Softball Roundup: Paetow walk off winners for second straight game, Cinco Ranch tops Memorial

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 3/19/22

A game after walking off on a walk against Brenham, the Panthers were at it again, coming from behind to beat College Station in a 7-6 walk-off victory.

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Softball Roundup: Paetow walk off winners for second straight game, Cinco Ranch tops Memorial

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Paetow is getting used to this walk-off thing.

A game after walking off on a walk against Brenham, the Panthers were at it again, coming from behind to beat College Station in a 7-6 walk-off victory.

College Station was ahead from the jump, as the Cougars got two runs in the first inning. The Cougars were seemingly pulling away with it in the fifth, when they got four more runs on a home run and an RBI single to making things 6-0, but the Panthers bats came alive in the bottom of the inning.

College Station immediately got two outs in the inning before Sade Guerra got a single and Alexis Rodriguez got a single of her own. Peyton Luna walked to load the bases and Shy’Lynn Brown hit a two RBI double to get Paetow on the board. Then the Panthers trimmed the College Station lead to two runs as Luna scored on a passed ball and Brown scored on an error.

Both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh from there, when the Panthers took the lead for good.

Guerra reached on a single to start the inning before Rodriguez singled to advance Guerra to second. Both players got into scoring position on a wild pitch before Luna walked to load the bases. Brown then came up in the clutch with a single to trim the deficit to one run. Catherwood then came to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Rodriguez and an error by the second baseman allowed Brown to score, giving the Panthers the win.

Brown got the win for the Panthers on the mound as well, coming on in relief and pitching 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out two and walking none while allowing just two hits.

Saturday

Chela Kovar was feeling it Saturday.

The Cinco Ranch pitcher had over a week of rest heading into the teams matchup against Memorial, and that fresh arm showed, as she shut out the Mustangs in an 11-0 Cinco Ranch win.

Kovar struck out seven over five innings, walking none and surrendering just two hits on 64 pitches to earn the victory while the Cougars offense  gave her more than enough cushion on the day.

The Cougars offense all came in one inning. The Cougars didn’t score in the first or second but put on an onslaught in the third inning.

Faith Piper walked to start the inning and came in to score on an error, giving Cinco its first run. Shelby Hodge then doubled to center field to score two more. Kovar helped herself out, reaching on an error and scoring a run and Katie Schmidt made it 6-0 with a single, driving in two more runs.

And the Cougars weren’t done in the inning. Amanda Croteau added two more runs on a ground ball single to left, before Mariah Hinojosa put the cherry on top, hitting a 3-run home run to center field.

Both Hinojosa and Croteau ended the night with three RBIs, while Hodge and Schmidt added two RBIs a piece in the win.

Thursday

Paetow walks off against Brenham

It was tight all night for Paetow in its game against Brenham and it didn’t get decided until the bottom of the seventh, as the Panthers beat Brenham 3-2 on a walk to Alicia Briones with the bases loaded.

Briones was also the one who got Paetow started in the first inning, as she tripled to center field to score Mia Galarza, who had led the game off with a triple.

Brenham answered back in the third inning. Avery Maurer drove in on a run on a single to tie things and Hallie Scheel gave Brenham the lead with another RBI single.

Paetow came back to tie things in the bottom of the fourth. Shy’Lynn Brown singled to start the inning and then stole second and then third to put herself in prime scoring position. Then Makalynn Paterson hit a sacrifice grounder to bring Brown home.

Things remained that way until the bottom of the seventh. Jade Catherwood salked to start the inning and advanced to second as Paterson bunted for a single. Galarza then bunted and reached on an error to load the bases and the game ended when Briones drew a walk to bring in a run.

Jordan comeback falls short against College Station

Jordan hung around and scored five late runs, but it wasn’t enough after the Warriors had fallen behind early in an 8-5 loss to College Station.

College Station scored in each of the first four innings of the game, with three runs in the first, one run both in the second and third innings and three runs in the fourth inning.

Jordan started to climb back into the game in the firth inning. Morgan Eisenberger singled to start the run and Allie Hakimzadeh walked to put two runners on. From there Cady Bowyer tripled to center field to score two runs.

Jordan got three more runs in the sixth. A. Duhon doubled to start the inning, before Amy Owen tripled to score Duhon. Lyra Berry singled to score another run and after Megan Anton singled, she came around to score on a wild pitch to make things 8-5.

But that was the last runs Jordan would score, as College Station held them scoreless over the final inning.

Bowyer ended the night with two RBIs to lead the Warriors, while Eisenberger had two hits to lead the team.

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