Edison tops Highlands in slugfest; Providence edges St. Anthony with impressive comeback
TEAMS INCLUDED: Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, Providence, Southside.
Jefferson (5-5, 1-1) announced its presence as a veteran team with playoff aspirations Tuesday with a 19-4 drubbing of Lanier (4-6, 0-2) in District 28-4A game at Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 2.
“We’re strong,” Jefferson coach Jennifer Gomez said. “We have experience. We’re still trying to get them to come around. It hasn’t helped that we have one less tournament (to prepare for district) because of the UIL rule change.”
Although the final score may hint that the game never was close, there actually was a pivotal moment in the second inning.
The Mustangs led 2-1, but Lanier had a runner at third base. A grounder went to Jefferson third baseman Amber Maldonado, who bluffed a throw across the diamond to first, but instead tagged out the runner.
“She’s a very smart and very savvy player,” Gomez said. “That kid knows how to make a play.”
Maldonado prevented the would-be tying run and in the bottom of the inning, an RBI triple from Amanda Garza sparked a five-run rally. The Voks closed within 7-3 in the top of the fourth inning, but Jefferson scored eight times in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.
“Amber, if she wasn’t 4-for-4, I’d be surprised,” Gomez said. “Bianca Nunez and Amanda Garza both had triples that cleared the bases. And we had a couple of little singles here and there. Pretty much everybody was hitting the ball.”
The Mustangs lost a heartbreaker 9-8 to defending 28-4A champion Brennan in their district opener.
“I felt like we could have pulled that one out,” Gomez said. “We just had one out and one little error at the wrong time.”
The Mustangs have 10 seniors on the roster and eight are starters. Jefferson’s goal is to claim one of the district’s four playoff spots.
“It’s going to be very tight for those first four positions,” Gomez said. “It used to be a top four and bottom three district, but it’s going to be tough now. It’s going to be a race to the finish.”
Amanda Davila, Jaclyn Garza and Brandi Mojica each had two hits for Lanier.
Edison 17, Highlands 15
The Golden Bears (3-9, 2-0) scored four runs in the top of the seventh after trailing Highlands (3-6-1, 1-1) for most of the District 28-4A game Tuesday at Villarreal Field No. 3.
The two teams gave a pretty good indication of the slugfest to come in the first inning. Edison scored three runs in the top of the first. Highlands came to bat and cranked out eight runs.
The Owls’ lead reached 10-5 by the end of the second inning. The Golden Bears overtook Highlands in the fifth, scoring two runs for a brief 11-10 advantage. The Owls tied it in the bottom of the inning.
Edison scored twice again in the sixth, but Highlands responded with four runs this time. The Owls took a 15-13 lead into the final inning.
Providence 8, St. Anthony 6
The Provets (4-3, 1-0) scored seven runs in the last two innings for a remarkable comeback win at St. Anthony (3-7-1, 0-1) Wednesday. The game was the TAPPS District 2-5A opener for both teams.
The Yellowjackets had a 2-0 lead entering the top of the third, when Providence scored its first run. The Provets trailed 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth, but evened the score with a five-run rally in the top of the sixth.
Kennedy 10, Memorial 6
The Rockets (3-6, 1-1) scored five runs in their last two at-bats to win the District 29-4A contest against rival Memorial (1-8, 0-2) Tuesday at Tiger Field.
Kennedy established a 4-1 lead in the first inning. Memorial put together a four-run rally of its own to gain the lead in the third, but the Rockets tied it in the bottom of the inning.
The Minutemen regained the lead with a run in the top of the fifth. In the bottom of the inning, Kennedy produced another three-run rally for an 8-6 advantage.
Holy Cross 5, Austin St. Dominic Savio 0
Senior Julia Ibarra pitched the Knights (14-6, 1-0) to a victory in their TAPPS District 3-4A opener Tuesday in Austin. Ibarra allowed Austin St. Dominic Savio just three hits, while Holy Cross bashed 14.
Holy Cross built a 2-0 lead in the first two innings and added three runs in the seventh.
McCollum 12, Harlandale 1 (6 innings)
The Cowboys (6-3, 2-0) scored eight runs in the last to innings of the District 29-4A game to defeat rival Harlandale (6-8-1, 0-2) Tuesday at the Frank Tejeda Complex.
McCollum junior pitcher Kim Abundis didn’t allow a run until the bottom of the sixth, when Indians senior Jackie Espinoza slugged a solo home run. The Cowboys scored four runs in the top of the inning to put the 10-run rule into effect unless Harlandale scored three runs in its at-bat.
The Cowboys broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the second and added a run in the fourth.