Lady Mules vs. Frenship JV Softball (3-4-14)
The Lady Mule softball team opened their home season Tuesday when they hosted the Frenship Lady Tigers. Frenship proved to be to strong Tuesday for the Lady Mules. The loss could have been due to a freak line shot to the right foot of Marissa Cortez. The Tigers took the game 11-3.
Cortez had struck out two batters in the first inning and got the first batter of the second inning to ground out to Amber Lopez at short. The second batter streaked the pitch back at Cortez and caught her on the top of her foot.
A. Lopez scrambled for the ball as it dribbled across the infield and fired a strike to Gabi Chavez at first base for the out. Meanwhile Cortez laid in the pitching circle in great pain.
She did finally get to her feet, walked around, then took a few warm up pitches and resumed the game. But she never appeared as strong as when she had started the game. In fact she did not record another strike out until the top of the seventh inning.
Frenship scored first in the top of the fourth inning on a ground ball single to left. Then a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second. A run scored on a single to left field to put the Tigers on top 1-0.
Sasha Esparza reached first on an error by the third baseman. Miranda DeBruin laid a bunt down the third baseline for a single. Sam Vasquez walked to load the bases. Chavez singled to left field to score Esparza and tie the game.
An error on the pitcher allowed DeBruin to score from third and Reagan Reynolds to reach first. Adriana Loya sent a line shot to third base that was to hot to handle. Vasquez scored on the Loya’s single to put the Lady Mules on top 3-1.
The Lady Mules could never score after the fourth inning.
Frenship seemed to get stronger as the game went along. They added two runs in the top of the fifth inning to tie the score and then sent 12 to the plate in the top of the sixth inning to take a 10-3 advantage.
The Lady Mules were back in action Tuesday in Shallowater and then travel to Lubbock Estacado on Friday. The Lady Mules kickoff the district season in Abernathy March 15 at noon.