“I think the girls fought hard and had a great game,” first-year coach Cortney Hunkapilar said.
She said ultimately the loss came down to errors, but that she was still proud of the girls.
The game started out in favor of the Santa Gertrudis Lions when they scored two runs in the top of the first inning but, a big play by Cecilia Bauer kept the girls’s spirits up.
“Cecelia had a home run in the bottom of the first that really helped the girls,” Hunkapilar said.
But the momentum was not enough the carry the girls for the rest of the game.
There were some errors by the Lady Cats, but there were also some high points for the team.
According to Hunkapilar one of the strongest defensive plays of the game was a double-play in the fifth inning by Morgan Klaevemann, Jackie Gonzalez and Kaitlyn Williams. The play put out two Lion’s players that could have potentially scored runs for the already leading Lions.
The fourth and final run for the Lady Cats was scored by Klaeveman during the seventh inning. She reached on an base hit and teammate Bauer followed with an RBI base hit to add to the Lady Cats side of the scoreboard..
Despite their efforts the team still fell short and lost.
Hunkapilar had words of encouragement for her team.
“I told my girls I was proud,” she said. “All year people doubted us (we made it father in playoffs than anyone thought). They (the girls) had great determination and heart.”
Refugio went through a realignment this year and faced some tough teams.
The overall season performance for the team was stellar and the farthest the team has made it in the playoffs since the program was started in Refugio.
“They have more talent than they give themselves credit for,” Hunkapilar said.
Five seniors, three of which are starters will be graduating this year, but Hunkapilar has high hopes of returning to the playoffs next year and hopes the bar that was set by this year’s team can be surpassed next year.