High School Softball: SM travels to Wagner
San Marcos, just like the other five teams in District 25-5A, has its eyes set on a big prize.
“Our goal is to win district,” said Cathy Stoughton, who is head coach of the Lady Rattlers. “I know we’re a younger team, but we feel confident about how good we can be.”
Through three district games, San Marcos (2-1) is right where it needs to be to make that projection a reality. After an 8-5 win Tuesday night over Converse-Judson, the Lady Rattlers sit in third place behind New Braunfels-Canyon and Smithson Valley.
San Marcos was tested by the Lady Rockets, as Stoughton’s team had to rally to keep enough distance between itself and the visitors. Judson led 2-0 early, but the Lady Rattlers scored six runs between third and fourth inning to open things up.
Several San Marcos players enjoyed solid nights at the plate. Sophomore second baseman Ellie Hernandez ripped an RBI double, freshman outfielder Gabby Guerrero led off the fourth with a triple and first baseman Cici Kinere also added a run-scoring extra-base hit.
“We hit the ball hard once we figured their pitcher out,” Stoughton said. “I’m glad some of the girls had the offensive nights they did to give them more confidence.”
Given how well the Lady Rattlers hit Tuesday night, they should feast on San Antonio-Wagner tonight on the road.
A few days ago, the Lady Thunderbirds fell victim to an offensive onslaught by New Braunfels. Wagner lost 12-1 and the Lady Unicorns won their first district game of the season.
If San Marcos is disciplined at the plate, it should be able to knock around the Lady Thunderbirds. Wagner’s main pitcher, Mallory Sandoval, has walked 45 batters in 84 innings and has a 4.42 earned-run average.
A win tonight would also give the Lady Rattlers confidence heading into a difficult week when they must face New Braunfels and New Braunfels-Canyon in consecutive games.