Maricopa Tucson softball

Rams second baseman Alexandria Armstrong tries to turn a double play Thursday, April 8, 2021, as Tucson’s Camilia Zepeda slides into second.

MARICOPA — Last season the Rams weren’t able to receive a senior night due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, over a year later, Maricopa (4-4) decided not to take any chance, and held their senior night midway through their season in a 8-3 loss against Tucson Magnet (5-3).

The Rams had an opportunity to take the first lead of the game in the first inning as they loaded the bases with one out. However, they rolled into a double play to end the inning.

The Badgers would take an early lead in the second inning as Alexis Chavez-Encinas drove in a run to break the scoreless tie.

Maricopa had a few other opportunities to score, but they couldn’t break through. It ended up hurting the Rams. The Badgers scored four runs in the fifth inning and it was enough for them to secure the win.

“Our hitting needs to improve,” said Maricopa head coach Kayce Paine. “We’ve been working on it, but unfortunately, we aren’t we’re not getting the bat on the ball the way we normally do. We’ll keep working on our hitting.”

The Rams offense came in the fourth and fifth inning. Miquela Pino reached base on an error in the fourth inning. Adriana Armstrong doubled to center field to score Karyn Meier, then Ferny Carias singled to right field to score Armstrong.

Maricopa tallied seven hits throughout the game, but Carias and Meier were the only Rams that racked up multiple hits.

Tucson Magnet scored seven of their eight runs in the final four innings of the game. The Badgers tallied 10 hits in the game but seven of them were extra bases, including two home runs from Marina Chacon and Camilia Zepeda.

Senior Gillian Gardner was the starting pitcher for the Rams. She was able to pitch through six innings.

It was an early senior night, but with many games left, the Rams are hoping to finish strong and get to a winning record.

“I’m a new coach coming in, but I know how bad the players want it,” said Paine. “I was able to watch them play last year, but I know they want to end with a good season. I care about these girls and they mean a lot. I want them to finish strong, play their best and have a winning season.”