It was a tense, tight softball game, but in the end it was the Palm Springs Indians who did enough to earn a valuable Desert Valley League victory over Palm Desert on Friday.
The Indians used an RBI triple from Makayla August in the first inning and an insurance RBI single by Kayla Ayala in the seventh inning to gut out a 2-0 victory.
August did the damage on the mound, going the distance, yielding just three hits and striking out eight. The Indians also got a pair of doubles from Sarah Martin and a pair of singles from Amari Easter.
The Indians (8-2, 2-0) host Twentynine Palms on Tuesday in a non-league game.
Xavier Prep 9, Indio 3: The Saints tripled up the Rajahs in a DVL matchup.
Alan Ferrer had a complete game win with five strikeouts for Xavier Prep. Victor Contreras was 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run. Isaiah Alderete had two doubles and two runs scored. Ferrer added a two-run double and Ryan Rover had a double. Isaac Ortega had two doubles in the same inning.
For Indio, Mikey Munoz had two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. Dominic Huerta was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Cipriano Rivera added two hits.
The Rajahs’ next game is Monday at home against Desert Christian in the opening round of the Rotary Tournament.