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A pop foul lands just out of the reach of Hondo’s Prysilla Ramon.

Melanie Van Damme records the force out at second base.

Owl softball drops 2 to district leaders

Despite losing twice in the past week, the Hondo varsity softball team still found itself in control of its own fate heading into the final three games of the year.

The Owls dropped a pair of road games, 9-1, at Devine on April 1, and then lost a heartbreaker at Carrizo Springs, 4-3, last Friday, April 4.

In the loss to Devine, the Owls, who were victimized by a perfect game from Casey Montalvo during their meeting in Hondo, got a double from Liz Neuman to break the ice in the top of the second inning, although she was left aboard.

Devine got a run in the bottom of the second, but the Owls got out of the jam with a double play. On a line drive to center field, Maddy Ainsley doubled off an Arabian runner at second with a throw to Emily Bernal.

Hondo got its run in the top of the third. With Jana Peters aboard via a single, Mariah Lloyd put down a sacrifice bunt, but a wild throw on the play allowed Peters to score from first base. Devine also got out of the inning with a line drive double play.

The rest of the night belonged to Devine, which steadily pulled away and capped off the evening with a two-run homer from Ebonee Marquez in the sixth inning.

At Carrizo Springs, which had also run-ruled the Owls in the team’s first meeting, Hondo kept things a lot closer.

The Ladycats scored three runs on a two-out, bases-loaded double by Lexi Juarez in the second.

Hondo had a chance to pull even in the top of the third, but left the bases loaded.

The Owls got on the board in the fifth. Ainsley hit a one-out double and scored on Gari Zinsmeyer’s single. Another double from Bernal brought the Owls within a run at 3-2.

Hondo tied the game in the top of the seventh. Zinsmeyer led off with a single, moved up on a pair of grounders, and came home when Melanie Van Damme singled to left.

Carrizo, however, answered quickly, loading the bases with no outs for Raisha Tristan’s game-winning single.

Late Tuesday night, April 8, the Owls traveled to Crystal City, and crushed the last-place Lady Javelinas, 21-3.

While Devine and Carrizo have both clinched spots in the postseason, Hondo, at 4-4 in league play has three games left with teams it defeated during the first half of District 29-AAA play.

The Owls will play their final home game this Friday, April 11,at 7 p.m., against Pearsall. The Owls will conclude the regular schedule on the road with a Tuesday, April 15, game at Lytle. A win in either of those games will clinch a playoff spot for Hondo.



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