Navarro softball comes up short to Del Valle
(Del Valle) – The Navarro softball team suffered its third consecutive loss Tuesday night, falling on the road to Del Valle 9-3.
The Panthers led 3-1 in the middle of the fourth inning, but the Cardinals erupted for five runs in the bottom of the frame to put Navarro in a 6-3 hole. Del Valle added two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth, and the Panthers went scoreless the rest of the way.
Cayli Cowan went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and drove in a run, while Bailee Stanzione finished 2-2 with a run scored. Sydnie Booker, Emily Hinkelmann, and Lindsey Gresham each recorded hits, with Hinkelmann scoring once and Booker notching an RBI. Alyssa Hernandez walked and scored once.
Cowan struck out nine in the pitcher’s circle, but she also allowed six hits and issued nine walks in giving up eight runs over the course of 4-1/3 innings. Alexis Valdez pitched the final 1-2/3 frames, allowing an unearned run on three hits.
Navarro (8-5-1) competes in the San Marcos Tournament this Friday and Saturday.
Marion softball edges Luling in 27-3A road test
(Luling) - The Marion softball team is off to a 2-0 start in District 27-3A after surviving Tuesday's road trip to Luling with a 4-3 win.
The game was tied 2-2 after five innings, and Kyleigh Mulanax put the Bulldogs in front for good with an RBI-triple that scored Madison Ross in the top of the sixth. Mulanax came home on a fielder's choice by Madison Moos to give Marion a two-run cushion.
The Eagles pulled within one in the bottom of the sixth and had the bases loaded with two outs. Moos induced a groundball that resulted in a force play at second for the final out to keep the tying run stranded at third.
Luling used a two-base error and a wild pitch with two outs to again place the potential tying run on third in the bottom of the seventh, but Marion's left fielder Ross caught a pop-up in four territory to end the game.
Mulanax and Moos each went 1-3 with an RBI, and Mulanax scored twice. Brianna Randle and Veronica Gonzalez eadh recorded hits as well.
Moos earned the complete-game win in the pitcher's circle, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and five walks in seven innings.
Marion (6-10-1, 2-0) opens its newly renovated stadium and artificial turf field this Friday with a 7 p.m. district game against Stockdale.