PLEASANTON—The way Pleasanton softball coach Ronda Savage put it, “by the fate of the Lord above” the Lady Eagles were able to pick up a key district win.
Whatever the cause, Pleasanton took advantage of a Somerset substitution miscue in the sixth to seize momentum in a 10-6 victory Friday at the Eagle Complex. The subbing error extended the inning after the Lady Bulldogs appeared to pick up the third out trailing 7-6.
Somerset coach Abraham Alvarez—who received a warning after multiple verbal run-ins with the umpires—failed to check in his first baseman after she was subbed out, making her ineligible in the field. After Madison McDonald was thrown out at first, Savage alerted the umpires of the Somerset mistake, which negated the third out.
“The win for us tonight was excellent. It’s a great moral booster for the girls,” Savage said. “We’ve been fighting off injuries and sickness all year long. We’re finally getting back in the groove. To knock off a team like Somerset in the first round is a very big thing for us. They’re not an easy team to beat, and they proved that.”
Pleasanton senior Brenda Leal made the Lady Bulldogs pay, clearing the bases in the next at-bat. Leal hit a double to bring in Chloe Bryant, and she and McDonald scored after a throwing error sent the ball into the outfield.
“I was a little nervous. I’ve been kind of struggling,” Leal said. “…There were two outs and two runners on base. This is the position I’m always put it, and I usually come in clutch. I don’t want to brag on myself, but that’s my position. That’s whenever I shine.”
The big inning came after a four-run sixth by Somerset to take the lead. The Lady Bulldogs went up 6-3 after a double down the third-base line.
Somerset jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first, but the Lady Eagles answered with three runs. Laney Esquivel hit a double, and McDonald drove her in two batters later. Leal picked up two RBIs with her first double of the game to put Pleasanton in front 3-1.
Bryant, who reached on a walk, scored on the hit. The junior, who went 2 for 2, delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI single to left field with two outs in the sixth.
“Relax, you’ve been in this situation before. This is your spot. This is what you’re supposed to do,” Bryant told herself before the at-bat. “At the beginning of the year I kind of struggled, but I knew it was my time finally. I’m glad it came now.
“I feel like it was a pretty big win. I knew as a team we could do it, it’s just more of the underclassmen really believing in themselves. Sometimes they get really nervous. And I feel like that’s our job as upperclassmen, to really make them feel like we need you and you’re good.”
The win put the Lady Eagles at 2-1 in district, but Pleasanton fell to Cuero on Monday to drop back to .500.
The Lady Gobblers topped Pleasanton 10-0 in five innings to remain in second place in 30-4A. Stats from the game were not available at press time.
The Lady Eagles will take on Beeville on the road Thursday to close out the irregular playing week caused by the holiday weekend.
The Lady Trojans are ranked No. 2 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll and beat Pleasanton 6-0 in their first meeting March 13.