Lady Mules vs. Childress (4-29&30-2016)
It only took the Lady Mules a total of nine and a half innings in two games to eliminate the Childress Lady Cats from the Texas State Softball Playoffs. The Lady Mules lost the coin flip Friday afternoon and were deemed the visitors.
The Lady Mules took the first game 15-4 in five innings and 15-2 in four and a half innings in the second.
The Lady Mules struck first with three runs in the top half of the first inning. The Lady Cats appeared ready to make a game of it with a two-run homerun and a two-RBI single to take a 4-3 lead after one inning.
The Lady Mules shut down the Lady Cats after that and defeated Childress 15-4 after five innings.
Saturday evening the Lady Mules were the home team and the Lady Cats were never in the game. The Lady Mules batted 13 in the first inning to take a 9-0 lead at the end of one complete inning.
Childress scored one run in the top of the second inning and one run in the top of the third inning for their only two runs. The Lady Mules pushed two runs across in the bottom of the third inning and four runs in the bottom of the fourth to eliminate the Lady Cats.
Mireya Ruvalcaba got the Lady Mules started by drawing a one out walk Friday evening. She went to second on a throwing error on the catcher attempting to pick her off first base. Reagan Reynolds reached first base on an error by the third baseman and went to second on the error.
Ruvalcaba advanced to third and then scored another throwing error by the catcher. Brittney Mendoza walked on four straight pitches. Reynolds advanced to third and Mendoza scooted to second on a passed ball.
Felicity Sena dropped a fly ball with in a foot of the leftfield foul line with a spin on it that carried the ball to the corner. Both Reynolds and Mendoza scored on the Sena base hit. The Lady Mules led 3-0 after the first half inning.
A pop fly was field by Ruvalcaba for the first Lady Cat out and the second batter grounded out to Victoria Villalobos in the pitching circle. A Lady Mule error allowed a Lady Cat base runner. The clean-up batter blasted the third pitch she saw into the jet stream that carried the ball over the right centerfield fence to score two runs.
A walk and back-to-back base hits scored two more runs for a brief Lady Cats 4-3 lead. Crystal Flores snagged a fly ball to end the first inning.
The Lady Mules batted around in the second inning. Noa Rojas drove a ground ball up the middle for a leadoff single. Brooklyn Beall doubled down the right field line to put lady Mules at second and third bases.
Rojas scored on a throwing error by the leftfielder to tie the game. Ruvalcaba laid down a bunt for a base hit. Sasha Esparza doubled up the middle to score Beall and Ruvalcaba. Esparza went to third on a passed ball.
Mendoza took the count full, fouled off a pitch before drawing a walk. Mendoza ran to first, turned the corner and stole second while the catcher was making the throw back to the pitcher.
Sena doubled to score both Esparza and Mendoza to put the Lady Mules on top 8-3 to stay.
The Lady Cats seemed to have a rally started with just one out and runners at first and second base. A pop fly to the infield caused the plate umpire to call in act the ’Infield Fly Rule’ and called the batter out automatically.
The Lady Cat base runner at second base assumed she had to run and was tagged out by Mendoza for a double play that ended the second inning. The Lady Cats only had three base runners after that.
Beall drew a one-out walk in third inning and she advanced to second base on a passed ball. Ruvalcaba singled to left centerfield to score Beall for the only Lady Mule run in the top of the third inning.
The Lady Mules tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth inning with two outs. Sena sent a one-out double to left centerfield. Villalobos tripled to score Sena. Rojas then scored Villalobos with a single. The Lady Mules led 11-4 after three and one half innings.
Beall dropped a hit between the pitcher and second base for an infield single to leadoff the top of the fifth inning. Ruvalcaba dropped a bunt down the first base line for an infield hit. The centerfielder dropped Esparza’s fly ball to score Beall.
Reynolds reached on an error by the second baseman. An error by the third baseman allowed Sena to reach first base. Esparza and Reynolds both scored on the error. The Lady Mules led 15-4 after four and a half inning.
Flores had swapped places with Villalobos in the fourth inning. Villalobos fielded a ground ball for the first Lady Cat out of the fifth inning. Esparza caught a ball in foul territory for the second Lady Cat out.
Flores struck out the final batter on three straight pitches.
The Lady Mules served notice on the Lady Cats early in the second game Saturday afternoon. A pop fly by the first batter was fielded in foul territory by Mendoza.
Flores walked the second batter but Sena cut her down with a perfect throw to Ruvalcaba when the base runner attempted to steal second base. The third batter swung at the first pitch and the ball dribbled in front of the plate. Sena scrambled out from behind the plate and fired a strike to Esparza at first for the final out.
The Lady Mules batted 13 and scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Lady Cats walked the first five Lady Mules and the Lady Mules bats came alive after that with seven base hits that included an in-the-park homerun by Ruvalcaba.
Ruvalcaba drove the ball to right field and never stopped running.
The Lady Mules added two runs in the bottom of the third inning and four runs in the fourth inning.
The Lady cats went in order in the top of the fifth inning to end the game.