Gonzales stuns #20 Yoakum
GONZALES – It is a little unusual for the entire Lady Apache softball hitting lineup to make plays in a single game. Then again, sometimes unusual things happen.
Every player in the batting order helped out in some way in Gonzales’ 7-6 thriller win over #20 Yoakum Monday night at Lady Apache Field in the District 28-3A opener for both schools.
“Our one through nine hit the ball,” said Gonzales head coach Holly Long. “There was not one girl that did not contribute something.”
“Everyone, the seniors, the juniors who have been on varsity since freshman and this year’s underclassmen, we all stepped up,” junior first baseman Sibil Philippus said. “We have come along way.”
The Lady Apaches made relatively few mistakes.
“I told them before the game that defense would win it,” Long said. “Yoakum made some mistakes and we were able to capitalize. (Lindsey) Akers pitched an amazing game.”
Down 5-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Apaches got a leadoff single by Shayla Simper and she went home for the game-tying run on the hit by Philippus.
“I just wanted to hit the ball and not strikeout because we needed some base runners,” Philippus said.
Philippus stole second and moved to third on the single by Cassidy La Fleur. A little later, Jessica Cantu smacked a ball down the third-base line for an eventual triple as Philippus and La Fleur scored to put Gonzales ahead 7-5.
The Lady Bulldogs managed to close the gap to a slim 7-6 in the seventh inning. Callie Witte got a leadoff single and moved to second on the fielder’s choice from Wishert to Philippus on Latrice Brown. Amy Malik then reached on an error, the same one that allowed Witte to score.
Ryan Hagan grounded out to Bozka to move Malik to second, who was left on base as Faith Hagan lined out to Bozka to end the inning and the game.
The win against Yoakum was the first for the Lady Apaches over their rivals in a while and the first positive result in the series for Long since she became Lady Apache head coach.
“This win was huge,” Long said in what could be considered a slight understatement. “We did not let down or die at any point. If it comes down to us and Yoakum (for the district title), this win will help.”
Yoakum jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the game as Ryan Hagan beat a throw to first, got to second on a passed ball and went to third as Faith Hagan hit a sacrifice bunt to Akers/Philippus.
Ryan Hagan scored on the error on Carroll’s ball. Reagan Renken knocked the ball to second baseman Kortney Wishert, who passed to short stop Carly Bozka on the fielder’s choice tag out on Faith Hagan as she tried to get back to second.
Meyer doubled in Renken’s runner, Danielle Darilek, for the 2-0 lead. Rex singled and a hit by Witte was enough to score Meyer.
Gonzales had two of their first three batters (Bozka and Morgan Simper) reach base on walks. Bozka moved to second on the sacrifice by Akers. Gonzales scored two on the two-run double by Shayla Simper.
Pitching and defense ruled the night until the bottom of the fourth when Jerika Vega tripled into left field. Philippus doubled to score Vega for the 3-3 tie.
Later, Madison Muscik, pinch running for Philippus, broke the tie when she came home on an error. The Lady Bulldogs came back with a pair of runs in the sixth. Malik got an infield single and got to second the sacrifice by Ryan Hagan to Shayla Simper.
Faith Hagan singled in Malik and continued to second on an error. Meyer’s hit scored Faith Hagan for the Yoakum lead.
Faith Hagan took the loss for Yoakum with seven runs on seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
At the plate for Yoakum, Witte was 2-for-4 with one run. Ryan Hagan hit 2-for-3 with one run, Faith Hagan went 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI, Carroll was 1-for-4, Darilek had one run, Meyer went 2-for-3 with one run, two RBI and a double, and Rex was 3-for-4.
Akers pitched all seven innings for Gonzales with six runs, 12 hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Shayla Simper hit 2-for-3 with two RBI, one run and a double. Philippus finished 2-for-3 with one run, two RBI and a double; La Fleur went 1-for-3 with one run; Vega was 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI and run scored; Cantu was 1-for-3 with a triple and RBI; while Bozka, Morgan Simper and Musick scored one run each
The Lady Apaches (9-3, 1-0) return to action when they host the Cuero Lady Gobblers at 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday.