By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The Lady Mules came back from a 6-3 deficit to Idalou Tuesday afternoon to defeat the Lady Cats 7-6. The big win on Tuesday may have cost the Lady Mules what many felt was a given. Littlefield defeated the Lady Mules 19-13 Saturday afternoon.
Idalou scored one run in each of the first three innings to lead the Lady Mules 3-0 after two and a half innings.
The Lady Mules powered back in the bottom of the third inning to knot the game at 3-3. Brianna Barron reached on a fielder’s choice that forced out AB Mendoza at second base. Mendoza had led off the inning with a single to left field.
Madison Hasley singled to right field, and Barron went to second. Emili Mora sent a swinging bunt down the first baseline for a single and loaded the bases with Lady Mules. Clarissa Rejino helped out her cause with a first-pitch line drive to left field for a single. Barron and Hasley scored on Rejino’s single.
Rejino went to second base on the throw home in an attempt to cut off Hasley. Jillian Rojas sent a single to deep centerfield to plate Rejino and tie the game at 3-3.
Rejino set the first batter she faced in the top of the fourth inning down on three straight strikes. The next Lady Cat grounded out to Barron at second base. A double to right centerfield gave the Lady Cats hope, but Rejino dashed those hopes with three straight strikes to the Idalou cleanup batter.
The Lady Mules did not score in the bottom of the fourth inning leaving the score tied at 3-3.
A leadoff single put a Lady Cat on first to start the fifth inning. The next batter flew out to AB Mendoza in right field. The next batter popped out to Barron at second. Rejino sent the fourth batter of the inning to the dugout swinging at a rise ball.
Hasley sent a line drive single down the right-field line to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. Emili Mora bunted to the left side of the infield to sacrifice Hasley to second base. Rejino doubled to left centerfield to score Hasley from second base. The Lady Mules led 4-3 after five innings.
Idalou retook the lead with three straight singles, and a sacrifice fly to Mendoza in right field. The Lady Cats had plated three runs before the final batter popped out to Hasley in foul territory. Idalou led the Lady Mules 6-4 after five and a half innings.
Dellany Martinez singled to right field to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. Martinez was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice. Melody Moran’s ground ball to shortstop forced out Moran.
Mia Reyna scored Moran with a single to deep right centerfield. Mendoza’s ground ball to third base forced out Reyna at second base, but the fielder’s choice allowed Mendoza to reach first base. An error on the second baseman allowed both Barron and Mendoza to reach first and second base.
Hasley dumped a fly ball just over the pitcher’s head and loaded the bases with Lady Mules. Mora ripped a line drive to the fence in right field to score Mendoza and Barron. The Lady Mules had surpassed Idalou and led 7-6 after six innings.
Barron scooped up a groundball at second and tossed to Moran at first base for the first out of the top of the seventh inning. Mora snagged a line drive at shortstop for the second out. Rojas fielded a ground ball at third base and fired across the infield to Moran for the final out of the game.
Rejino struck out six batters and the Lady Mules committed four errors. Hasley led the Lady Mules with three hits and scored two runs. Mora had two hits and scored one run. Mendoza had a hit and scored a run. Barron had no hits but scored twice.
The Lady Mules may have taken Littlefield to lightly based on the previous three seasons. But the Lady Cats recorded 15 hits and scored 19 runs. The Lady Mules committed ten errors in the game.
Littlefield batted around in the second inning to score six runs and sent 11 players to the plate in the third inning to add seven more runs.
The Lady Cats aided the Lady Mules with 15 bases on balls and committed four errors.
The 1-1 Lady Mules will host the league-leading Shallowater Fillies Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 PM.