Update for February 26, 2015

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Hondo softball 4th in Uvalde tournament

Uvalde -- In its first extended action of the season, the Hondo varsity softball team placed fourth over the weekend in the Uvalde Softball Tournament.

The Owls fell to Bandera, 6-2, in a six-inning game on Saturday, Feb. 21, to decide third place.

Hondo, which fell to Pleasanton, 16-4, Tuesday evening, Feb. 24 in a seven-inning game at Martin Field, will be back in action Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 28, in the D’Hanis Tournament. On Tuesday, March 3, they’ll travel to Brackett for a 7 p.m. game.

To reach Saturday’s Gold Bracket in the Uvalde tourney, the Owls placed second in the six-team Pool B, where they played each of the other teams except for eventual tourney champ, Somerset. Hondo was 2-2 in pool play.

On Thursday, the Owls dropped a 3-2 decision to Crystal City, then got past the Uvalde JV, 5-4. On Friday, Cotulla defeated Hondo, 5-2, before the Owls came back with a 9-2 rout of La Pryor.

The Owls advanced to the top pool based on a run-scoring differential tie-breaker.

In Saturday’s semifinals, the Owls came up against Uvalde, which defeated Hondo, 10-0, in a five-inning run-rule contest.

Uvalde took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and blew the game open with a six-run outburst in the third. The Lobos added a single run in the fourth, and another in the fifth inning with one out, ending the game.

Hondo had four hits in the game, with two from Lizette Hernandez and one each from Stephanie Zinsmeyer and Mackenzie Aleman.

Freshman Gabie Aleman started in the circle. She was relieved by her sister, junior Mackenzie Aleman, in the fourth inning. The elder Aleman was Hondo’s representative on the all-tournament team, released after the tourney’s conclusion.

In the third-place game later on Saturday, Bandera defeated the Owls, 6-2. Two Bandera errors in the first inning led to an early two-run lead for Hondo. Bandera rallied for a run in their half of the second inning.

With the score still at 2-1 late in the contest, Bandera scored five times in the sixth inning, including a two-run triple from Kourtney Slagle.

Hondo collected three hits in the game, with two Iris Vasquez singles and one from Bailey Perez.

Gabie Aleman was the pitcher of record for Hondo.

Somerset wound up beating the Lobos, 7-2 in the championship game, after crushing Bandera, 15-0, in the other semifinal game.

Sabinal topped Cotulla, 8-5, in the game for fifth place.


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