Fatigue not an issue as Charge take down Racers

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas Charge Softball

Texas didn't have time for much of a breather.

After Friday night's road win over the Chicago Bandits, the Charge (6-4) had a quick flight home Saturday morning and headed straight for Bobcat Softball Complex where they kicked off their two-game home series against Akron (4-6) with a 5-3 win.

The team flew out at 9 a.m. and didn't really even have a chance to get a good meal in before first pitch at 5 p.m.

"The ladies had just a snack, they haven't really ate so for them to come out here and give everything they had left, it's a good win," Texas head coach Crystl Bustos said. 

Despite obvious fatigue, the Charge jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the bottom of the third thanks to two homers from rookie Bailey Landry, the team's first-round selection from LSU, and a two-run shot from designated player Nadia Taylor.

"It was a good combo between our slapping game and our power game with Landry going yard," Bustos said. "She's been able to drop a bunt, put power on it. It's really cool when she came to the team. To be able to see all the power come together along with our short game, doing what we needed to do, especially with the ladies being super tired. The pitching staff did a great job of throwing today. It was really, all-in-all, an exceptional job for them being tired."

Landry officially joined the team during their recent road-stint and has been at or near the top of the lineup since coming on board batting .286. 

"She's brought just that youthfulness, that speed, the drive, the hunger," Bustos said. "Everybody has it, but she just added that extra piece of not only being able to slap, but she just went 235 dead-center. That's always a good piece to have.

In the circle, Dallas Escobedo kept the Racers off balance with an arsenal of pitches including her backdoor curve, rise and developing off-speed. Escobedo recorded her second consecutive 11-strikeout performance Saturday night and allowed five hits in six innings. 

"All of it's kind of coming together which is good," Escobedo said. "I usually have a pretty bad outing early in the season and then kind of move forward so I think that's where I'm at now, trying to get better each day and doing what it takes to win with my team."

The triple-digit heat Saturday afternoon didn't bother Escobedo. As an Arizona State alum and a native of the state, it wasn't a big deal. In fact, she was anxious to get out to the field after getting stuck with an uncomfortable middle seat on the flight back from Chicago.

"That was rough," Escobedo said. "I was ready to get out here early. I love the heat...But just kind of getting stretched out, hanging out and acting like we were here all day. I kind of brushed it off and been able to go into my routine and what needs to get ready."

Brittany Mack-Oakes finished off the Racers in the bottom of the seventh despite walking two batters.

Texas returns for its second game against Akron Sunday at 1:05 p.m. before traveling to Waco Monday to play the USSSA Pride.

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