Hondo softball 4th in Uvalde
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
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
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
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.