FRIENDSWOOD – It’s now or never for the Lady Mustangs softball team, which at times on Thursday evening didn’t look as if it had showed up at all.
Four errors in the first three innings provided more than enough of a cushion for George Ranch, which took a 6-3 win against Friendswood in the best-of-three 4A, Region III bi-district round.
“(Thursday night) was not our best game,” Lady Mustangs coach Kassie Pustjovsky said. “It looked like they were here to play and we weren’t. We just didn’t come out ready to play.”
The Longhorns gave starter Alexis Tovar all the offense she would need in the top of the first, assisted by a pair of Friendswood errors. Kate Martinez scored on a miscue by the Lady Mustangs, while Lulu Novak’s double and subsequent Friendswood error added two more runs for George Ranch.
Two more Friendswood errors helped lead to a pair of runs for George Ranch in the top of the second, as Martinez doubled home two baserunners and advanced to third on a Lady Mustangs miscue.
Alyssa Curtz added an RBI single in the third to extend the Longhorns lead to 6-0.
The Lady Mustangs got on the board in the bottom half of the third when Savanah Hartman walked, then scored on a three-base error by Tovar. Olivia Jackson then scored on a groundout that helped trim the gap to 6-2.
Friendswood failed to cut the margin in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with no outs after Ashley Elliot scored on an error.
However, Tovar was able to get out of the jam by forcing Brittany Woods to ground out, Abby Hayford to line out to short and Angela Fancett to ground to short.
“It’s all on the line,” said Pustjovsky, whose team will play Game 2 at George Ranch at 5 p.m. today, with a decisive game — if needed — at 7 p.m. “We have to make the adjustments. We have to hit the outside pitch. We have to stay up. We just got down a bit. We have to believe in ourselves.”