Charlotte’s softball team piled runs on top of runs in beating Freer during an area playoff rematch, reaching the regional quarterfinal for the third time in four years.
The Trojanettes pounded Freer 15-0 in Game 1 at home on May 2.
“The girls were seeing the ball well and hitting it pretty well,” said Charlotte head coach Chris Raimondi.
Charlotte started with two runs in the second inning before a 12-run onslaught in the third inning. Rhianna Bautista drove in Stephanie Ramos on a line drive through the left side of the infield for the fourth run of the attack. Bautista finished with two RBIs. Jessalyn Sanchez had two hits and three RBIs. Ramos collected two hits. Ariella Cumpian had two RBIs. Annelise Gaitan struck out eight batters in four innings.
When Charlotte headed to Freer on May 4, they experienced a tighter affair.
After Charlotte opened with a run in the top of the first, Freer countered with one. The Trojanettes scored four in the top of the third and Freer came back with four in the bottom half of the inning. Following a 6-5 lead through five innings, Charlotte added two in the sixth and three in the seventh and its defense held tight.
“Annelise bounced back,” Raimondi said of the senior pitcher who struck out five batters in seven innings while allowing eight hits.
Mercedes Sanchez had four hits and two RBIs. Mia Campos collected three hits and two RBIs. Ramos had two RBIs.
Charlotte totaled 16 hits and also capitalized on six Freer errors.
“Their defense made some plays, but we also capitalized on some of their mistakes,” Raimondi said.
Charlotte will face Sabinal, the eighth-ranked team in 2A, for the regional quarterfinal. The Trojanettes face Sabinal at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio on May 10 and at 12 p.m. on May 11, followed by a Game 3, if necessary at 2 p.m.
“We’re expecting a tough series. It’s been a couple years since we played them and that was a tough game. They’ve got a couple of really good hitters. Their pitcher throws hard. She is similar to Three Rivers’ [Isabelle Lopez],” Raimondi said.