It may have taken a day longer than hoped, but the Friendswood Lady Mustangs completed a 4-2 win over the Texas City Lady Stings on Wednesday.
“It’s been a challenge for everybody, and I know it, and we’ve been talking about it as coaches,” Friendswood head coach Christa Williams said of the recent spate of poor weather. “So anytime you can come away with (a win), you know you’re doing OK.”
Each team scored all of their runs in a single inning and on separate days.
A pair of big blasts in the top of the second inning on Tuesday put four runs on the scoreboard for Friendswood.
Catcher Elizabeth Higgins led off the inning with a solo home run smashed to left field, and then back-to-back one-out bunt singles laid down by second baseman Maddie Wilson and right fielder Amani Adi set the table for a three-run home run rocketed over the center field fence by Tricia Yarotsky.
And just when it looked like the Lady Mustangs were mounting momentum, lightning strikes halted the game with one out in the bottom of the third, and the game was eventually postponed until Wednesday.
Texas City pitcher Davionna Driscoll settled in after giving up the three-run home run, retiring nine batters in a row and 17 of the final 20 Friendswood batters, overall.
“We did a better job adjusting on the first night than on the second night,” Williams said. “It’s hard to rebound emotionally when you’re on a high, and then you come back flat. That’s something I was worried about coming into it, and thankfully, our defense, for the most part, did a really good job.”
The Lady Stings got their two runs in the bottom of the sixth, with a leadoff single from Driscoll getting things started. Second baseman Messina White followed that up with another single, and then shortstop Mya Holmes laced an RBI double to deep center field. A well executed one-out suicide squeeze bunt drove home Messina.
“It shows me what we have, it shows me the kind of fight that we have in us after going down 4-0 quickly,” Texas City head coach Jennifer Oregbesan said. “It was a good outing back behind the four. I’m not mad at this loss. It came against a good team. They deserved every bit of it with those hits.”
Center fielder Dylayna Zornes extended the inning by drawing a full-count walk, but Lady Mustangs pitcher Chloe Riasetto got a strikeout to end the threat.
Yarotsky led Friendswood batters, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Riasetto earned the win in the circle, throwing all seven innings with two earned runs, four hits, three walks and 10 strikeouts.
Driscoll had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Both teams are tentatively scheduled to return to District 22-5A play 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Friendswood (2-0) hosts Goose Creek Memorial, and Texas City likely will host Ball High due to construction at Ball High’s home field.