Host Southwest jumped out to an 8-1 lead and held on for a 13-8 victory over American Friday night at Tropical Park. The game was preceded by a ceremony honoring the four graduating seniors. The Lady Eagles (7-10) scored twice in the bottom of the first inning with both runs coming on two of the nine errors committed in the game by the Patriots (6-5). American scored one in the top of the second but Southwest answered with two in the bottom of the inning with senior Yesenia Fonticiella racing home on a passed ball and Gaby Nuñez driving in Tatiana Perez with a single. Four walks and two more errors allowed the Lady Eagles to extend their margin to 8-1 in the third frame. American rallied with 3 runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to narrow the score to 9-8. The Patriots had the bases loaded before senior Yessenia Perez recorded a strikeout to get out of the fifth. Southwest added three insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Senior D'Lani Navarro drove in Sherlly Roche with a sacrifice fly, Ami Casteleiro singled home Nuñez and Fonticiella doubled home Casteleiro.

Seniors, from left to right, D'Lani Navarro, Jaylin Novoa, Yesenia Fonticiella, and Yessenia Perez with assistant coach Heidi Perez

Sherlly Roche drove in two runs