Golden Bears, Harlandale put up big numbers
AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Sam Houston.
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Four years on Edison’s varsity have made Marisela Quinones appreciate the importance of making sacrifices for the team.
Quinones, therefore, made the difficult switch from catcher to shortstop recently. The move was necessitated by a high ankle sprain injury to senior shortstop Denise Cruz March 11 in a 6-5 loss to Lanier.
In her second start in the middle of the diamond, Quinones supplied three RBIs with a 4-for-4 plate performance as the Golden Bears (10-6, 4-2) crunched Burbank (1-12, 1-5) 20-0 March 17 at Mary Ann Villarreal Complex Field No. 2.
“I’m going to miss catching,” Quinones said, “but the team needed me to come out into the field. Coming from my freshman year, we had a great group of girls. I learned a lot from them.”
Cruz was expected to miss two more weeks of competition.
“Denise is a big part of the offense and defense,” Edison coach Aimee Silva said. “We’ve had to move some things around. Mari’s filling the gap. She hasn’t been playing there at all this year, so she’s a little rusty.”
Edison’s outburst against Burbank was its second-consecutive, 20 or more run 28-5A game. The Bears smacked Sam Houston 21-2 March 12.
However, it’s bats seemed a little rusty in the first inning as Burbank pitcher Celeste Salazar retired three of the four batters she faced. That changed in the second inning, when Edison senior pitcher Amaryllis Northstein drew a walk and advanced on Destiny McCarty’s seeing-eye single.
The Golden Bears’ first run scored on a wild pitch. Destiny Hernandez (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) provided an RBI single and a Bulldogs error made it 3-0. Quinones drilled a two-run single and Alex Almanza (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) followed with a run-scoring hit. Destiny McCarty (3-for-3, RBI)and Miranda Campos drove in runs before Burbank got the third out.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had this,” Quinones said of the big inning. “It was great coming back after a week off.”
A ground out from Almanza and the first of two doubles from catcher Isabel Lopez (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) increased Edison’s lead to 8-0 in the third.
“Isabel’s a big part of our lineup,” Silva said. “That was a plus.”
Burbank only mustered two hits against Nothstein (10-6), but managed to put nine runners on base in the shutout.
The Bulldogs mounted their best threat in the bottom of the inning. Sophie Sanchez led off and was safe on an error. With two outs, a single by Salazar sent Sanchez to third, but Nothstein got an inning-ending strikeout.
Quinones forced out two runners at second base in the first inning to help keep the Bulldogs scoreless.
“I’m trying to look really comfortable out there,” Quinones said. “I didn’t want to look jittery for my teammates.”
Edison, which hammered 18 hits, applied the finishing touches to the game in the fourth. A pair of Burbank errors factored into the eight-run rally.
Lopez drove in two runs. Alyssa Gutierrrez, Hernandez and Quinones also collected RBIs.
“(Hitting) has been our weakness we’re trying to (improve),” Silva said. “We’re still doing things we shouldn’t be doing, but we’re working and competing.”
Harlandale 28, Sam Houston 0
The Indians (5-7-2, 4-2), who share third place with Edison, scored 18 first-inning runs as Isabella Tellez pitched a no-hitter against Sam Houston (0-12, 0-7) in a District 28-5A win March 17 at SAISD Field No. 2.
Harlandale added seven runs in the second frame of the three-inning contest. Maya Tovar (double) drove in five runs, while Bryanna Heredia (triple) and Katalyna Trevino (double, triple) had four RBIs apiece. Nadia Dominguez added two doubles, a triple and three RBIs.