District Showdown: 14-6A Championship on line between San Marcos, Austin Bowie
Photo by Gerald Castillo
San Marcos always knew it would be in this position.
Through nine District 14-6A games the Lady Rattles have themselves tied for first place with Austin Bowie, and when they take on the Lady Bulldogs tonight at 7 p.m. they can win the district championship.
“For us, to be in this position and jumping up a classification to 6A and to have the girls in a situation where we could win the district is extremely special,” head coach Cathy Stoughton said. “You get that close and you want to close the deal. So, we’re excited for the game Friday.”
San Marcos (17-12, 8-1 14-6A) fell to Bowie (19-4, 8-1), 3-0, during its first meeting on April 4. The Lady Bulldogs stymied the Lady Rattlers at the plate.
“That’s the one thing that I think was the roadblock against Bowie last time was our offense,” Stoughton said. “Their pitcher kept us off balance and moved the ball around. I think she had four or five strikeouts. So, we put the ball in play, we just weren’t making solid contact. So, we’re going to have to be more patient and more disciplined about the pitch selection that we have.”
San Marcos’ offense, however, bounced back after the loss with four straight wins, including two run-rule wins over Del Valle and Manor. Stoughton believes her team’s performances since losing to Bowie will help boost the team as it prepares for the Lady Bulldogs.
“We have a lot of confidence at the plate right now,” Stoughton said. “We had a three game stretch there where I felt like we weren’t really hitting the ball well after all the offense we had created earlier in the season. When we came in to play Del Valle, we just lit a fire. We started hitting the ball well again and we hit the ball well extremely well against Del Valle. We hit the ball extremely well against Manor and we finally caught fire (Tuesday against Austin Anderson) and hit the ball.”
Sophomore center fielder Ysa Gonzales said the team is confident about tonight’s game. They believe they can claim their first district title since 2015.
“I guess just our little mistakes (from the first game against Bowie) that we need to fix but if we have no mistakes we should get that game,” Gonzales said.
Stoughton said San Marcos will prepare like crazy for its game against Bowie.
“Matchups, other little strategical things that we think will help us against the kind of team they have and hopefully that’ll put us over the top on Friday,” Stoughton said.
The Lady Rattlers are excited for the opportunity to play for the district title.
“We’re ready,” Gonzales said. “We’ve been ready for this for a long time.”