Squaws’ playoff hopes take hit

Kaylee Schuchart watches a pitch as it flies toward home during Jourdanton’s 14-3 loss to Cotulla on Tuesday, April 6. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Kaylee Schuchart watches a pitch as it flies toward home during Jourdanton’s 14-3 loss to Cotulla on Tuesday, April 6. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Jourdanton Squaws are now on the outside looking in at the playoff picture in District 27-3A.

Jourdanton (3-14, 3-7) suffered a pair of losses to Cotulla and Dilley last week. Those losses put the Squaws two games behind fourth place Lytle in the final playoff spot.

“I always say when you’re called upon, you need to execute,” Head Coach Jessica Vrana said. “You’re only provided one opportunity and either you do it or you don’t. Right now, our biggest thing is getting tough. When the hard times get bad, you’ve gotta get tough. So, our motto is ‘grit,’ showing grit.”

The Squaws lost 14-3 to Cotulla on Tuesday due to a late collapse.

Jourdanton trailed 6-2 after the second inning and proceeded to hold the Cowgirls scoreless for the next three innings. An RBI single by Jourdanton’s Bri Elizondo in the fourth cut the deficit to three runs.

Six Jourdanton runners were stranded on base after that RBI and Cotulla scored eight runs in the final two innings. The Squaws left the bases loaded to end the game.

“We just have to learn that, when we’re provided opportunities, we have to execute,” Vrana said. “When we’re leaving runners on, that’s the hardest because we’re not doing our job. We’re trying. We’re getting runners on, yes. But, when it comes time for people to execute, it’s just falling short sometimes.”

Macey Briones delivered a home run in the second inning in response to Mia Garcia’s three-run shot for Cotulla in the top of the inning. That was one of two extra base hits for the Squaws, along with Kaylee Schuchart’s double in the seventh inning. Briones finished the game 1-for-3 at the plate.

Schuchart got the start in the circle and was charged with the loss after surrendering 14 runs on 11 hits and nine walks with two strikeouts.

Though Schuchart took the loss, there were areas of growth. She hurled hitless frames in the third and fourth innings, facing the minimum of six batters in that time. Kandice Garcia worked a single out of a 10-pitch at-bat in the first inning, as well.

Along with the basesloaded situation in the bottom of the seventh, Jourdanton will need to continue that growth to have a chance at making the playoffs.

“It’s big, because, again, when we’re provided opportunities, we need to take advantage of them,” Vrana said. “Cotulla’s a good team all around and when we get chances like that, we just have to execute. We can’t leave runners on or people stranded whenever that stuff happens. When we’re provided that opportunity next time, I hope we’re better equipped and more knowledgeable to be able to handle that and execute.”

Jourdanton suffered another late collapse in a 5-4 loss to Dilley on Friday, April 9.

The Squaws led 4-1 entering the bottom of the fifth before Dilley scored four unanswered runs between the fifth and sixth innings. Three of those four runs came on errors by the Jourdanton defense.

Schuchart was charged with the loss on Friday after allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Only one of the runs charged to Schuchart was an earned run.

Briones hit her second home run in as many games with a three-run shot to open the scoring in the third inning. Briones and Emma Dorroh each finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate.

Jourdanton traveled to Lytle on Tuesday. They host Poteet on Friday.

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