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Pearsall committed a slew of errors and stranded numerous runners as they surrendered leads of 3-0 and 4-2 in a 10-5 district playoff loss to Uvalde Monday evening in Hondo.
As co-champions of District 30-4A, Monday’s battle between the two settled playoff seeding in the first round of play.
“First and foremost, that was not the Pearsall Lady Mavericks,” PHS Head Coach Tara Staten said. “We let errors consume us and didn’t capitalize on key plays. We had several key hits and defensive plays but as soon as one thing went wrong, it turned into a domino effect.
“Girls dropped their heads and started the blame game. We stress to them every single day about teamwork and uplifting one another but unfortunately last night we just couldn’t come out on top.”
Pearsall raced to a 3-0 lead through three innings but twice left the bases loaded. A pair of errors in the fourth put runners in scoring position for Uvalde and a double scored both as Uvalde cut the margin to 3-2.
The Lady Mavs added a run on an RBI double in the fourth to extend their lead to 4-2 but a series of errors in the fifth led to a big inning for Uvalde as they plated five runs on only two hits.
Pearsall managed another run in the sixth but Uvalde answered with a pair of runs to make it 10-5.
With the loss, Pearsall sits as the second seed in 30-4A and will take on Somerset in a best-of-three bi-district series beginning Thursday, April 29 at Somerset. Game two will be in Pearsall and a third game, if needed, will be in Lytle on Saturday.
“We have a huge game ahead of us with a lot of sacrifices needed to be made,” Coach Staten said of the bi-district matchup. “We need to come out attacking offensively, with little to no errors, and most importantly as a unit, lets go!”