The Ball High Lady Tors’ bats were ineffective all game and their stout defense fell apart late, as the Manvel Lady Mavericks took a 4-0 win Wednesday.

Ball High head coach Courtney Phillips said Wednesday’s poor showing boils down to too much finger pointing and excuses being made among players.

“You’re either here to play or you’re not,” Phillips said. “They’ve got to come whether it’s night time out and it’s cold, whether it’s sunny out and it’s hot, or whatever.”

The Lady Tors were held to just three hits, an infield single by first baseman Zani Vela and a pair of singles up the middle from right fielder Leslie Castillo and center fielder Gabby Prets, in the game. Phillips said she saw some impatience from her batters at the plate coupled with a failure to adjust to Manvel pitcher Sydney Macias, who logged the complete-game shutout with three strikeouts and one walk.

“They were pitching us outside and pitching us outside and pitching us outside, and all I can say is, ‘Let the ball get in there. Let the ball travel. Let it get past you, because you can’t hit an outside pitch on the front corner of the plate and expect it to go anywhere,’” Phillips said. “It’s almost like a refusal. I told them I felt like it was kind of a slap in the face. They want to hit it so bad. She’s not throwing that fast, and we want it to be faster, but there’s not adjustments out there.”

Manvel jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when catcher Brianna Garcia crushed a two-out double over the head of Prets in center field to score Macias, who led off the game with a single blooped into shallow left field.

Ball High came unglued in the top of the seventh, as Manvel scored three runs on three errors — all with two outs in the inning — to pad its lead to 4-0.

“They started pointing fingers, saying, ‘me, me, me,’ pouting and not wanting to play,” Phillips said. “Had there had been any communication on the infield, that (first error) would’ve been an out and that wouldn’t have happened.”

Pitcher Janae Girouard had a solid outing for the Lady Tors, but picked up the tough-luck loss in the circle. In seven innings, she scattered seven hits and five walks and had five strikeouts and just one earned run.

Macias (2-for-4, one run) and Desiree De La Garza (2-for-3, one walk, one steal) had multi-hit games for the Lady Mavs.

Ball High (4-3 in District 23-5A) will try correct its issues in its next game 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Bend Marshall.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews


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