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Veteran Wildcats muscle past Lady Mavs in area playoff series.
Corpus Christi Calallen displayed poise, patience and strong pitching in earning a two game area sweep of the Pearsall Lady Mavs last weekend in the Class 4A playoffs.
Pearsall came into the contest ranked fourth in the Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll while Calallen was fifth. In the end, the Lady Cats’ experience proved the difference in the contest.
“I believe that we lacked playoff experience when it came to playing Calallen,” PHS Head Coach Reynaldo Ramirez said. “I thought we matched up very well with them and it showed at times once we would settle down. We will use this experience to help build for the future.”
Senior pitcher Breanna Ford was masterful in starting both games as she allowed only two earned runs in both games and struck out 11 PHS batters. She went 11 innings and allowed only seven combined hits in both games.
Uncharacteristic Pearsall miscues in the field also proved costly for the Lady Mavs.
Calallen had runners on first and third in the second when an errant throw allowed one run to score. They then loaded the bases and walked in another run to grab a 2-0 lead.
Things then unraveled in the third, fourth and fifth innings as Calallen tacked on nine runs.
A stand-up double scored one in the third and a successful bunt brought in another run. Another double made it 5-0 and it would increase to 6-0 before Pearsall could work out of the inning.
Two more runs in the fourth increased the margin to 8-0. A three-run fifth effectively put the game away.
Pearsall loaded the bases at the bottom of the fifth in an effort to extend the game but could only plate a single run in the short-lived rally.
The Lady Mavs were limited to a pair of hits in the contest while Calallen racked up 13 in the win.
A terrible start in the second outing at Corpus Christi doomed Pearsall from the outset. The Lady Mavs took a 1-0 lead at the top of the first but the Lady Wildcats scored ten runs in their at-bat.
Pearsall would settle in after the rough start and added a pair of runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 10-3. Calallen would reclaim those runs at the bottom of the fifth and added another in the sixth to end the contest.
Pearsall collected five hits in the contest but committed three errors. The Lady Wildcats accounted for 15 hits, the bulk of which came in the first, and two errors.
Pearsall ended the season as District 30-4A co-champs and bi-district champions after knocking off Pleasanton last week. The Lady Mavs also set a school record for wins this season, closing out the year with a 33-6 record overall. The team went 5-1 in league play for the 30-4A co-championship and earned PHS its 11th bi-district title.