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
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
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.