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Two Lady Mules softball teams traveled to Houma, Louisiana, over the Fourth of July holiday to play in the regional Bath Ruth tournament.

The 14 and Under team, coached by Juan Sanchez, placed first in the tournament and will continue to the World Series in Florida two weeks from now. The 10 and Under team, coached by Joe Garcia, placed 4th out of eight teams.

The 14U Lady Mules overcame Jefferson Parish, 16-3, and Littlefield, 17-0, before clinching the Regional Champs title 17-0 over Jefferson Parish Saturday.

The 10U Lady Mules won their first game, lost their second and won their third succumbing to Berwick 11-8 in the final game.

“They’re pretty excited,” said Sanchez as he and the 14U Lady Mule s traveled back to Muleshoe Sunday. “I’m excited. I didn’t think we’d make it that far.”

The team played in hot, muggy and occasionally rainy conditions, sticking together through the final game.

“None of them reacted till minutes later,” the coach said. “Then they all started jumping up and down. They couldn’t believe it themselves.”

In spite of the lopsided final score, Sanchez said Jefferson Parish was no pushover.

“They hit on us,” he said. “We had very good, strong upfront defense. The girls did good stopping balls from passing us so that we were able to keep runs from coming in.”

Sanchez credits pitchers Adalaid Agundis and Kyla Rodriguez for staying strong through the Friday doubleheader to get to Saturday.

“One started and the other finished in both games,” he said.

While understandably disappointed, the 10U team, undefeated during the season, received some positive attention.

“The girls received a lot of compliments from tournament officials and other team coaches and parents on how hard they played,” Garcia said. “They never gave up and showed great sportsmanship. We are very proud of these young ladies.”

The team also raised people’s consciousness about the city they represent.

“Everyone was asking where Muleshoe is, and a lot of peoples were googling up Muleshoe, asking how that name came about,” Garcia said.

The teams were able to attend the regional tournament thanks to parents and sponsors.

“Every parent came out and brought their own rides,” Garcia said. “Thanks to fundraisers, the sponsors were able to take care of hotel rooms and food for the girls. We’re hoping we can get more so can make it out there to Florida.”

Gail M. Williams

For The Journal


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