By Tyler Tyre
The Slaton High softball team came out with a big victory last Tuesday against Shallowater, winning a hard-fought game 5-3 over the Fillies.
Things didn’t look good in the first inning for the Tigerettes, as the Fillies jumped out to a 2-1 lead and kept it through the second inning. But the bats started to warm up for Slaton in the third as they scored a run to tie things up at two.
Head coach Brandon Langston spoke about the confidence the team has even when playing from a deficit.
“When you can play all three parts of the game well you know we are going to be solid as a team. And with the bats that this team has you are never out of a game, so we are confident in our abilities,” Langston said.
Slaton and Shallowater traded runs in the fourth making it knotted at three after the inning, and Slaton gained their first lead of the game in the fifth, going up 5-3.
The Tigerettes then shut down the Fillies bats in the sixth and seventh innings with great pitching and defense, not letting Shallowater get back into the game.
“Our pitchers have been great with getting out of jams this year. We preach not doing anything special in those situations and just making your pitch, and the girls are doing a really good job of stepping up and making plays in those situations,” Langston said.
The Tigerettes winning ways continued as they defeated Idalou 20-5 on Saturday and Roosevelt 12-7 on Monday to improve their winning streak to six straight.
With the wins Slaton improved to 6-1 in district and stayed tied for first place with Abernathy atop the district standings.
The Tigerettes will face Abernathy this Saturday, with the winner of the game taking sole control of the number one spot in district.
“Over this winning streak we have played solid defensively and our pitchers have played very well. When you can combine that with the bats that we have on this team I like our chances against anybody,” Langston said.