By Tyler Tyre
The Slaton Tigerettes held senior night last Tuesday, April 16 and came away with a big victory. They beat Idalou 8-0 and sent the team’s seniors off with a victory in their final home game.
For head coach Brandon Langston the night was special, as this was the first group he was able to coach all the way through high school at Slaton.
“This senior class was special to me. Aryanna Zapata, Lizzie Thomas and Addi Sackett were all freshmen my first year so they are the first group for me to see through High School. Jasynda Torres started softball as a junior and has fit right in with a positive attitude and good work ethic,” Langston said.
“All the seniors show up ready to work and have good attitudes every day. They are a fun group of girls to be around and I appreciate everything they have done to help this year be successful.”
The Tigerettes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Kamryn Gibbs jump started the inning with a two run bomb to right field and Justyne Zapata followed that up with one run triple.
Both teams were held scoreless in the second inning before Aryanna Zapata hit an RBI double in the third to increase Slaton’s lead to 4-0 in the third. The Tigerettes tacked on another run in the fifth to make the game 5-0 before putting the game away in the sixth, adding three runs to their total in the inning.
Kaylee Franklin pitched a masterful game for Slaton, recording a complete game shutout. While the Tigerettes played especially strong defense as a team.
“We talk to the team the day before senior night and explain that it’s the underclassmen’s job to send our seniors out the right way and let them go out with a win on their field for the last game. I think that our underclassmen appreciate what these seniors mean to our team and wanted to make it a special night for those girls,” Langston said. “There were a lot of tears shed after the game, and I think that shows how much they care about each other. That chemistry has been a huge part of our success this year.”
Slaton kept up their winning ways over the weekend, beating Roosevelt 11-6 to clinch second in district and a playoff spot. The Tigerettes will next play in Sundown tonight (April 25) at 5:30 p.m. in the Bi-District round of the playoffs against Muleshoe.
“We have a lot of depth and can make an argument for a lot of different girls to start. Luckily, even though our district is tough, we were able to get through District in a good spot heading into the playoffs. These girls have worked hard all year and my toughest job is just to figure out who is starting. Getting to sit back and watch them play is the easy part,” Langston said.