Big Spring softball head coach John Sparks believes Jillian Valle is his go-to hitter right now.
She proved why that may be the case Tuesday afternoon.
Valle’s game-winning home run in the seventh inning pushed the Lady Steers past Greenwood, 6-5 at home Tuesday.
It was her second home run of the game. She finished the day going 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
Sparks said Valle was as clutch as she could be. The Lady Steers were on their last out when Valle hit the bomb.
“It was fun. We lost some focus, but that’s OK, too. We learned and they played well. They stepped it up when they needed to and that’s a good thing. We’re on our way, we’ll see.”
BSHS’ standout pitcher Logan Yarbar pitched seven innings, allowing five runs and nine hits, but she did strikeout six Rangerettes.
While Valle’s hit was huge, Valerie Ross was solid, too, going 2 for 4 with an RBI. Haley Dimidjian went 2 for 5 with an RBI and Logan Yarbar tried to help her own cause with an RBI.
There’s still a lot of softball left to be played before district play and Sparks wants to keep things in perspective. While the win is nice, he said what his team does in the upcoming tournaments is key.
“There’s definitely some learning that needs to be done,” he said. “We have two more tournaments to play and after those two tournaments, we ought to be right there with anybody. It’s just small stuff. We get over that hump, we’ll be good.”
One of those tournaments is the one the Lady Steers will be hosting Thursday through Saturday. With 24 teams participating, Sparks said it should be an exciting weekend.
“Last year was our first one and people are really looking forward to coming to Big Spring,” he said. “We’re looking forward to having them here.”
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All didn’t work out as planned in the Coahoma Bulldogettes’ first district game of the season. They took a 7-4 loss to Post, Tuesday at home, falling to 2-7 overall, 0-1 in district play.
Coahoma had a 3-1 lead late in the game until Post exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning, sealing the Bulldogettes’ fate.
Coahoma’s Laurel Nix has three hits with an RBI, Joanna Gonzales and Kara Fuentes both had two hits and an RBI and Emilea Brumley also had an RBI.
Next up for Coahoma is the San Angelo Umpires Association tournament before a mammoth matchup with Coahoma.
The Forsan LadyBuffs took a 10-8 loss to Colorado City to open district play on the road. The loss puts the 2010 Class A state champions at 3-3 to start the season and 0-1 in district play.
Forsan head coach Shanna Taylor isn’t pleased with the start. She said her team is going through a few growing pains, but hopefully things will turn around in the Big Spring tournament Thursday.