The San Marcos Rattlers pounded the ball and gave up only one run in four games Thursday, reaching the gold bracket of their own spring break tournament. The Rattlers will back in action on their home field Saturday to finish out the tournament. Photos by Jason Jump.
By JASON JUMP
Softball is a simple game when a team focuses on the fundamentals.
If one can hit, run, play solid defense and throw strikes more often than not, the result is going to be a victory.
A pair of disappointing 17-4A losses haunted the San Marcos High School softball team as it began the annual Lady Rattlers Spring Break Classic Thursday. The Rattlers dropped a decisions to Elgin in a Tuesday make-up game, then lost to Lockhart the next day.
But Rattlers’ head coach Cathy McBride saw her squad return to the basics Thursday to pick up three straight pool-play victories and a commanding 11-1 victory over Lewisville to advance to Saturday’s Gold Bracket.
“It has been a long week for us,” McBride said after the four wins Thursday. “We were a little bit exhausted, and I was wondering how we were going to come out and play, but our bats really came alive today. We just hit the ball really well, and everyone contributed.”
San Marcos leadoff hitter Katie Nichols led off the Lewisville game with a double to left-center field, then scored on Sarah Perez’s Texas League single to left, giving the Rattlers and early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
San Marcos exploded for six runs in the third inning. With one out, seven straight Rattlers reached base. Jena Gonzales and Anyssa Gonzales each hit two-run doubles.
Perez drew a lead-off walk in the fourth and later scored on a wild pitch. Jena Gonzales reached on a two-out Lewisville error to keep the inning alive. Marissa Cruz followed with a single and Ari Garza drove both runners in with a single, giving San Marcos a comfortable 11-0 lead.
Cynthia Barrera reached safely for the Fighting Farmers to lead off the bottom half of the fourth for Lewisville, later scoring on a Devon Duran single.
It was the only run the Lady Rattlers gave up Thursday in four games.
“It was nice to see them come in with some much energy when they could have just packed it in after the long week they have had,” McBride said of her team’s effort on opening day.
Allyson Morris worked a complete game to pick up the victory. She allowed just four hits over the four innings, striking out four and walking just one.
“Ally(son Morris) did a great job today,” McBride said of her hurler. “You can’t ask anything more out of her.”
The Rattlers opened pool play with a 3-0 win over Argyle, then hammered out a 7-0 win over Dallas Ursuline, the seventh-ranked private school team in the state according to the Lone Star Christian Sports Network (LSCSN.com). San Marcos closed out pool play with a commanding 8-0 win over San Angelo Lake View.
The Rattlers will open Gold Bracket play Saturday at 12:30 p.m., but they will have toawait Friday’s results before they know their opponent.
McBride said this is a really special tournament, especially for her class of seniors.
“Last year really hurt when we came up runner-up,” McBride said. “I think that is the closest we’ve come to winning the tournament maybe in about nine or 10 years. We have nine seniors on the team and their goal is to win the tournament. They want to go out (on top).”
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