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Melanie Van Damme applies the tag to a Pearsall runner Somehow, the runner was ruled safe, during the Owls’ 10-9 win.


Hondo hangs on to edge Pearsall

Hondo needed a win Friday, April 11, at Martin Field to secure itself a place in the softball postseason.

They came away with a much tougher win than they had hoped for, but the 10-9 victory over Pearsall did the trick.

The Owls earned a playoff berth as the #3 seed out of District 29-AAA, with Rockport-Fulton, the runner-up in 30-AAA, on tap for bi-district. Playoff details have not yet been worked out.

Pearsall scored twice, once unearned in the top of the first, before the Owls matched it in the bottom of the inning. Three straight singles from Maddy Ainsley, Gari Zinsmeyer and Emily Bernal got things going, and later in the inning, Melanie Van Damme singled in the tying run.

Hondo built a 6-2 lead in the second with two unearned runs. Mariah Lloyd reached on an error to start the inning, followed by singles from Ainsley and Zinmeyer. Van Damme added another single and came around to score on an error.

Pearsall came back with three in the top of the third, before the Owls answered with one in the bottom half. Ainsley singled with one away and scored on Bernal’s triple to center.

Hondo added to its lead with three in the fifth. A pair of errors brought in two Owl runs that were already on base. Van Damme tripled and came home with the final run on Prysilla Ramon’s RBI single.

Down 10-5, the Lady Mavs still made things interesting in the top of the seventh. They put two runners on base before the Owls recorded two outs. Then, a hit batter, a single and a double made it 10-9, and a wild pitch brought the tying run to third, before Liz Neuman recorded the last of her eight strikeouts to end the game.

The Owls put together 17 hits in the game, with Ainsley going 5-of-5, all on singles, while stealing three bases and scoring three runs. Bernal was 3-of-4 with two RBI. Zinsmeyer, Van Damme and Ramon also had two hits each.

Owls end regular season with run-rule win

Lytle -- Closing out the regular season Tuesday, April 14, the Hondo Owl softball team took care of business in a big way, earning a run-rule victory over Lytle, 14-3.

The Owls clawed their way to a 5-0 lead after the top of the third, before the Lady Pirates cut into the lead with three in the bottom of the inning.

Hondo unloaded in the top of the fourth with eight runs to put the game out of reach, then added another in the fifth.

Melanie Van Damme was 3-of-4, with four RBI, including a two-run triple and two-run single.

Maddy Ainsley, Emily Bernal and Mariah Lloyd all had two hits each in the Owls’ 12-hit attack, while Mackenzie Aleman pitched all five innings to get the win.

Hondo concludes the district race with a 6-4 record, and moves into the playoffs with a 10-12 season mark.

Playoff details with Rockport-Fulton, the runner-up in 30-AAA will be worked out later this week. The bi-district playoff round must be completed by Tuesday, April 29.

Lytle earned the district’s fourth playoff spot which previously winless Crystal City beat Pearsall on Tuesday to knock the Lady Mavs out of contention.



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