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With 10 runs on the scoreboard in the top half of the first inning, the La Joya Lady Coyotes had no trouble cruising to their third district win against the Juarez-Lincoln Lady Huskies Tuesday evening. The Lady Coyotes improved their overall record to 8-8 and their District 30-5A record to 3-1.
The loss left the Lady Huskies winless in five district games and dropped their overall record to 2-11.
While Coach Adrian Trevino’s Lady Huskies managed to pull within eight runs of the Lady Coyotes with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning, that would be as close as they would get as they went on to lose in four innings by a score of 17-2.
The game was called early as a result of the UIL’s 15-run deficit rule after three innings or 10 runs after five.
La Joya High’s head softball coach Charlie Rodriguez was pleased with the way his girls performed on offense.
“We had enough energy out there tonight to compete well. We put the ball in play, so I’m happy about that,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez made note that his pitcher got off to a bit of a shaky start but he was pleased with the way she settled down and shut the Lady Huskies out in the final three innings.
“Our pitcher Stephanie Hernandez struggled a little bit in the beginning but she got better as the game went on,” said Rodriguez. I have another pitcher that is a sophomore but Stephanie will probably pitch for us the remainder of the season. As long as she stays healthy.”
With eight seniors on his roster, Rodriguez has a lot of experience to work with this season. As a result, he is hoping to improve on his team’s 7-7 district record last year (15-12 overall) and possibly take the next step into the playoffs which they missed out on by one slot last year.
As for Juarez-Lincoln, Trevino knew that the move from 4A to 5A this year would make a playoff run more difficult than usual, but he still had post season aspirations for his squad. Aspirations which may now seem to have been nothing more than wishful thinking.
“Right now we have three teams in our district that are ranked in the top 25,” said Trevino. “We’ve got Edinburg, Edinburg North and Sharyland. We knew what we were getting into when we got into this district but we set our sites on getting into the playoffs, but right now it’s just not materializing for us.”
The Lady Coyotes will have their hands full tonight as they host the 4-1 Edinburg Lady Bobcats who are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Sharyland Lady Rattlers. The Lady Huskies will be playing the Edinburg Economedes Lady Jaguars tonight at Economedes. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
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