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Lady Stangs coach highlights importance of Thursday contest

MARBLE FALLS — Following the 8-1 loss to Lampasas Tuesday, Marble Falls High School softball coach David Orsag told his players the most important game of the week was Thursday’s home date against Pflugerville Hendrickson.

That’s because the Lady Mustangs (5-19, 1-3 in District 25-4A) will meet a Lady Hawks squads facing a similar situation.

IN PHOTO: Marble Falls freshman third baseman Hailey Wooten (left) has handled her defensive duties well, head coach David Orsag said. As the team’s lead-off batter, she also has been a force at the plate, he added. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Hendrickson is 2-2 in league play. If Marble Falls can earn a win, the Lady Mustangs and the Lady Hawks will be tied for fourth.

Hendrickson is now third after losing to Lampasas and Hutto. Hutto’s lone loss was to the Lady Badgers, the defending district champions.

Lampasas is undefeated at 4-0.

Though the Lady Mustangs lost to Lampasas, 8-1, Tuesday, Orsag said the score was not indicative of how well his squad performed in the final five innings.

The Lady Badgers scored seven runs in the first 1 2/3 innings. Junior pitcher Payton Peril took over and limited Lampasas to one run the rest of the way.

But Orsag said good pitching will not be enough against Hendrickson.

“Our big deal is we can’t string hits together,” he said. “We need to get three, four, five hits in a row. Realistically, you string together a couple of hits, it should be enough.”

The coach has alternated starting Peril and freshman Alicia Macias. When Macias pitches, Peril is in center field. When Peril pitches, Macias moves to second.

Like Marble Falls, Hendrickson is starting a new pitcher.

While the Lady Hawks have used four, Kirsten Warner (3-3) and Ashley Elicerio (3-1) have the best winning percentages.

Warner has 19 strikeouts and seven walks with an ERA of 1.19, while Elicerio has 34 strikeouts with 12 walks with an ERA of 1.55.

Alexa Cunningham (1-8) has had the most appearances with 15 strikeouts, 10 walks and an ERA of 1.10.

As a team, the Lady Hawks have stranded 90 batters throughout the season.

Orsag was unsure who would start at pitcher for Marble Falls. He noted Peril had not pitched in a week when she came in against Lampasas.

Because of the holiday Friday, the game will be played 7 p.m. Thursday at Scearce Softball Field, 2101 Mustang Drive.