Lobos face Highlands in playoffs

Thursday night at the Uvalde High School softball field, the Uvalde Lobos will take on the San Antonio Highlands Owls in game one of a best-of-three games bi-district softball playoff series.

Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Game two of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday on field number three of the San Antonio ISD Spring Sports Complex located near Burbank High School.

If needed, game three will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday at the SAISD complex.

Coach Kristina Finger’s Lobos, 15-10 for the season, clinched third place in the District 28-5A softball race with their 11-2 victory over the Southside Lady Cardinals last Tuesday night at the UHS softball field.

Up 3-2, the Uvalde girls scored eight times in the fourth inning to blow the game open.

Faith Mata doubled and Lenisa Tomasini singled to lead off the inning.

Mata scored on a wild pitch and Tomasini scored on a sacrifice ground ball hit by Chunky Estrada.

One out later, Kylie Sendejo made it to first base on an infield single.

Sendejo advanced to second base on a wild pitch and later stole third base.

Anahi Ramirez singled to drive in Sendejo.

Megan Flores hit a double to deep right field to drive in Ramirez.

Courtesy runner Jackie Silva scored on a single by Ashtyn Leigh.

On a wild pitch, Leigh moved up to second base.

Kamryn Arredondo reached on a Southside fielding error.

On the error, Leigh scored.

Faith Mata singled.

Lenisa Tomasini hit a run-scoring double to right center field and Chunky Estrada hit a run-scoring single to left field to top off the scoring.

Megan Flores came in to pitch in relief of starter Nadia Gonzales in the second inning.

Flores pitched until she was relieved by Anahi Ramirez in the seventh inning.

During her time in the pitching circle, Flores gave up four hits, walked two batters, and notched six strikeouts.

Flores’ teammates supported her with a pair of defensive double plays.

The Lobos, who finished district play with a 9-7 record, have won five of their last six games.

Four of their seven district losses came against District 28-5A co-champions Medina Valley and Southwest.

Coach Monica Acuna’s Highlands Owls, 12-2 in district play and 17-14-2 for the season, finished second to the San Antonio Edison Bears in the District 27-5A softball race.

Their lone two district losses came against Edison, 12-2 and 10-2.

The Owls have won their last six games in a row, including a 10-1 decision against the San Antonio Brackenridge Eagles last Tuesday night.

They combined an 11-hit offensive attack with the pitching of Julia Maciel, who recorded 13 strikeouts against Brackenridge.

Maciel, a senior, allowed four hits and walked only one batter.

She also collected two singles to lead the hitting for the Owls.

Alyssa Flores and Melina Meece each doubled, while Alexandra Palomo, Katarina Uriegas, Jacinda Montes, Kristyn Canales, and Ariel Soto singled.

For the season, Julia Maciel has top batting average for the Owls. She has a .521 average and has driven in 36 runs.

Alyssa Flores leads the team in home run with eight. She has 29 runs batted in.

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