Softball run rules Tulia 27-4, nears 2nd round of District

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

Tigerette softball had a short week, but big win in their quest for a District Championship.

The team defeated the Tulia Lady Hornets 27-4 last Tuesday (March 22) in Tulia.

Head Coach Brandon Langston said the start of the game was a bit rough, but lead to a strong finish.

“We started off slow against Tulia and was down 3-1 after the first inning and then our girls got going and bats finally broke out,” he said. “We talk a lot about how our lineup is really deep and can put up a lot of runs really quick and we did.”

This especially came true in the next few innings of scoring. “We scored eight (runs) in the second, six in the third and 12 in the fourth,” Langston added.

The numbers speak for themselves.

Genesis Ortiz went 1-2 with three walks, three stolen bases and four runs scored.

Madi Englund was 3-3 with two singles, a homerun, a walk and hit by pitch for four runs and two RBIs.

Even the players in the lower part of the roster had a strong night.

Nana Anzley reached base four times in five at bats from the seven hole, Erica Brooks was 2-3 with two runs and two RBIs from the nine hole in the lineup.

Nata Soto was 3-5 with a single, a double and a homerun with three runs scored and five RBIs.

Adrianna Zapata-Martinez pitched three innings giving up four runs and came in to pitch the fourth inning to finish the game.

Langston said Zapata is also up for Athlete of the Week for Lubbock for her scores. “Justyne Zapata was our big hitter going 3-4 with three homeruns, a hit by pitch to score four runs with seven RBIs,” he said.

Still, he added Tulia had a good team, and the Tigerettes had to play hard to win.

“It was truly an all-around performance from our line up and we showed what we are capable of doing so hopefully that confidence continues on this week as we have a couple of big District games against Childress and Idalou.”

The Tigerettes played Childress Tuesday evening (March 29) to finish out their first round in District and will then play Idalou at noon on Friday (April 2) to accommodate Good Friday services.

Langston said these games will be challenges in the team’s quest for a District Championship.

“This is a tough week. Childress has been playing well, they are sitting 3-2 in District and coming off of a big win over Abernathy this past week. They are a good hitting team and so we will have to come ready to play,” he said. “It is a crazy week with District Track on Wednesday and Thursday so we will have a tough game on Tuesday and then most of our girls will be gone to track the next two days and then we get Idalou on Friday at noon.”

“Idalou is a tough team, they are currently our only loss in District. They have a really good pitcher who is one of the top pitchers in the nation as far as strike outs go,” Langston added. 
We came out really tight and nervous against her last time but we had a couple of innings where we had better at bats and so I think our girls know they are capable of putting some runs up against her and I think it’s a huge game for us as we need to win it to have a shot at a piece of the District Championship.”

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