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Cotulla improved to 6-1 in 27-3A softball action, winning two of three contests as they crushed Karnes City 14-4, lost 20-11 to Poth on Friday to snap a five-game win streak in league play but bounced back to edge Natalia 7-4 in nine innings.
Sophomore pitcher Allyse Leija had another solid night on the mound for the Cowgirls as she struck out 11 in the 14-4 rout of the Lady Badgers.
In their first true league test at home against Poth on Friday, the Cowgirls fell behind early and rallied late to make it close but ultimately lost in a shootout.
The Lady Pirates scored four runs in the first and four more in the second to take a quick 8-0 lead.
Cotulla eventually got its offense rolling and managed to tie the game at 11-11 in the sixth inning.
Leija was then injured at the top of the seventh on a hard hit to her pitching hand with one out in the inning. She returned to the lineup with two outs in the inning but Poth took advantage and went back up 20-11.
Jewlissa Cordova came in to pitch to a few batters while Leija was out but the Cowgirls struggled defensively with errors as Poth surged with nine runs in the stanza to pull away.
The team then bounced back with a 7-4 decision over Natalia Monday evening.
Leija notched the win on the mound and helped her own cause offensively as she hit a homerun to tie the game in the third, 4-4. Cotulla then notched three more runs in extra innings to hold on for the victory.
Cotulla currently sits in a three-way tie for first with Natalia and Poth as each have only a single loss.
The team will begin the second round of league play this Thursday as they host Dilley. Cotulla notched a 10-2 over the Lady Wolves in their previous outing.