Lady Mustangs softball
King City High School Mustangs softball team players for the 2024 season. (Ivan Garcia)

KING CITY — After dropping their first league game to Watsonville, the King City High School softball team has won five straight games that have put them in first place in the Mission Division.

In what many considered a down year for the Lady Mustangs, last season they still managed to make the playoffs and the team they beat, North Salinas High School, made it to the CIF finals.

This season the Mustangs (3-1 league, 9-4 overall record) are off to a great start to begin league play as they won their last three divisional games. Last year King City started 2-2 in league play.

During the Lady Mustangs’ winning streak, they have been killing the ball. In three of their five games, they have scored over 10 runs.

One reason is that they have a healthy Lisa Villanueva, who already has seven home runs this season.

Going back to last season, Villanueva was out for the majority of the year. When looking at last year’s numbers, she was a big part of the Lady Mustangs making a run to the playoffs, and finished second on the team in home runs.

Villanueva, who is one of the best hitters in the county, will need her running mate for many years — Malaya Carrillo — to help lead a push for a league title. So far this season, Carrillo leads the team in hits and is second in RBIs.

The Lady Mustangs have three games this week, two of which are non-league games.

King City played at San Luis Obispo on Tuesday, winning by a score of 9-6, and will compete against Coalinga on the road on Friday. During the middle of the week, they will have a huge game at home against Monte Vista Christian on Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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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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