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SOFTBALL: Lady Stangs aim to set things right at game tonight

MARBLE FALLS — The second round of District 25-4A play will begin tonight for the Marble Falls High School softball team.

But to the Lady Mustangs (6-19, 2-3 in district), the second round means an opportunity to even the score, beginning with Lake Travis.

PHOTO 1: Marble Falls High School freshman pitcher Alicia Macias threw a complete game in the win against Killeen, the Lady Mustangs’ first in District 25-4A play this season. Courtesy photos

PHOTO 2: Marble Falls High School freshman third baseman Hailey Wooten has been the lead-off batter for the Lady Mustangs the last several weeks. Head coach David Orsag has been known to tell her he doesn’t care how she reaches base – the team just needs a base runner.

“We owe Lake Travis,” head coach David Orsag said. “Hopefully, we’ll get mad and get after them.”

The game is 7 p.m. at Scearce Softball Field at the high school, 2101 Mustang Drive.

In the last game, the Lady Mustangs lost to the Lady Cavs, 6-5, in a match that went back and forth.

Marble Falls was able to get out of the second inning only by giving up one run.

By the fifth inning, the Lady Mustangs took a 4-2 lead thanks to timely hitting and bunting.

But base-running errors and mental mistakes cost the Lady Mustangs other runs, and the Lady Cavs made sure they made them pay.

The last three Lake Travis runs came when two outs were already posted.

The game ended on a controversial call. With one out and a runner on first base, a batter hit to the second baseman. The baseman took the fielder’s choice, but the Lady Mustang slid head first.

At first officials ruled her safe. But after Lake Travis coach Christie Knox complained, the umpire called the Marble Falls runner out.

Still, Orsag refused to cite the call as the reason for the loss. Instead, he noted his squad gave up too many runs with two outs.

His players, however, are more interested in setting things right and proving the loss to the Lady Cavs was a fluke. It marked the first time in years Marble Falls had lost to Lake Travis.

“They seem like the revenge factor is there,” the coach said. “They’re still upset about losing to them the first time. They feel like that’s one that got away from them.”

The Lady Cavs will enter the contest after being run-ruled by Hutto, 13-3, marking their third-straight loss after winning their first two games of the district campaign.

Meanwhile, Marble Falls put together its most complete game of the season in a 4-2 victory against the Lady Hawks Thursday, Orsag said.

“I’m hoping we’re playing better and they’re not playing as good,” he said.

Junior pitcher Payton Peril will get the nod. In 12 1/3 innings, she has given up only one earned run.

The Lady Mustangs skipper said Peril is feeling better, noting a sore hand had been bothering her leading up to the win against Killeen High March 23.

So he started freshman Alicia Macias.

“I think (Peril’s) hand healed up,” he said. “That’s affecting her swing, too. She got her first hit in district against Lampasas (March 30).”

Peril isn’t the only Lady Mustangs feeling better. Orsag said junior Amanda Noblin, who has been sidelined because of injury, received a doctor’s release last week.

Noblin is expected to be at second baseman.

In addition, Marble Falls will have three home games the second round beginning with tonight’s contest, host Hutto Friday and Lampasas April 16.

The Lady Mustangs will travel to face Killeen April 13 and Hendrickson April 20.

But Marble Falls is keeping its eyes on this week’s games.

“If we play like we’re capable, we can beat them,” Orsag said. “We hold everything in our own destiny.”

District 25-4A standings

Lampasas 5-0

Hutto 4-1

Lake Travis 2-3

Marble Falls 2-3

Pflugerville Hendrickson 2-3

Killeen 0-5

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