Bi-District Champions - Stockdale no contest
After taking down the San Diego Lady Vaqueros in a playoff warm-up last week, the Squaws faced the Stockdale Lady Brahmas in a one game Bi-District Playoff. At the end of the night, Stockdale provided minimal competition for the Squaws as they dominated them from start to finish. Jourdanton (20-6, 10-2) moves on to the Area Playoffs where they face the Refugio Lady Cats (18-3, 13-1) in the Area Playoffs.
San Diego- The San Diego Softball team was in town last Thursday for a playoff warmup for the two, playoff bound squads. Thanks to an early lead, the Squaws were able to clinch a victory fueling them into the playoffs on a positive note.
Jourdanton’s Cassandra Reyes took the mound, as she allowed no hits, struck out eleven, walked one in the game.
Offensively, the Squaws took control of this game in the second and third innings. Jourdanton scored their first run in the bottom of the second, thanks to a Kloe Burris single and an E-7 put into play by Gaby Dillard giving them a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, the Squaws scored their final runs as they used an E-3 put into play by Kelsie Ripple, an E-3 put into play by Kyanna Floyd, a Jessica Eisenhauer single and a Kelly Carrasco single to score three final runs.
San Diego was able to add a run in the top of the fourth and one in the top of the sixth, but it was not enough. Jourdanton held on for a 4-2 victory.
“I knew we would get a test early and often from them. We were missing some girls in key spots due to a band concert, but that is when you need players to step up and play. We got our bats going and we did get our opportunities on base. We were able to go up early and Cassandra did a good job of keeping their heavy hitters under control,” stated Coach Ramos.
At bat- Kelsie Ripple 0-3, Kyanna Floyd 0-2-1run scored, Cassandra Reyes 1-3-1double, Jessica Eisenhauer 1-3-1run scored-1double, Kloe Burris 1-1-1run scored, Gabby Dil- lard 0-3-1RBI, Kelley Carrasco 1-3-2RBIs, Lauren Bowers 0-3, Breanna Henderson 1-3.
Bi-District Playoff- Floresville Jaguar Field was standing room only on Monday night, April 30th for a Class 2A Bi-District contest between Jourdanton and Stockdale. Despite slamming the Lady Brahmas in a non-district matchup, Coach Ramos insisted his team could not take Stockdale lightly as the Lady Brahmas would put up a fight.
The Jourdanton Squaws came out and dominated from the start, as they worked behind Cassandra Reyes to claim an easy victory. One thing that did cause concern was the amount of errors that occurred on defense, but luckily on this night the offense took up the slack.
Reyes allowed only two hits, struck out six and walked one in the five-inning victory for the Squaws.
After shutting down the Lady Brahmas 1-2-3 in the top of the first, the Squaws went to work. Jourdanton used the following offense in the first inning to set the tone which fueled them to the lop-sided victory: An E-5 put into play by Kelsie Ripple, a fielder’s choice by Kyanna Floyd, a Cassandra Reyes single, a Jessica Eisenhauer single, a Kloe Burris single, a Kelley Carrasco single, an E-5 put into play by Kat Ramirez, a Gaby Dillard single, a Ripple single, and an E-6 put into play by Reyes. As a result, the Squaws scored nine first inning runs putting Stockdale in a hole they couldn’t overcome.
Jourdanton went on to score three runs in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth to amount to their 17-run performance. This is all they would need for the Bi-District victory.
“I told the girls I did not want to see them nervous or pressured from the fact this was a playoff game. I wanted them to go out and have fun doing what we had been doing all year. Cassandra wasted no time as she struck out the first two out of three batters. Offensively, that is when the fun began. We started hitting the ball, and stealing bases right away. Before I knew it, we had a 9-0 lead. We had not had a big inning like that all season,” stated Coach Manuel Ramos.
The Squaws didn’t let up the intensity, as they got out of a couple of big innings defensively including one inning in which Stockdale had bases loaded with one out.
“Defensively there were a couple of times when we had an error here and there, but the one thing I kept stressing about this team is they don’t give up and don’t get down on one another. When one makes a mistake, there are eight other girls there to back them up,” Coach Ramos added.
The Jourdanton Squaws finished the game offensively with eleven hits compared to just two by the Lady Brahmas. This marked the Squaws first playoff round victory since 2006, when they defeated Comfort 3-1 in the Bi-District playoffs. Jourdanton went on to the Regional Quarter-Finals where they fell to Lexington 7-1, 7-5 in a best of three series.
At bat- Eisenhauer 1-4-2runs scored, Ripple 2-4-2runs scored, Burris 1-2-2runs scored-1RBI, Vacca 0-3-3RBIs, Ramirez 2-3-1run scored-3RBIs, Carrasco 3-3-2runs scored- 2RBIs, Reyes 2-4-1run scored, Dillard 1-3-1run scored-2RBIs, Floyd 3-4- 3runs scored-3RBIs.
Area Playoffs- The Jourdanton Squaws will face the District 31-2A Co- District Champion Refugio Lady Cats who enter the playoffs for their 7th year in a row. Refugio finished 13-1 in district play as they tied the Odem Lady Owls for the Co-District Title. Refugio won the flip taking the first place seed.
The Lady Cats are led by their junior pitcher on the mound, who has been their go-to girl since she was a freshman. Refugio has a number of talented hitters and is very aggressive on the bases.
Jourdanton and Refugio will square off in a best of three series which will begin on Friday night on the road in Refugio. The Squaws and Lady Cats will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Lady Cat Field.
Game two will return to Squaw Field in Jourdanton, with a 6:00 p.m. first pitch scheduled.
If game three is necessary, it will begin 30-minutes after game two in Jourdanton and a flip will determine the “home team”.
“As we enter the next round against Refugio, we know they will be a good test for us. If we can play Squaw Softball for seven innings, we should be o.k.,” stated Coach Manuel Ramos.