The game was the District 29 Junior division girls’ championship and it was a seesaw battle between the Odem and Beeville teams. It finally ended in the bottom of the seventh inning with the local ladies pulling out a 10-9 victory.
The win advances the Junior girls to the sectional round of the tournament, which begins on July 15 in Goliad. The Beeville ladies open play with an 8 p.m. contest against the District 27 title holder.
The Beeville girls scored single runs in the first and second innings to grab a quick 2-0 lead.
Odem came back and plated one run in the top of the third and then exploded for four runs in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead.
The Beeville girls answered quickly to regain the lead with a four-run uprising of their own in the bottom of the fourth for a 6-5 advantage.
Odem scored two in the fifth and Beeville fought back with three in its half of the inning to stretch the lead to 9-7 going into the sixth.
Odem responded with another two-run rally to tie the game and blanked the Beeville squad in the bottom of the sixth. The game went into the final inning knotted at 9-9.
Odem went down in order in the seventh and it appeared to be going the same way for Beevile. The first two batters grounded out to third before Victoria Muñoz reached on a single. Two passed balls later, Muñoz was on third with Lawson still at the plate. On a 2-2 count, Lawson hit a soft ground ball to the left side of the infield.
“I ran as hard as I could and hit the bag. Then I heard the ball pop into the mitt. The umpire said I was safe and I knew we had won,” Lawson said.
The bang-bang play was close but the call was good and the Beeville girls edged Odem, 10-9.
Anika Barbosa scored three times for the Beeville ladies, reaching base with two singles and was hit by a pitch leading off the first inning. Muñoz scored only once but it was the game winner. Lawson had the game-winning hit in the seventh and reached base on a walk and fielder’s choice earlier in the contest. Anyssa Barbosa reached on two singles and one free pass. Alexis Martinez stroked a single in the late innings. Tristian Moore scored twice, reaching on an error and a walk. Amanda Gonzales singled and scored in the fourth. Lynnisa Puente tripled and scored in the fourth. Destiny Carralez also singled and scored in the fifth inning.