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Inclement weather forced Pearsall on the road for the entirety of its three-game bi-district series as the Lady Mavs fell to Somerset two games to one in the first round of the playoffs over the weekend.
Pearsall fell 1-0 in a defensive battle on Thursday, April 29 and were set to host the Lady Bulldogs Friday evening but a series of thunderstorms rolled through the area, forcing the move to a turf field back in Somerset on Saturday morning. There Pearsall rallied for a 9-8 win despite a weather delay of just over two hours. Somerset bounced back to win the third game 10-4.
“The weather was bad but I wouldn’t blame it on that,” PHS Head Coach Tara Staten said. “Somerset played in the same rain as us. The girls put up a fight, we came back to win game two, forcing a game three.
“We came out prepared and warm, with our energy up, but just couldn’t capitalize with runners on base. We left at least eleven runners on base. We came up twice with bases loaded two innings in a row and just couldn’t rally off that. It happens, Somerset wanted it more.”
Saturday’s game two win came after the Lady Mavs fell behind 4-0 in the second in a constant rain. Somerset put a runner on with a two-out double. A single scored one and the next batter reached first after being hit by a pitch.
Both runs scored on errors.
Pearsall rallied at the bottom of the stanza as Ebony Garza reach on a bunt. She then stole second, third and home on a throwing error to first. A single and an error scored one more before the game was halted by lightning with two outs and two runners on base.
The game, which started at 11 a.m., resumed just after 2 p.m. Sophie Garza bunted to load the bases and Carissa Elizondo belted a grand slam homerun to put Pearsall on top 6-4.
The Lady Mavs added two more runs in the sixth to make it 8-4 and then held off a furious Somerset rally to claim a 9-8 decision.
In the third game, Pearsall could not muster up enough offense to keep pace with the Lady Bulldogs.
Somerset raced out to an 8-3 lead and never looked back in claiming a 10-4 decision.
Despite the less than stellar conditions, Coach Staten lauded her team for their efforts.
“I’m proud of my girls, they have no reason to hang their heads.”