Lady Mules vs. Dimmitt (4-12-2016)
The Lady Mules just squeaked by the Bobbies of Dimmitt Tuesday afternoon despite Victoria Villalobos pitching a three-hit shutout game. She only gave up one walk and the Lady Mules only committed one error.
But the Lady Mules bats seemed to be ice cold and they never had more that one hit in an inning. The Bobbie pitcher walked 12 Lady Mules, hit one with a pitch, struck out one and Dimmitt committed one error. The Lady Mules left 15 runners stranded on base.
The Lady Mules walked in two runs in the bottom of the first inning. That was the only two runs to score during the contest.
Villalobos pitched a ground ball to the first Bobbie batter she faced. Brittney Mendoza charged the ball and fired a strike to Sasha Esparza for the first out of the game. The next Bobbie was called out on strikes and the third grounded out to Esparza at first base.
Crystal Flores dropped a leadoff pop fly just out of the infield behind the shortstop. By the time the shortstop tracked down the ball Flores was standing on second base. She was caught attempting to steal third base.
Mireya Ruvalcaba took the count full before drawing a walk and Esparza followed with a walk. Reagan Reynolds also drew a walk and Mendoza was hit by a pitch to force Ruvalcaba across the plate for the Lady Mules first run.
Melody Moran walked to force Esparza home for a 2-0 Lady Mule lead after one complete inning.
It only took Villalobos three pitches to get the first strike out of the second inning. The second batter line the ball right back to Villalobos for the second out. A slow roller turned into an infield hit for the Bobbies. A pop fly was handled by Villalobos for the third out.
An error by the Bobbie second baseman allowed Brooklyn Beall to reach first base. She went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Flores and she went to third on a passed ball. Ruvalcaba walked for the second time during the game. The next two Lady Mules flew out to left field to end the inning.
The Bobbies only managed to put three runners on second base and only one reached third during the game.
The Lady mules left the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings. They also left two runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings but could score no more runs.
The Lady Mules went to Littlefield Saturday morning. Their bats were a bit more active and defeated the Lady Cats 15-4 to improve to 4-1 in district play. The Lady Mules only loss was to the Shallowater Fillies.
The Lady Mules traveled to Shallowater Tuesday to determine the District 2-3A champion. The Fillies have a record of 5-0 and the Lady Mules are 4-1. Both team have clinched a spot in the Texas State Playoffs.
The Bi-District game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday April 30 at a time and location to be determined.