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It may have been the first game of the season, but the Pleasanton softball team’s offense is in midseason form.

The Lady Eagles racked up 16 hits, taking their season opener 18-13 over host Devine on a chilly Monday night.

Pleasanton trailed 13-12 heading into the seventh inning before an Iyllsa Ramirez grand slam put the Lady Eagles in front for good.

Pleasanton put up six runs in the final frame to make up for seven errors in the field.

It was a back-and-forth contest, with the Arabians taking a 4-2 lead after the Lady Eagles plated two runs to start the game.

Pleasanton tacked on three more in the second inning and scored five runs in the fourth.

Devine matched the Lady Eagles’ fourth inning with five runs, pulling the Arabians within 10-9.

Pleasanton extended the lead to 12-9 through 6.5 innings before Devine played four runs to take a one-run edge.

Pitcher Madison McDonald picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Eagles.

The Arabians had 14 hits themselves but had to overcome four errors.

Laney Esquivel had a strong outing for Pleasanton, going 5 for 6 at the plate with two RBIs.

McDonald had three RBIs on 3 for 5 batting.

Ramirez went 3 for 5 as well, finishing wih a team-high six RBIs.

Esquivel and Ramirez each hit a double.

The Lady Eagles were originally scheduled to face Devine on Tuesday night, but the game was moved ahead because of the schools’ girls basketball playoff game against each other.

Pleasanton will return to action Thursday at the Kerrville Tivy tournament.

The Lady Eagles open play at noon against Floresville at Tivy High School.

Tournament games will also be played at Schreiner University.

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