After winning a district game during the past week (a 15-2 victory at Medina on Friday), Harper’s varsity softball team finds itself tied for first place with Sabinal with identical 9-1 records.
If the two schools are knotted in the top spot at the end of the regular season, they will face-off in a one-game playoff to determine the number one seed into the post-season action. That contest would be held in Bandera on Monday at 6 p.m.
The Ladyhorns hosted La Pryor in last night’s annual Parents/Parents contest. However, results were not known as of this week’s publication deadline.
Harper, currently sporting a 19-5 overall record, holds down 21st place in the Texas Girls Coaches Association statewide 2A softball poll.
Harper 15, Medina 2
Harper staked itself to a 3-0 lead in the top of the opening frame on its way to a 15-2 win at Medina on Friday.
In all, the Ladyhorns pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of three Medina errors.
Leading the HHS hit parade were Kaycee Duncan (3-for-4, three doubles and four runs batted in) and Jayd Esquell (also 3-for-4, a triple and three RBIs). Also adding bat power to the Ladyhorn line-up were Kinley Burns (2-for, a double and two RBIs), Gracie Green (2-for-4, double and an RBI).
Other hits were supplied by Mercy Garcia (lead-off inside-the-park home run, her third of the season), Logan Menzies (a two-run homer, her eighth), and Callie Koenig, Clare Porter and Kaylee Hirl.
Harper grabbed the early lead with a three-spot in the first, thanks in part to Garcia’s exciting four-bagger. The Lady Kats could only respond with one run in the bottom half of the same inning.
After collecting three additional runs in the third to take a 6-1 advantage, the Ladyhorns put the game away with nine runs in the fourth frame.
Menzies picked up her eighth home run in Harper’s nine-run fourth stanza, boosting the HHS lead to 9-1. During that frame, Harper was bolstered by four singles, a Esquell triple and a pair of base-on-balls.
Ladyhorn starting pitcher Koenig struck out six (to run her season total to 151), walked two and allowed three hits to earn the complete-game victory.
“Medina played some solid defense,” said Harper head coach Scott Vasquez. “They really didn’t make many mistakes, but the ones they did make allowed us to advance extra bases and move runners in scoring position.”
as of April 16
1. Harper (Ladyhorns) 9-1
1. Sabinal (Yellowjackets) 9-1
3. Center Point (Pirates) 6-4
4. Medina, 1A (Bobcats) 4-7
5. Brackett (Tigers) 3-7
D’Hanis, 1A (Cowgirls) 3-8
La Pryor (Bulldogs) 2-8