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DISTRICT 29-4A SOFTBALL
Pearsall won its fourth straight district outing and swept rival Devine in league play as the team remained a game behind Floresville for the top spot in the 29-4A softball standings last week.
The Lady Mavs have won four in a row since losing a decision to the Lady Tigers earlier this month and routed Pleasanton 13-3 and Devine 9-2 in the process. The team has a big rematch with Floresville this Friday on the road.
“The girls are doing well at the plate, as well as on defense,” PHS Head Softball Coach Melissa Sanchez said. “I’m sure that’s noticeable from their record, but the key is to keep working hard. What may not be so noticeable is the individual progress many of the girls have made so far this season.
“Regardless of the streak, it’s a primary goal for each athlete to make progress. We will continue working on strategy and refining what weaknesses we have until this season ends. I am very proud of the team thus far and hope things keep moving forward.”
Pearsall had a nip and tuck affair in their win over Pleasanton, leading from start to finish en route to the lopsided decision on March 21. The team then cruised to a decision over the Arabians to open the second round of league play at home on Friday, March 24.
The Lady Mavs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first as Kristen Morales had an RBI double, followed by an RBI double from Sophie Garza. Maddie Bradley then belted an RBI single.
Devine made some noise in the fourth inning as a two-out, two-run homerun cut the Pearsall lead to 3-2.
Alitris Rodriguez had an RBI single at the bottom of the inning to push the lead back to 4-2 for Pearsall. Devine loaded the bases in the fifth but the Lady Mavs’ defense worked its way out of the jam to preserve the lead.
The Lady Mavs then blasted the game open at the bottom of the fifth with three homeruns in four at-bats.
Morales and Garza belted back-to-back solo shots to open the inning and Deranda Talamantes then added a solo dinger as well as the Pearsall lead surged to 6-2. A four run in the inning put Pearsall in control at 7-2.
The team would add two more runs to close out the Arabians via a 9-2 decision.
Pearsall hosted the struggling Somerset Lady Bulldogs Tuesday evening. The team will have an open date this Friday, March 31. Pearsall will resume league play with a single game next week at Floresville on Thursday, April 6. That outing will likely determine the district championship. The Lady Tigers sit in first at 7-0 while Pearsall is second at 6-1. Devine is third at 4-3 while Uvalde is fourth with a 3-4 mark. Carrizo Springs is fifth at 3-4, Somerset is sixth at 1-5 and Pleasanton remains winless at 0-6.