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Pirette softball team sweeps district, preps for playoffs
Sports CorrespondentApril 27, 2011 | 1,777 views | 2 comments
POTH -- Last week, the Poth Pirette softball team wrapped up District 29-2A play, and then participated in a warm-up game in preparation for a run at the Class 2A Texas state championship.
On April 19, the Pirettes welcomed the Nixon-Smiley Lady Mustangs for the final matchup of district play, and to celebrate parents night. After each Pirette escorted her parents to home plate and introduced them to the vast crowd that has become the norm in Poth, the home team quickly went to work on the field.
Standout senior pitcher Monica Cavazos was her typical dominating self. While pitching her second consecutive no-hitter, and third of district play, Cavazos struck out 11 batters and allowed just one base runner on a walk in the third inning. Meanwhile, the Pirettes’ bats continued to sizzle up and down the lineup.
Cavazos aided her own effort by driving in 3 runs, and senior shortstop Kayla Boening continued to be an offensive spark plug by stealing two bases and scoring 2 runs.
Production from the bottom half of the lineup proved burdensome for the opposing pitcher, though. Led by the No. 9 hitter senior Destiny Rodriguez, who went 3 for 3 with a 4-RBI effort at the plate, the Pirettes racked up a total of 11 hits. Fellow senior Lindsey Lyssy continued swinging a hot bat as well, as she went 2 for 3 and drove in a run. With RBIs from Ryann Boening, Charity Fuller, and Caitlyn Gorzell, the Pirettes easily sealed a 13-0 victory.
With the District 29-2A championship secured, along with a first-round playoff bye, Head Coach Carilee Robbins and the Pirettes sought a little extra competition. The team invited the playoff-bound Madison Mavericks from District 26-5A down to Poth, and as expected, the Class 5A playoff team proved more competitive than what the Pirettes had become accustomed to.
While Cavazos maintained her impeccable control on the mound, throwing 76 strikes out of 112 total pitches, the Maverick bats were still able to make contact. The five hits the Mavericks accumulated, along with untimely Pirette errors, gave Madison the early lead, and forced Poth to play from behind.
The gamble taken when scheduling a game with such a talented team is that if you lose, there could be a letdown in team confidence. But for Robbins and the Pirettes, the gamble paid huge dividends, as Poth fought back for the win.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Pirettes began their comeback. Unable to make solid contact off Maverick pitcher Ashleigh Pachecano, the Pirettes utilized their speed and base running to work their way back into the contest.
After a leadoff bunt single by Lindsey Lyssy, and a sacrifice bunt from Rodriguez, junior second baseman Heather Rocha scorched a two-out double into right-center field, scoring Lyssy and putting the home team on the scoreboard.
Cavazos followed with an RBI single to score Rocha, and the momentum was beginning to turn. Senior Kaylee Lyssy walked, and sophomore Ryann Boening slapped her second single of the game to load the bases. Fuller hammered a shot too hot for the Maverick shortstop to handle, and the lead was trimmed to 4-3. The game was then tied when junior outfielder Kelsey Garcia took ball four on a full count to drive in the tying run.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kayla Boening poked a one-out single into left-center field, putting the Pirettes’ most prolific scorer on the base path. Cavazos then plastered a two-out double into right-center to score Boening, giving the home team its first lead of the contest. Cavazos and the Poth defense quickly retired the side in the top of the seventh inning to solidify the 5-4 win.
With playoff brackets not yet complete, the Pirettes will hit the practice field and seek warm-up competition as they await their first playoff game. For playoff information and results, visit www.wilsoncountynews.com.
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