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SOFTBALL: Lady Stangs come back to stun Lady Cavs

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MARBLE FALLS — In almost every way, Lake Travis outplayed the Marble Falls High School softball team Tuesday.

The Lady Cavs (2-4 in District 25-4A) earned more walks, had more hits and faced fewer batters.

But the one category the Lady Cavs couldn’t overcome — timely hitting and errors — eventually cost them as Marble Falls (7-19, 3-3 in district) won, 3-2, avenging the first-round loss.

“We kind of beat them the same way they beat us,” head coach David Orsag said.

The Lady Mustangs needed every opportunity in the seventh inning.

Down, 2-1, junior Payton Peril led off with a single to left field. Junior Allison Bendas laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Peril.

“I told Allison, ‘If she gets on, we’re bunting her,'” the coach said.

Freshman Abby Henry hit a flyball to right field. But because the wind was swirling, the player was not under the ball, and it popped out of her glove, allowing to score to tie the game.

“The ball must have been spinning,” Orsag said.

Then freshman Alicia Macias hit the game winning RBI double to center field.

“Macias got two big hits,” Orsag said. “(Henry) is strong when she makes contact. She’s good under pressure.”

After both teams went three up, three down in the first two innings, Lake Travis took a 1-0 lead in the third.

Lady Cavs Christina Parks and Sarah Pannkuk were each hit by a pitch. Tandi van den Berg hit an RBI single to left field.

The Lady Cavs added to the lead in the fifth. Sammy Zonana was walked. Kasey Miller hit an RBI single to center field, 2-0.

Marble Falls trimmed the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Henry hit an infield single. Macias hit a single to center field that was mishandled, allowing substitute Kimi Hicks to score, 2-1.

The Lady Mustangs forced the Lady Cavs to strand seven runners during the contest, three in the third inning and three in the seventh.

Before Marble Falls got out of the seventh without giving up a run, assistant coach Tino Salazar regrouped the defense with three runners on base.

“I told Payton to keep throwing strikes,” he said. “We have a play at home.”

With one out, Peril struck out the next batter and forced the last one to hit into a 6-3 out to preserve the one-run deficit.

Peril earned her second straight win in district play. In 19 1/3 innings, she has given up three earned runs.

Vanden Berg was credited with the loss. She gave up five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Marble Falls will host Hutto 7 p.m. Friday at Scearce Softball Field, 2101 Mustang Drive.

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