MARBLE FALLS — Now that the Marble Falls High School softball team is riding its first winning streak of the season, the Lady Mustangs are looking to extend it to three straight.
Marble Falls (7-18, 3-3 in District 25-4A) will host Hutto 7 p.m. Friday at Scearce Softball Field, 2101 Mustang Drive.
The Lady Mustangs lost to the Lady Hippos, 8-2, March 23.
But since then Marble Falls has won three of the last four, including come-from-behind wins against Pflugerville Hendrickson and Lake Travis.
“We’re a game behind Hutto,” the coach said. “If we beat Hutto, we’d be in second place.”
And the Lady Mustangs had to do it by not giving up a run when the bases were loaded.
“I’d like to get rid of that streak of letting the bases get loaded,” Orsag said.
He still has no explanation for the performance against the Lady Hippos in March.
“We just didn’t play well,” the coach said. “I think (my players) are starting to believe in themselves. I told them, ‘Once this stuff starts bothering you and you believe in yourselves, you’re going to be better ball players.”
Junior pitcher Payton Peril will be in the circle. Junior Amanda Noblin is expected to be at second base, marking her second game to play following a doctor’s release for an injury.
In the win against Lake Travis, Peril threw first-pitch strikes.
“You can do some more things,” Orsag said. “Payton seemed like she got ahead. The hits those two they scored on were Payton working the inside corner. Against big, strong hitters you have to work the inside because you want to jam them.”
Marble Falls was down, 2-1, going into the last inning. Peril hit a single to left field and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Allison Bendas.
“That is big,” Orsag said. “I told them after the game how important bunting is, and that showed it right there.”
Freshman Abby Henry hit a ball that was dropped, allowing Peril to tie the game. Freshman Alicia Macias hit the game-winning RBI to center field that brought Henry home.
“The freshmen came through in back-to-back hits,” the coach said. “They put it in play.”
The Lady Mustangs’ errors on baserunning and fielding did not cost them against Lake Travis. Orsag hopes that, if Marble Falls can’t eliminate them completely, it doesn’t hurt against Hutto.
“The big thing is we can’t make errors and give up runs and give them four or five outs an inning,” he said.