After an up-and-down season, perhaps it was appropriate that the Big Spring Lady Steers earned a spot in the state softball playoffs by doing … nothing.
The Lady Steers, who were idle Tuesday, earned the third and final postseason berth from District 5-3A by virtue of Brownwood's 19-7 win over Abilene Wylie. If Wylie had defeated Brownwood, it would have ended the season tied with Big Spring and forced an extra game with the Lady Steers to determine the district's final playoff representative.
Having waited to see if they would make the playoffs, the Lady Steers must now wait some more to see who they'll face in the first round of the postseason. Big Spring (15-18 overall, 3-5 in district play) will face the second-place team from District 6-3A — either Iowa Park or Burkburnett — at a time and place to be determined.
BSHS Coach John Sparks said his team has to shore up its spotty defense — the Lady Steers committed 16 errors in their final two games — to have any chance at postseason success.
“I think the girls are more than capable of playing upper-level softball,” Sparks said. “We were successful in our final game … Now, we just have to beef up our level of play and eliminate our mistakes. The girls need to play hard-core, passionate softball.”
An early lead didn't hold up for the Big Spring Steers as they dropped a 15-8 decision to Andrews in non-district baseball action at Steer Park Tuesday.
The Steers led, 6-5, after two innings, but the Mustangs roared back with five runs in their half of the fourth to take the lead for good.
Jacob Acosta took the loss on the mound for the Steers, who fell to 10-15 overall with the loss.
“We started real well, but we made a couple of errors and things just steamrolled from there,” BSHS Coach Burt Otto said. “In the fourth inning, Andrews hit a grand slam and that pretty much put us away. But the kids competed and hustled … and that's all you can really ask from them.”
Big Spring concludes its season Friday when it hosts Sweetwater at 7 p.m. at Steer Park.
COAHOMA — The Coahoma Bulldogs pulled to within a game of the third and final playoff spot from District 3-2A by downing Colorado City, 8-4, in league baseball action Tuesday.
The Bulldogs spotted C-City a 2-0 lead after three innings before rallying to take the lead in their half of the fourth. Consecutive doubles from Dakota Griffith, Adrian Grant and Casey Roberts, followed by singles from Jason Castilaw and Kaleb McAdams, led to three runs and a lead Coahoma never surrendered. Grant, who finished the game with six RBI, added a three-run home run in the fifth inning to provide the Bulldogs with some insurance runs.
Starting pitcher McAdams, with relief help from Griffith, earned the win for Coahoma, which improved to 13-9 overall and 5-5 in district play.
The win moves Coahoma a game behind Forsan for the district's third playoff spot.
“The kids played pretty solid baseball,” Coahoma Coach Shane Fuller said. “They did a good job and they need to keep it going if we're going to make the playoffs.”
The Bulldogs return to action Thursday when they travel to Denver City. Varsity action begins at 4:30, with the junior varsity game to follow.
COAHOMA — The Colorado City Lady Wolves rallied for five runs in the final two innings to take a 9-5 decision over Coahoma in District 3-2A softball action Tuesday evening.
The Bulldogettes led 5-4 after four innings, but were unable to score any more runs, stranding 10 runners on base in the process. Coahoma also hurt its chances by committing three errors which led to four unearned runs for Colorado City.
Starting pitcher Kyla Clanton took the loss, striking out nine and walking one while allowing 13 hits.
The Bulldogettes, who fell to 13-20 overall and 6-5 in district play, return to action Thursday at Denver City. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
FORSAN — The Forsan Buffaloes found themselves down by five runs before they ever came to bat and never recovered, dropping a 15-6 decision to Slaton in District 3-2A baseball action Tuesday.
The loss drops the Buffs to 6-4 in district play, a game ahead of Coahoma for the third and final playoff spot from the district.
Starting pitcher Payton Parker took the loss for Forsan.
“It was a tough loss, definitely,” Forsan Coach Jason Phillips said. “We didn't play well in the first inning, and you can't do things like that against a good team like Slaton. The good thing is that we still have our playoff destiny in our hands. If we win our final two games, we're in the playoffs.”
The Buffaloes return to action Friday when they host Lubbock Roosevelt at 5 p.m.
FORSAN — Ali Knight and Kevy O'Brien combined for a no-hitter to lead the Forsan Lady Buffaloes to a 16-0 pasting of Slaton in District 3-2A softball action Tuesday.
The Lady Buffs scored six runs in the first inning and eight in the second as they cruised to victory in the game, which was called after the fourth inning because of the mercy rule.
Knight and O'Brien each pitched two innings and surrendered only three walks for the night, Forsan Coach Shanna Taylor said.
Forsan improved to 19-8 overall and 10-2 in district play.
Taylor said her team is peaking at exactly the right time.
“Because we had so many new faces at new positions this year, it took time for things to develop this year,” Taylor said. “We starting to peak now, and that's what you want to see from your team.”
The Lady Buffs return to action Friday when they host Lubbock Roosevelt. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
MIDLAND — The Howard College Hawks steamrolled Midland College, 11-1, in non-conference baseball action Tuesday.
Brendan McCurry had a home run, a triple and five RBI to lead a 15-hit attack for the Hawks, who won the game in seven innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Hawks, 16-6 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference action, return to league play Friday and Saturday when they host a four-game series with New Mexico Junior College. Action begins at 1 p.m. both days at Jack Barber Field.