Lobos debut against Panthers

The Uvalde Lobos will begin both their regular season and their District 28-5A softball season Tuesday.

They will be on the road to battle the defending district champion Medina Valley Lady Panthers at Castroville.

The varsity game is set to begin at 7 p.m. and that game will be preceded by a 5 p.m. junior varsity game.

Last season, the Lady Panthers trounced the Lobos twice in district play. They won by a score of 11-1 at Castroville and beat the Lobos, 10-2, in the other matchup.

Medina Valley and Southwest are pre-season picks to vie for the district softball title this season.

The Lady Panthers return most of their personnel from last year’s 34-4 ball club that lost to the Seguin Lady Matadors in the third round of the playoffs.

Last season, the Lady Panthers scored 10 or more runs in 14 of their ball softball games.

Coach Kristina Finger’s Lobos enter this season in rebuilding mode after graduating 10 seniors from last year’s 20-12 ball club that lost to the Kerrville Tivy Lady Antlers in the second round of the post-season playoffs.

Four lettermen return from last year’s UHS softball team, including Megan Flores, Lenisa Tomasini, Ashtyn Leigh, and Clarissa Estrada.

Some of the top newcomers to the team include Briana Mata and Jocelyn Bustamante.

Others who are fighting for a spot on this year’s varsity team include Melina Blanco, McKayla Camacho, Cecilia Cantu, Kassandra Flores, Justin Flores, Jaden Luna, Candice Moreno, Andriah Treviño, Sofia Tomasini, and Sophia Valerio.

Following the Medina Valley opener, the varsity Lobos will take part in the Navarro Tournament at Huber Ranch near Seguin, while junior varsity Lobos will host the Uvalde High School tournament.

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