Squaws squander early lead at Lytle

Kaylee Schuchart pitches during Jourdanton’s 8-3 loss to Lytle on Tuesday, April 13. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Jourdanton Squaws squandered an early lead late against the Lady Pirates.

On Tuesday, Jourdanton lost on the road to Lytle 8-3. The Squaws jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. 

“We had it. We’re a contender every time and then we put ourselves out of it. We lose the fire, we lose the spark and our drive dies out,” said Head Coach Jessica Vrana. “You wouldn’t even think we were up. Sometimes we are up like three or four innings and then we let it slip away.”

She credited Lytle’s defense for turning balls that were in play into outs. The team is having trouble performing under high pressure situations.

“We need to work on our confidence, honestly. This team has so much potential and so much talent,” Vrana added. “We’re just lacking in confidence and believing in ourselves that we can and will execute when we’re called upon.”
Jourdanton went into the third inning with a 2-1 lead, but a passed ball by pitcher Kaylee Schuchart allowed Lytle to tie the game.

Jourdanton’s defense stopped two runners at home plate to end the fourth inning.

Another passed ball in the fourth inning saw another Lady Pirate cross the plate. Lytle hopped on Schuchart in the fifth inning, scoring four runs and that put the game out of reach for Jourdanton.

Schuchart took the loss after allowing eight runs on six hits and five walks with four strikeouts in six innings of work.

Emma Dorroh and Mia Lopez each had a hit and an RBI on their ledger. Bri Elizondo also had an RBI.

The fast start is great, but the team needs to settle in and do what they know they can do in Macey Briones’ eyes.

“We could have had them if we didn’t drop our heads early and came out strong,” Briones said.

She said it is a mental issue with letting teams come back into games.

“We need to learn to step up, put in the work and know it’s not just going to be handed to us,” Briones said. “We have to battle all the way through.”

She said the Squaws have to be in a positive state of mind if they are going to beat Poteet on Friday night.

“We can’t get into our heads early,” Briones said.

Jourdanton (3-15, 3-8) host Poteet on Friday.

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