Squaws club Cotulla, set to battle Mustangs for district crown



Jourdanton’s Lexi Wheeler delivers a pitch. She struck out eight batters in seven innings during the Squaws’ shutout of Cotulla on April 15. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton’s Lexi Wheeler delivers a pitch. She struck out eight batters in seven innings during the Squaws’ shutout of Cotulla on April 15. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton’s softball team held off Cotulla for a 2-0 senior night win on April 15, setting up for a fight for the district title with Natalia.

“They played a good game today. Cotulla fought hard. They held us to two runs. It was a little closer than before, breaking our string of scoring 10 runs,” Jourdanton head coach Chuck Ponton said, referring to the team’s six-game streak of 10 runs. “We have to play those games to get ready for the playoffs.”

Jourdanton pitcher Lexi Wheeler allowed six hits and two walks and struck out eight batters while pitching all seven innings. She threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 28 batters she faced.

Also, she had the Squaws’ lone RBI.

Laney Harlan had two of the team’s seven hits.

Jourdanton scored one run in the first and one in the sixth.

Jourdanton senior outfielder Sydney Briones, one of the team’s six seniors, said senior night was another example of how the team comes together in clutch situations.

“I’m so proud we finished strong. We’re all a team together and we all support each other,” she said.

The Squaws (20-6, 7-0 District 3A-30) will head to Natalia April 18 for the district finale in which they hope to clinch the district title. The Mustangs (25-4, 6-1 District 3A-30) are ranked 14th in this week’s 3A ranking by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Jourdanton beat Natalia 10-9 in eight innings on April 2 for their first district meeting. If Natalia wins on Thursday, the the two teams shall play a tiebreaker.

“When Jourdanton and Natalia meet, it’s always an amazing game. We’re looking forward to it. I know they are,” Ponton said.

Last year, the season split between Jourdanton and Natalia forced the Squaws to win the district title in a tiebreaker against Karnes City. Ponton and his players have expressed a hope they can win outright and avoid that situation.

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