MONAHANS — Big Spring kept on rolling with a 14-1 shelling of Monahans on Thursday. Following Adam Franco's shutout performance Tuesday, pitcher Gunnar Kennedy found his rhythm, allowing just one run in the five-inning affair.
“(Kennedy) struggled in the first couple of innings, then he started to hit his spots and was lights out for us,” said BSHS Head Coach Bert Otto,
Again, the Steer offense was spread out, with batters 1-9 contributing at the plate.
“For some reason, (Monahans) is 0-4,” Otto said. “Coach (Robert) Dixon does a good job out there and they had one of their better pitchers back, but he was off and we took advantage of it and got some hits."
Big Spring is now 3-1 in District 4-3A play and is mired in a three-way tie for first place along with Sweetwater and Wylie.
The Steers will be traveling to Abilene to take on the Bulldogs next Friday. Last year, the Steers dropped both outings against the Bulldogs, but only by a total of three runs between both games.
“Wylie is a good team, but we feel confident,” Otto added. “These guys aren't intimidated by anybody — they just don't care. They want to go out and beat Wylie at something and this is their chance. They'll be up to it because it's Wylie. They will be up to it because it's a district game and these guys want to win.”
MONAHANS — It was a “crazy game”. That's how BSHS Head Softball Coach John Sparks described the Lady Steers' ninth inning, 7-6 win over Monahans on Thursday.
Big Spring started off with 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning after a pair of Monahans errors, a wild pitch and three base hits by BSHS, including a RBI single by Haley Dimidjian which drove Valerie Goodblanket home.
Despite the good start, Big Spring left the bases loaded.
Mercedes Ruiz connected for a base hit in the top of the third, which scored Castillo, to extend the Lady Steers' lead to 3-0.
Battling back, the Lady Loboes got a two-out, two-run single to make it a one-run game in the bottom of the third, kicking off a rally.
Dimidjian, Castillo and Gabi Torres each plated a run in the top of the seventh, knotting the game at six.
Monahans failed to score in the bottom half, sending the game into extra innings.
In the top of the ninth, Torres singled, Ayanna Gomez laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Torres to second base and varsity newcomer Nadya Viasana ended the game with a base hit to left field which scored Torres.
“We walked away with a 7-6 win,” Sparks said. “It was just crazy. We got lucky. We got the last hit.”
Next up for Big Spring will be a rematch with Wylie next Friday after the Easter break. The Lady Steers run-ruled the Lady Bulldogs, 12-2 in their last meeting.
“It's going to be a long week,” Sparks added. 'We will have to get some good practices in and get prepared.”
Big Spring is tied with Greenwood for second place in District 4-3A action. Both teams have 3-2 records. Sweetwater and Snyder are tied for first place with records of 4-1.
FORSAN — After smacking Hermleigh 17-2 Thursday, Forsan remains in first place, just ahead of Ira and Rotan in District 3-1A with 7-1 record.
Jahnia Willard led the onslought with five RBI. Willard picked up two triples and scored two runs herself for the Lady Buffaloes.
Ali Knight scored three times as well as recorded three hits and two RBI, including a triple. Knight also struck out nine batters from the circle and only allowed one hit and one earned run during the outing.
Shelby Roemer, Brittnie Cline, Maria Ortiz Kayla Tilley Gabby Womack and R. Munoz also got hits in the lopsided affair.
“All in all, the girls played well,” said FHS Head Coach Shanna Taylor. “We had several big hits and our pitching was much better. I feel really good going into the second round of district play. Our hitting has been consistent and our defense is looking much better.”