Update for April 17, 2014
MV unleashes bats in late innings
By Heath Clary
The Medina Valley softball team has repeatedly crushed its opponents this season, as they have only had one district game go the full seven innings. But Friday’s game against Harlandale started differently.
After four and a half innings, the score was still tied, and neither team had scored. Not surprisingly, Kylee DeCock was putting together a masterful pitching performance, but the Panthers couldn’t get anything going on offense.
A wild fifth inning was all the Panthers needed to pull away, and they ended up winning 11-0, and an inside-the-park home run by Abi Mangold triggered the run-rule in the sixth.
The Panthers sent eleven batters to the plate in the fifth, and scored eight runs. Jillian Mangold led off the inning with a single to the fence, and then Clarissa Santos hit a ground ball to second. The umpire initially called Mangold out at second on the flip, but after an appeal by Coach JD Beltran, the call was overturned and everyone was safe.
Melinda Parish and Lauren Sotelo each followed with consecutive walks and the first run was on the board. DeCock’s RBI groundout pushed another run across, and then the floodgates opened. Karli Sewell lined a single to center to score two more.
The Panthers used a little trickery to score another run later in the inning. With two outs and a runner on third, Brooke Mangold took ball four. But instead of stopping at first, she rounded the base and headed for second. The surprised Harlandale catcher threw to second, and the runner scored from third and Mangold was safe at second.
Jillian Mangold and Santos followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to widen the lead even more.
DeCock retired all 18 batters she faced, ten of them via strikeout. It was her second perfect game of the year, but she was helped out by a stellar defensive play in the sixth. Shortstop Abi Mangold covered a lot of ground when she scooped a grounder in front of second base and threw the runner out at first.
Abi Mangold came up big again in the bottom of the sixth, as her inside-the-park home run effectively ended the game and gave the Panthers their eighth district victory of the season.
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