Lady Mule Softball vs. Abernathy & Littlefield (3-25&29-14)
It took the Lady Mules seven innings to defeat the Abernathy Lady Lopes 8-3 Tuesday afternoon. It was the second time the Lady Mules had dropped the Lopes.
Diamond Lopez was two for three at the plate for the Lady Mules and Marissa Cortez kept the Lopes off the bases with 13 strikeouts. Neither team could score in the first two innings but finally Abernathy pushed a run across in the top of the third inning.
The Lady Mules jumped back in front in the bottom half of the inning by taking advantage of an error and four base hits. The Lady Mules took a 4-1 lead in the inning and never gave it back.
Saturday brought the Lady Cats of Littlefield for visit. The Lady Mules are 2-0 against the Lady Cats in district with a 22-3 win Saturday.
Miranda DeBruin was a perfect three-for-three at the plate with singles in the first and third innings. She doubled in the fourth inning. She walked twice and scored four runs.
Cortez set down one batter in each of the innings she pitched and blasted doubles in the first and fourth innings. DeBruin came in relief in the fifth inning, struck out one and slammed the door on the Cats.
Against Abernathy an error allowed Brittany Mendoza to reach in the bottom of the third inning. She went to second on the error and moved on the third on a wild pitch. A single to right field by D. Lopez scored Mendoza to tie the game.
Adriana Loya laid down a perfect but down the first baseline for a base hit. A throwing error by the catcher allowed Loya to move to third base. Cortez’ line drive to left field was caught but Loya scored after tagging up.
Amber Lopez walked and DeBruin’s fly ball sacrificed A. Lopez to second base. She scored on Sasha Esparza’s ground ball single through the hole to put the Lady Mules on top 4-1 after three innings.
The Lady Mules did not look back after that and added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Littlefield went in order in the top of the first inning. A bunt fly back to Cortez sent the first batter back to the bench. The second batter went down swinging and a fly ball to Mireya Ruvulcaba in right field ended the top half of the first.
The Lady Mules batted around and sent 11 to the plate for five runs in the first inning. D. Lopez drew a walk and Loya reached on an error at first base. Cortez lined a double to the fence in right-center field and scored two runs. DeBruin blasted a line shot back up the middle and hit the pitcher. The ball bounced off the pitcher and bounced into center field and scored Cortez.
Esparza walked on four pitches. Sam Vasquez singled to left field to score DeBruin and Esparza and put the Lady Mules on top to stay at 5-0. The Lady Mules added two more runs in the second inning on a triple by A. Lopez, a walk by DeBruin and a double by Esparza.
Littlefield finally got a run in the top of the third inning on a single and a sacrifice. The Lady Mules did not score in the third inning and Littlefield added two runs in the top of the fourth.
The Lady Mules answered by batting around twice and sent 20 batters to the plate and scored 15 runs. The Lady Mules used four Cat errors, three base on balls, two hit batsmen and eight hits to generate the runs.
DeBruin came on in relief in the top of the fifth and struck out the first batter she faced on three pitches. An error allowed a base runner but Gabi Chavez stabbed a line shot down the first baseline for out number two.
A ground ball to second was scooped up by Samantha Vasquez and tossed to Chavez for the final out of the game.
The Lady Mules are 5-0 in district and took Tuesday off because of the STAAR test. They will travel to Floydada Saturday to take on the Lady Winds April 5 at noon.