Lady Steers lose; Lady Buffaloes, Bulldogettes advance to regional quarterfinals
Big SpringMIDLAND — After pounding Fort Stockton 14-5 in the bi-district round, Big Spring found themselves on the ropes Saturday in Game Two of a three-game affair against Andrews.Having lost Game One by a score of 10-5, The Lady Steers’ had to win in order to force a Game Three, but errors — 14 in two games to be precise — led to too many Lady Mustang runs, while Big Spring’s offense was helpless through seven innings.“There’s no question about it, our errors were our demise,” BSHS Head Softball Coach John Sparks said. “There was one inning in nearly every game where we’d commit errors. It gets us down. We have to learn from them – I have to learn from them."Andrews only scored in two innings, but six runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh was insurmountable for the Lady Steers(14-21 overall, 5-5 in District 4-3A).Despite the disappointing finish, Sparks had plenty of positive things to say about the season.“It was tough,” Sparks said of the season-ending loss. “I think we finished strong for the most part. This group of young ladies played together as a team. I’ve said it before, but this is the best group of girls I have had as long as I have coached. They really made it fun and I think the girls enjoyed the season. We did some good things. After the game, the Andrews coach and I talked and she said we had a good little team and we should hold our heads high.”One of the goals set by the Lady Steers early in the season was to make the playoffs. Sparks was happy his team tasted postseason victory, especially the seniors.“These seniors are a great bunch,” Sparks said. We’re definitely going to miss them. They have been an integral part of the team.”Sparks will have to replace several key players who will be graduating, including pitcher Logan Yarbar, who was solid from the circle throughout the season.“It will be a challenging year,” Sparks added. We’re going to be young, but that can be an advantage, too.FORSANSAN ANGELO — Forsan Head Coach Shanna Taylor kept her record of not losing a postseason game until at least the regional quarterfinal round of the postseason alive after routing No. 9 Eldorado, 16-3 on Saturday at San Angelo Central High School.“The girls came out focused and hit the ball well,” FHS Head Coach Shanna Taylor said. “We only had one strikeout. We put the ball in play in almost every at-bat. That kept them chasing the ball and led to us getting 16 runs."After making a Top 10 team look silly over the course of two games, Taylor said the biggest challenge is yet to come as they prepare to meet Albany in the regional quarterfinal round.“It’s hard to say about Albany,” Taylor explained. It will be an interesting series. They are a very good team who cnsistently makes the playoffs. They’re well-coached and have a lot of tradition, but I have still have faith in our lineup. We’re hitting the ball 1-9 and playing good defense.”Ali Knight — who was resting as Maddie Munsell took command of the circle for the day — recorded a double. Maria Ortiz and Shelby Roemer also had doubles.Game One of a best-of-three series is tentatively scheduled for Friday in Snyder at Western Texas College. Additional details will be made available soon.COAHOMALUBBOCK — When Jill Bradshaw began the season as first-year head softball coach for Coahoma, she knew she had to keep the strong Bulldogette tradition going.So far, she’s lived up to her end of the bargain. CHS defeated Muleshoe twice at Lubbock Cooper on Saturday to come back from a Game One loss and claim the area playoff round title.Muleshoe edged the Bulldogettes in the series opener, 2-1. Undaunted, Bradshaw’s squad came roaring back, pounding the Lady Mules 13-0 in a run-rule victory in Game Two.In the third and final outing, Savannah Neff belted two homers — her second and third of the day – sparking the Coahoma offense past Muleshoe, 12-8.“After falling behind a game, we knew we had to go out and take care of business,” Bradshaw said. “They did what they had to do and played two great games to get us to the next round.”Veteran pitcher Kyla Clanton threw all three games for Coahoma.“She did great,” Bradshaw said of Clanton’s performances. “She pitched her best game all year, all three games. She kept us in there the whole time.”Shelby Franklin and Kara Fuentes each recorded two RBI in Game Three to help key the win.Next up for the Bulldogettes will be a one-game affair with rival Colorado City in the regional quarterfinals Friday in Snyder at 6 p.m.“We’re just going to try to keep our bats going and keep the errors down,” Bradshaw added.