After suffering through a string of defeats last week, the Ball High Lady Tors needed a response.
They got it the form of a 6-2 upset over the Santa Fe Lady Indians in a District 23-5A encounter on Tuesday night at home.
“We struggled a little bit and tried to find ourselves and see what we could do to become a team and tonight, we broke through and got over that hump,” said Ball High head coach Courtney Phillips, who beat Santa Fe for the first time in her six years as coach of the Lady Tors on Tuesday. “We played the game like we should.”
Ball High improved to 2-1 in district play while Santa Fe fell to 3-1.
“I think we worked hard as a team,” said Santa Fe head coach Beth Baros. “We just couldn’t do what we needed to at the plate tonight.”
Ball High had six hits, while Santa Fe had four.
Ball High’s Janae Girouard was the winning pitcher for the Lady Tors, while Santa Fe’s Maddy Blake was in the circle for the Lady Indians.
Ball High struck first in the bottom of the second inning after a single by Kaila Lee and a walk by Grace Smith. Shortly after, a single by Copley Davis plated Lee to give the Lady Tors a 1-0 lead.
With a runner in scoring position, Marikate Maggio’s single brought home Davis for a 2-0 Lady Tor advantage before the end of the second.
“We told them that putting the ball in play is everything,” Phillips said. “If you can’t put the ball in play, you’re hurting yourself. We were able to do our thing. I think that was key.”
Ball High couldn’t ask for a better start to the bottom of the third inning, leading off with a triple into deep center field by Gabby Prets.
A Britaney Shaw single scored Prets before Lee’s two-run homer made it 5-0.
The Lady Indians tried to climb their way back in the fourth frame, scoring two runs.
Rylie Bouvier singled and eventually made it to third base in the top of the fourth. She reached home on a wild pitch.
Maggie Childs scored on a sacrifice by Destinie Revier.
A double play by the Ball High defense in the top of the sixth inning got Reese Reyna out at first base and Childs out at second. Ciara Trahan’s out left the Lady Indians in a three-run hole.
Maggio’s single in the sixth made it a four-run game.
“We have work to do,” Phillips said. “It doesn’t stop here. We’ll face a good Galena Park team on Friday. We can’t settle, but it’s still a big win. We fought for it.”