Major, Junior girls pick up early round wins
by Bruce Harper
Jul 10, 2013 | 798 views | 0 0 comments | 1113 1113 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – The Major and Junior Girls All-Stars both won early round softball games in their respective postseason tournaments last week.

In Rockport, the Major girls edged a tough Odem squad 10-9 on the Fourth of July.

Beeville scored three runs in the first, but Odem fought back in its half of the frame to tie the score. The Beeville bats came alive in the second with a seven-run explosion to jump out to a 10-3 advantage.

Odem rallied for five runs over the third through fifth innings, to make it a 10-8 ball game heading into the final frame. In Odem’s last at bats, they loaded the bases and got one runner home to edge closer at 10-9. With the bases still loaded but with two outs, the Odem batter hit a grounder to Beeville third baseman Laikyn Lopez, who promptly threw to catcher Kaitlyn Pelitire for the force and the final out, preserving Beeville’s 10-9 victory.

Beeville started Tiah Flores in the circle, and Jessalyn Burkett tossed the final two innings.

“Both pitchers did an outstanding job on the mound, and, defensively, we were aggressive,” said manager Lisa Pelitire.

“Haley Deal had an outstanding defensive game and can account for more than half of the outs in the game.”

Junior girls

In Sinton on Wednesday evening, the Junior girls out-slugged Orange Grove 13-9 to earn a first round win.

Beeville led early and maintained a lead throughout the contest. The home team led 4-2 after one inning, but the OG girls closed the gap to trail by just one 5-4 through three innings. Orange Grove took the lead away from the Beeville squad in the fourth with a three-run inning, going ahead 7-5.

The Bulldog lead was short-lived, however, as the Beeville girls struck for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to gain a 10-7 lead. Stephanie Fierova came off the bench with a big two-run double that inning.

Orange Grove again made it tight by pulling within one run in the top of the sixth, 10-9, but then the Beeville girls scored four more runs to hold on for the 13-9 victory.

For the Beeville squad, Saleen Flores and Kayla Johns combined on the pitching with Cierra Gonzales catching. Kayla Johns and Allison Gonzales led the team in hitting with three base hits apiece and each scored three runs. Raelynn Arrisola and Abigail Traylor also reached base three times.

In Sinton on the fourth, the Junior girls fell behind early, 4-1, but rallied late to overtake the defending District 29 champion squad from Rockport, 8-6.

In the top of the fifth, Beeville scored two runs to cut the Rockport lead to 4-3. After holding Rockport scoreless again, Beeville rallied for four more runs to take the lead. The Beeville ladies recorded the final out on a grounder to third baseman Michaela Chavarria, who threw a strike to first baseman Roslyn Holland for the final out to complete the victory.

Beeville’s Saleen Flores pitched the complete game with seven strikeouts. Allison Gonzales was the leading hitter, reaching base four times and scoring twice. Raelynn Arrisola also scored twice after getting on base three times. Alyssa Medina, Cierra Gonzales and Michaela Chavarria each had one base hit and scored once.

The Beeville Junior girls returned to action Sunday night to face Sinton, the only other remaining team in the winner’s bracket.
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