Softball wins once in Jourdanton tourney


     Jourdanton -- Hondo softball won once in its four games over the weekend, Feb. 25-27, in Jourdanton High School’s Greatest Show on Turf.

     The Owls got their one win, 10-1, Friday morning over the host Jourdanton Squaws. 

     On Thursday evening, the Owls lost to Holy Cross, 5-1, and fresh off the win over Jourdanton, fell to Natalia, 2-1. In the Owls’ lone game on Saturday, they dropped an 8-1 decision to Navarro.

     In Hondo’s tourney opener with Holy Cross, the Owls didn’t have trouble connecting, picking up seven hits, but weren’t able to get runners home. Down 5-0 in the top of the sixth inning, the Owls’ RBI came when Jodeci Bermea drove in Katelyn Hermes. Both had two hits in the game.

     Hondo enjoyed plenty of run production in their 10-1 win over Jourdanton. Caylin Alonzo was 4-for-4 at the plate, all singles, while Hermes was 3-for-3, with a double, a triple and three RBI. Emily Fernandez, Megan Buerger and Mia Garcia also drove in runs, as the Owls raced to a 10-0 lead in the third inning. Bermea and Molly McElroy both pitched two innings, combining on a four-hitter.

     In the 2-1 loss to Natalia, Garcia allowed only two hits to the Lady Mustangs, but the Hondo bats collected only three hits. The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, when Bethany Ybarra doubled to center and came home on an error.

     Natalia’s two hits both came in the bottom of the third, leading to the pair of runs.

     Garcia had the Owls’ other two hits.

     In the Saturday morning opener, with Navarro leading 2-1 starting the fourth inning, the Lady Panthers pulled away for the 8-1 win, outhitting the Owls, 12-5. For the second straight game, Garcia was 2-for-2 at the plate, while Alonzo had the Owls’ RBI, with a third inning double that scored Vivi Sopel.


Big 6th inning lifts Natalia past Owls


     Natalia -- The Hondo softball team was held to a single hit – and single run – on Tuesday night, March 2, as Natalia scored three times in the sixth inning for a 3-1 win over the Owls. Hondo slips to 2-4 on the year.

     This Friday, March 5, the Owls will host Antonian in a game added to the schedule last week. Game time is 5 p.m. for the JV and 7 p.m. for the varsity.

     On Tuesday, March 9, the Owls will host Pearsall, also in a 5/7 doubleheader.

     The home game scheduled with Boerne for next Friday, March 12, has been canceled. Instead, both the Owls and Lady Hounds will be going to the rescheduled Medina Valley Tournament. The original MV tourney was snowed out, and rescheduled for March 11-13. In addition to Hondo, MV and Boerne, the rest of the field will include Floresville, Carrizo Springs, Fredericksburg, La Vernia and Lake Travis. Hondo will play three games next Thursday and two games on Friday.

     Tuesday night, Natalia pitcher Abi Woodson, who two-hit Hondo on Friday, fanned 15 Owl batters to get the win. 

     Hondo broke open a scoreless tie, however, in the top of the sixth. Jazzy Rodriguez reached base on a one-out error and stole second. Megan Buerger then doubled to right center to give the Owls a 1-0 lead.

     Natalia responded in the bottom of the inning, capitalizing on two walks with a pair of doubles, to make it 3-1.