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Lady Eagles win silver at Goliad tournament
by Henry Balderamas
Feb 26, 2009 | 305 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodsboro Lady Eagles won three of four games this past Thursday and Saturday for a second-place win at the Goliad tournament.

The Lady Eagles defeated Orange Grove, Goliad, and Refugio before falling to the tournament champion, the Floresville Lady Jaguars. The Lady Eagles will now travel to Alice this weekend to take part in the Lady Coyotes tourney.

Woodsboro opened play by defeating the Orange Grove Lady Bulldogs 7-4. The Lady Eagles pounded out 13 hits to make up for five errors and a slow start.

In game two Woodsboro buckled down and beat the host Tigerettes 11-1. The Lady Eagles turned in a solid defensive effort and exploded for seven runs in the top of the third inning to put this game out of reach.

Game three on Saturday was one that most of Refugio County was anxious to see as it pitted the Lady Eagles against the Refugio Lady Bobcats. This game proved to be the best game of the tournament as it turned out to be what everyone expected, an exciting game between two of the best teams in South Texas.

Refugio jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after their first at bat but, could not get anything going after that. Woodsboro scored three runs in the top of the fifth and held on for a 3-2 victory. The win put the Lady Eagles in the championship game.

In their final game, Woodsboro committed some early errors that gave Floresville a 4-0 lead after their first at bat. The margin proved to be too much to overcome as the Lady Eagles fell to the Class 4A Jaguars 7-2. The loss gave Woodsboro its second place finish.

“I was very pleased with our overall effort here,” said Coach Jaime Cano. “We had some players out due to injury and illness and our younger girls stepped up and played well for us. We did have a couple of fundamental breakdowns but, that is what tournament play is all about, to get you ready for district.

“We are a 1A school but, we are going to come out and play Lady Eagle softball. We have nothing but the utmost respect for every team that we play but, we are just as confident that we can beat any team.”

“Everyone is giving 100 percent at practice and it is showing at our games,” said junior shortstop Chelsea Bluemel. “We are really proud of our junior varsity players and the way they have responded. They really helped us out here in Goliad with three of our players out.

“A few more at bats will help us out. We saw some shoulders dropping and that is unacceptable in our program. We made a few mistakes but, we will work to correct them. We are all sisters and once we step out on that field, only our family matters.”

Pitcher Megan Carter recorded 18 innings pitched and 29 strikeouts. Eleven of those strikeouts came against Refugio.

Offensive statistics were as follows below:

Kaitlin McCool: 9 hits, 3 RBIs, 6 runs, 8 stolen bases;

Chelsea Bluemel: 4 hits, 7 RBIs, 2 runs, 1 stolen bases;

Lacie Jochetz: 3 hits, 2 RBIs, 1 run, 3 stolen bases;

Megan Carter: 7 hits, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs;

Samantha Lopez: 2 hits and 1 RBI;

Mallory Jessop: 3 hits; 1 RBI, 3 runs and 1 stolen base;

Valerie Balderamas: 3 hits, 2 RBIs, and 3 runs;

Bria Brown: 1 hit and 2 tuns;

Melissa Cisneros: 3 hits, 1 RBI, 4 runs and 1 stolen base;

Melinda Hernandez: 1 stolen base.
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