It was a successful afternoon of softball for the Uvalde Lobos last Thursday.
They opened their District 29-5A softball schedule with an 8-6 victory over the San Antonio McCollum Cowboys.
Playing on a mostly-cloudy and mild March day at the Uvalde High School softball field, the Lobos got off to an early 6-0 lead over the Cowboys.
McCollum rallied to cut the Lobos lead to 6-5.
But the Lobos scored a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning and held off the Cowboys to win the district opener.
The Lobos took advantage of five McCollum defensive errors in the first inning as they scored six times to take a big lead.
Anahi Ramirez and Jessica Guzman each hit a run-scoring single for the Lobos in the first inning.
McCollum scored five runs in the third inning to cut the deficit to 6-5.
Noemi Ybarra singled to drive in one of the runs.
The Lobos stranded base runners in scoring position in the second-, third-, and fourth inning.
Deandra Vera singled to lead off Uvalde’s fifth inning.
One out later, Jessica Guzman bunted the ball in front of home plate.
The catcher fielded the ball and threw it toward the first baseman, but her throw was too high and it sailed past the first baseman.
Vera scored all the way from first base on the error, while Guzman advanced to third base.
Kylie Sendejo hit a ground ball that bounced high and over the third baseman’s head and into left field for a single.
Guzman scored from third base on the play.
Pitcher Denise Longoria shut out McCollum during the final four innings. She allowed the Cowboys only one hit and a walk during that period.
Longoria received defensive help from her teammates.
Second baseman Nathalie Ramirez made a nice defensive play on a high-chopping ground ball in the fifth inning.
Ramirez fielded the ball and threw the runner out at first base.
In the sixth inning, right fielder Katelyn Sena made a basket catch on a fast-falling fly ball for the second out of the inning.
With one out in the seventh inning, McCollum put a runner on with a walk.
But Denise Longoria struck out the next batter and shortstop Kylie Sendejo fielded a line-drive shot for the final out of the softball game.
With the win, Coach Jimmy Fly’s Lobos snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Lobos, now 1-0 in district play, are 11-8-1 for the season overall.
Defensively, the Lobos played error-free softball Thursday afternoon.
McCollum committed a total of six errors, including five throwing errors and one fielding mistake.
Denise Longoria, the winning pitcher, went the distance in the circle for the Lobos and recorded the win.
Longoria, who was struck in the head with a softball during the pre-game warmups, started and finished the game.
“Our girls were fielding grounders before the game. A wild throw hit her while she was warming up,” said Coach Fly. “Denise is a tough kid. She wanted to stay in the lineup and she pitched a great game for us. Thankfully, all turned out good.”
She scattered four McCollum hits, walked eight batters, and struck out five batters through seven innings of work.
The Lobos racked up seven hits off of McCollum pitching ace Miranda Rich, who walked two batters and struck out five batters though six innings.
Jessica Guzman doubled, singled and drove in one Uvalde run.
Anahi Ramirez singled twice and drove in one run, Kylie Sendejo singled and drove in a run, while Denise Longoria and Deandra Vera each singled.
Longoria was robbed of home run in the fourth inning as the stiff southeasterly breeze blowing in from center field allowed McCollum’s center field to make a catch at the fence.
“That wind was rough out there today,” said Fly. “If not for that, Denise’s fly ball would have gone out.”
Next action for the Lobos is scheduled for Tuesday when the Uvalde girls will be at Eagle Pass to play the Winn Lady Mavericks.
The varsity game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and it will be preceded by a 5 p.m. junior varsity contest.