The Lady Eagles defeated Goliad, Hebbronville, and the host 4A Alice team before falling to Orange Grove and Bishop.
“I was pleased with our overall effort but, our bats did not come around on the second day of the tournament,” said Coach Jaime Cano. “It is very difficult for me to gauge where we are right now because we have had so many girls out due to injury and other commitments. However, we will not use that as an excuse because we expect each girl to step up when they are called upon. We made 12 errors against Orange Grove and Bishop and that alone will get you beat every time. We will get back to work and get ready for our next tournament.”
In game one against Goliad, pitcher Megan Carter struck out eight batters and the Woodsboro defense held the Tigerettes to just three hits in a 6-0 shutout. Carter and Lacie Jochetz also had RBI doubles.
Game two saw freshman Malorie Nesloney make her varsity debut on the mound for Woodsboro. Nesloney and the Lady Eagles held Hebbronville to four runs on just three hits in an 11-4 rout. Woodsboro exploded for five runs in the first inning to set the tone early. Kaitlin McCool tripled to start the game.
Game three brought Woodsboro its toughest test in the host Alice Coyotes. This game was a pitcher’s duel throughout as Carter and her counterpart Ana Moreida allowed just two hits each.
Alice scored its lone run in the top of the fourth inning on a passed ball and an error. The Lady Eagles responded with two runs in their last at bat to win 2-1.
“This was a huge win for our program,” said Cano. “Megan (Carter) struck out 13 batters and we held them to just two hits. Alice is a very good 4A team. They compete with good teams in their district like Kingsville and Tuloso-Midway that both have good programs.”
Day two of competition saw the Lady Eagles take on a familiar foe in the Orange Grove Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Eagles had previously beaten Orange Grove at the Goliad tournament.
Woodsboro took an early 1-0 lead after their first at bat but, eight errors later it was the Lady Bulldogs that prevailed 3-1.
Woodsboro’s final game came against 2A powerhouse Bishop. The Lady Badgers are the perennial favorites to take the District 32-AA title and make a deep playoff run. The Lady Eagles matched the Lady Badgers inning for inning until the fourth and fifth innings. Four errors led to three unearned runs by Bishop sealing the win for them 3-0.
“We would have liked to play at full strength but, we held Bishop and Orange Grove considering the errors we made,” Cano said. “It is great to compete against these good teams. These close low scoring games are exactly what we need to help us down the road. We will take what we learned from this tournament and try to improve on what we have. We also would like to say thanks to all our loyal fans that were in Alice supporting us proudly.”
McCool; 5-hits, 3-RBI, 4-runs scored, 3-stolen bases
Chelsea Bluemel; 5-hits, 1-RBI, 3-runs, 2-stolen bases
Jochetz; 3-hits, 2-RBI, 2-runs
Carter; 7-hits, 4-RBI, 2-runs, 1-stolen base, 20-innings pitched, 35-strikeouts
Melissa Cisneros; 3-hits, 1-run
Samantha Lopez; 6-hits, 3-RBI, 3-runs, 2-stolen bases
Mallory Jessop; 5-hits, 3-runs, 3-stolen bases
Meagan Niemann; 1-hit, 1-RBI, 1-run, 1-stolen base
Bria Brown; 2-hits, 1-run, 1-stolen base
Nesloney; 4-innings pitched, 2-strikeouts