Seguin softball blanked by Dripping Springs ace in district loss
(Seguin) – The Seguin softball lineup couldn’t come up with an answer for Dripping Springs ace Logan Hulon Tuesday night in a 6-0 District 26-5A loss on the Matadors’ home field.
Hulon struck out 16 and threatened to no-hit Seguin until Presley Pence broke up the bid with a one-out double in the sixth inning.
Seguin senior Vanessa Garza went toe-to-toe with Hulon for three innings, retiring nine straight to keep the visitors scoreless, but the Tigers broke through to score three runs on three hits in the top of the fourth. Dripping Springs doubled the lead with three runs on five hits against reliever Ashlyn Flores in the fifth.
“We made absolutely no adjustments,” Seguin head coach John Garcia said. “They adjusted to us, but we didn’t adjust to anything that they were doing, and we went up there with the same plan, the same swing, the same ideology, and executed the exact same way every time, not making any adjustments or doing anything different, and it came back to hurt us.”
Seguin stranded four runners over the first three innings. Garza led off the bottom of the first with a walk, but Hulon struck out the next three batters. Marissa Bradley reached on an error to start the bottom of the second, but Hulon again responded by retiring three straight, two on strikeouts. Garza and Shyann Atchley drew consecutive walks with one out in the third, but Hulon regained her command to strike out Pence and induce a groundout from Tate Smith.
After allowing three runs in the fifth, Flores held the Tigers scoreless on one hit in the sixth and seventh innings.
The loss drops Seguin to 0-2 in district play, albeit against perennial powers Lockhart and Dripping Springs. Garcia says the upcoming schedule offers an opportunity to pile up wins if his team stays focused.
“We’re in a hole, and we’ve got to get out of it,” the coach said. “We’ve got to take care of business Friday. We can’t take Alamo Heights lightly at all. We’ve got to be business, and be prepared, and do what we need to do.”
Seguin (11-9, 0-2) visits Alamo Heights on Friday at 7 p.m.
Navarro softball survives early deficit, rallies past Del Valle
(Geronimo) – Emily Hinkelmann’s walk-off RBI-double in the bottom of the seventh inning completed Navarro softball’s rally from an early 6-0 deficit to lift the Panthers over Del Valle 7-6 Tuesday night in Geronimo.
Guiliana Wezeman scored the winning run as a courtesy runner for Alexis Valdez, who reached base to lead off the final frame. Lindsey Gresham sacrificed Wezeman to second, setting the table for Hinkelmann’s clutch hit.
Del Valle scored six runs in the top of the second inning to put Navarro in an early hole, but the Panthers came storming back with three runs apiece in the second and third frames to knot the game up.
Hinkelmann and Ashlea Frederick each went 3-4, with Hinkelmann ripping three doubles, driving in two, and scoring twice, and Frederick doubling once Amber Reneau went 2-3 with a double, drove in three, and scored once. Alyssa Hernandez drove in a run. Gresham and Sydnie Booker each doubled and scored once, and Wezeman crossed the plate twice as a courtesy runner. Bailee Stanzione and Valdez each recorded base hits.
Valdez relieved Booker in the pitcher’s circle in the top of the second and went on to work 5-1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. She struck out six, allowed four hits, and walked one.
The win moves Navarro’s season record to 11-2-1. The Panthers compete in the San Marcos tournament Thursday through Saturday.
Marion softball clobbers Luling for second district win
(Marion) – The Marion softball team is off to a 2-0 start in District 27-3A after a 16-0 run-rule blowout of Luling at home on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning, tacked on five more in the third, and plated four in the bottom of the fourth to put the 15-run mercy rule in effect.
Madyson Schulze hit a home run and finished with two RBIs and three runs scored. Brianna Randle and Kyleigh Mulanax drove in three runs apiece, and Randle scored twice. Madison Moos went 2-3 with an RBI. Jasmine Williams and Alyana Robles each drove in runs. Toryn Autry singled and scored three times. Hannah Chappell scored three runs as a courtesy runner.
Moos allowed just two hits and struck out four in four scoreless innings to earn the win in the pitcher’s circle.
Marion (11-8-1, 2-0) continues district play Friday with a 7 p.m. road game against Stockdale.