Atascadero to play a non-league game on Friday, March 24. They saw their two-game winning streak come to an end, falling 7-2 to Atascadero.

Going into this week, the Lady Mustangs will have a full slate — if the weather allows it. Starting on Tuesday, they will close their season series with Soledad in King City.

After the Soledad game, the Lady Mustangs have two important games in the Mission Division. First, they will face off with the Carmel Padres on Wednesday, and then on Friday they will compete against the Gonzales Spartans.

The good news for King City is they play all three games at home, and they could send a message to the rest of the division if they are able to sweep this week.

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Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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