In Thursday’s opener at Huber Ranch, the Owls got on the board in the first inning when Kaitlyn Hermes doubled and came around to score. But Victoria East scored seven times in the top of the second and kept pulling away for a 12-1 win.
Immediately after that, Hondo rebounded with a 7-3 win over Edcouch-Elsa. The Owls took advantage of six Yellowjacket errors putting up four runs in the top of the first and three more in the third to build a 7-0 lead. Emily Fernandez had two hits, including a double, while Jasmine Galindo, Caylin Alonzo and Mia Benavides all drove in two runs. Benavides went the distance in the circle for the win.
Friday afternoon, Alamo Heights put up two unearned runs in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead, and got a solo homer to lead off the third to produce a 3-2 win over the Owls. A second inning single by Megan Buerger drove in Alonzo with Hondo’s first run. Galindo hit a two-out triple in the third and came home on an error for the other run.
After spotting San Diego with a run in the third in the late game on Friday, the Owls put up three in the fourth and two more in the fifth to claim a 5-3 win. In the fourth, Fernandez doubled, Galindo singled, Alonzo tripled and Bethany Ybarra connected for a sacrifice fly to give Hondo a 3-1 lead. The Owls stretched it to 5-1 in the fifth, on a single by Emory Brandon, the third double of the game for Fernandez and another sac-fly, this time from Galindo. Molly McElroy, up from the JV, pitched the final three innings to pick up the win for Hondo.
Saturday morning, Southside picked up only three hits against Hondo pitching, but seven Owl errors and 10 free passes led to an 11-2 win for the Lady Cardinals. Hondo’s two runs came in the first on three singles by Shayla McElroy, Fernandez and Alonzo.
In their final game of the weekend, the Owls rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth to tie Seguin, but the Lady Matadors scored one in the bottom of the fifth to record the walkoff win, 4-3. Two singles and a home run staked Seguin to a 3-0 lead in the second. In the fifth, Vivianna Sopel, Shayla McElroy and Brandon put three singles together to produce a run, then Fernandez tripled to right center to tie it. Seguin posted the winning run in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff walk, an error and two singles.
PHOTO / JEFF BERGER
Hondo second baseman Vivianna Sopel covers first on a bunt during recent action with Natalia. The Owls will host East Central Thursday afternoon at 1:00.
Owls log 2 wins in Seguin tourney
Seguin -- Playing five 5As in six games at the massive Seguin Softball Tournament, the Hondo Owls came away with a 2-4 weekend.
As one of the 38 teams in the field, the Owls picked up one win on Thursday, March 5, beating Edcouch-Elsa, and another on Friday, March 6, defeating San Diego.
Hondo dropped one-sided contests to Victoria East and Southside, while losing one-run games to Alamo Heights and Seguin.
Now 5-15 on the season, the Owls will return to action Thursday, March 12, with a 1 p.m. home game against 6A East Central. On Friday, March 13, wrapping up their Spring Break week, they’ll go to Boerne for a 1 p.m. game against the Lady Hounds. District 29-4A play opens for the Owls on Tuesday, March 17, with a 7 p.m. game at Devine.