Promising start in district continues for Eagles with high scoring



Pleasanton softball players greet Madison McDonald (30) at home plate after her second inning home run against Brooks Academy on March 12. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton softball players greet Madison McDonald (30) at home plate after her second inning home run against Brooks Academy on March 12. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton’s softball team grabbed a pair of lopsided wins, including one in district.

“We’re hitting well. We’ve made adjustments to make sure our bottom of the lineup is hitting, getting back-to-back hits to get runs,” said Pleasanton head coach Ronda Savage.

The Eagles (9-6, 3-1 District 4A-30) beat John Paul II 10-0 on March 8.

They scored six runs in the first inning. Taylor Bryant drove in her older sister, Chloe, with a triple to start the onslaught. Melody Johnson hit a three-run double. Autumn Guerra and Chloe Bryant hit RBI singles in a fourrun second inning.

The Eagles beat Brooks Academy 16-1 on March 12.

Pleasanton scored seven runs in the first inning for a 7-1 lead. Messiah San Miguel stole home to start the onslaught and had an RBI single after Adrianna Solorzano hit a two-run double. Madison McDonald led off the second inning with a home run over the left field fence.

Two batters later, Aurianna Rich hit an RBI triple as Pleasanton continued to score nine runs that inning. Chloe Bryant also hit an RBI triple that inning, scoring that play after a throw sailed over the third baseman’s glove.

San Miguel has seven hits in the past three games, including three in a 7-3 win at Poteet on March 5.

The Eagles have played strong defense through the first 15 games.

“We’ve been solid defensively in every game. Navarro just got hits on us [in the Eagles’ lone district loss thus far on March 1]. We’ve limited errors. The most errors we’ve had is two. I’ve told the girls that the further we get into the season, it’s going to be about who makes one error,” Savage said.

Savage pointed to the next two games, at Gonzales on March 14 and at home against La Vernia on March 19, as big ones with the Eagles hoping for good positioning in the middle of the district schedule.

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