"When you take the two best teams in the league, it's like two rams hitting each other and anything can happen," Ziomek said. "It could have gone either way for seven innings, but that was an amazing game."
The two runs by the Pioneers (9-11, 7-1 in league) were all they would need, as Preciado kept the Gaels off the scoreboard.
In the first inning, Turner walked leadoff hitter Priscilla Hernandez, who stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball before Amanda Garcia brought her home with a sacrifice fly.
Holy Family's junior pitcher settled down thereafter, giving up just three hits through six innings while striking out seven with two walks, but she received no run support, which kept the pressure on to keep up the solid pitching.
Turner was aided by her defense, which tagged out potential runs at home during the fifth and sixth innings. Catcher Jennifer Rodriguez recovered from a wild pitch to get Miranda Tijerina trying to score for the third out of the fifth inning. Then in the sixth, Melanie Leyva showed off her arm as she gunned down Hernandez from left field on a single off the bat of Cynthia Anaya.
Unfortunately for the Gaels (8-6, 6-2), Holguin kept the Holy Family offense at bay despite the momentum earned by Turner and the defense. In her shutout performance, Holguin struck out seven batters, giving up five hits.
"We usually call her for relief pitching and to close games for us, but we wanted her out there for this entire game," said Preciado, whose team defeated Holy Family, 4-1, on April 12. "Both pitchers pitched really well. Hats off to them."