Big Spring's Mercedes Ruiz catches a ball at first base for an out during a game against Snyder earlier this season. The Lady Steers locked up a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over Monahans on Saturday.
The one-year playoff drought is over.
Big Spring defeated Monahans on Saturday by a score of 2-1 at Lady Steer Field, then Snyder beat Greenwood to ensure BSHS the final postseason bid from District 4-3A.
The Lady Loboes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Lady Steers answered quickly answered back.
Senior Logan Yarbar â€” who allowed just two hits from the circle in her final regular season performance â€” connected for a one-out single in the bottom of the first, then was advanced to second base when contact was made by Haley Dimidjian, who was thrown out at first. Angelina Castillo picked up a RBI base hit to tie the game at 1-1.
Valerie Goodblanket smacked a home run in the bottom of the third to add the final run of the outing.
A typically solid showing by Yarbar combined with strong defensive play by the Lady Steers â€” most notably from Ayanna Gomez in left field â€” kept Monahans of the board for the remainder of the affair.
BSHS Head Coach John Sparks couldn't be happier for his team.
â€śWe played well,â€ť Sparks said. â€śEven though it was a low-scoring game, they played hard. The girls knew what they had to do and they went out there and had fun and took care of business. Ayanna had some outstanding plays in left field. Logan keeps stepping it up â€” it's awesome how she's played. I give credit to Monahans for playing hard, too.â€ť
Big Spring's offensive production is the focus for Sparks as he prepares his squad for the bi-district round, where they will be facing the winner of today's meeting between Presidio and Fort Stockton.
â€śPutting the ball in play is a big concern,â€ť Sparks explained. â€śWe need to score more runs if we are going to go deep in the playoffs. We've got to come and focus at practice.â€ť
Most of all, Sparks just wants his team to enjoy the ride. Especially his cadre of seniors, which set an early goal of earning a postseason berth after missing it last season.
â€śIt couldn't have come at a better time,â€ť Sparks added. â€śThis year's team â€” it's the best team I've ever coached. And it's because of these seniors. I want them to just have more fun.â€ť
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