Most valuable player honors went to Alyssa McMahan and all tournament honors went to Shelby Quintanilla, Brittney Torfin, Shelby Bellows and Haley Brynelsen.
“The Lady Cats put on a display of sportsmanship and tenacity,” Coach David Cruhm said. “Early in the tournament Refugio seemed to roll through their opponents.”
The Lady Cats beat Donna Idea 7-0 and Banquete 5-0 in pool play. Things were not going to be as easy as expected after the first two wins.
The first bracket game against Banquete was different than the first.
“Banquete played tough but the Lady Cats proved to be a little more than they could handle,” the coach said.
The match ened with a 3-1 victory for Refugio. Game 2 against the Ingleside Lady Mustangs was as difficult as forseen.
The Lady Stangs jumped out in front with a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The top of the second, the Lady Cats tied it up 1 to 1.
Cassandra Ramirez scored after reaching base with a single. Brynelsen moved her to third with a single of her own. Chelsea Lara brought Cassandra around to score.
Ingleside answered with another run of their own, bringing the score to 2-1 Ingleside.
Refugio went on a scoring frenzy and brought home four Lady Cats including Shelby Quintanilla, Brittney Torfin, Shelby Bellows, Brittney Gumm.
Ingelside scored one in the bottom of the inning making the score 5-3. In the top of the fifth Alexa Montemayor scored an important insurance run for Refugio. With a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Mustangs mustered up some offense and scored two more runs.
“The Lady Cat poise shut the door and the game was won,” the coach said. “The championship game was just as exciting.”
A pitcher’s duel highlight of the show. Bishop Lady Badger pitching struck out the first nine Refugio players. Refugio’s pitching shut down Bishop as well, making the score 0-0 after 3 complete innings.
Consecutive key hits by Shelby Quintanilla, Brittney Torfin, and Shelby Bellows brought in the ice breaking score.
Shelby Bellows scored after a bobbled pitch by the catcher and the score was 2-0. However, Bishop did not go quietly.
With three consecutive hits of their own, they managed to score one hit but were denied the second by solid defensive play in the sixth.
“The seventh was sealed by great pitching and fundamental defense,” Cruhm said.