Marble Falls wins Barbecue Classic softball tourney

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School girls softball team placed first in its own Barbecue Classic on a three-game winning streak Feb. 15-16.

PHOTO: The Marble Falls High School softball team captured first place in their own tournament Feb. 15-16. The team includes Naomi Macias (kneeling, left), Trudy Gordon, Tyler Oppenheim and Sarah Hodgdon; Abby Henry (back row, left), Skyler Riley, Catie Whitecotton, Hayley Fishbeck, Makenzie Carpenter, Hailey Wooten and Amanda Thomas. Photo by Kelly McDuffie

The Lady Mustangs beat Kerrville Tivy 16-1 in a game that ended in five innings and Odessa Permian 9-1.

“It was good,” Marble Falls head coach Tino Salazar said of the victories.

The Lady Mustangs faced each opponent’s top pitcher throughout the weekend. But most important, the players learned they had to be mentally ready to play, Salazar said, which might have played a factor in a 2-0 loss to Liberty Hill to begin the event.

The results of the tournament should serve the Lady Mustangs well, Salazar added.

“It gives them confidence,” he said. “I think it’s a confidence booster.”

The Marble Falls junior varsity team also played in the tournament and posted a 0-4 record. But Salazar said many opposing coaches complimented the younger squad.

“Every coach (the junior varsity team) played were very impressed,” he said. “They were fundamentally sound and played with a lot of heart.”

AGAINST TIVY: RBIs – Tyler Oppenheim 4, Abby Henry 3, Skyler Riley 3; pitching – 5 hits, 1 run, 2 strikeouts

AGAINST PERMIAN: RBIs – Oppenheim 3, Thomas 2, Wooten 1; itching  – Makenzie Carpenter 2 hits, 1 run, 14 strikeouts

RECORDS: Marble Falls is 4-1.

UP NEXT: Marble Falls at Burnet, 1000 The Green Mile in Burnet, 7 p.m. Feb. 19

jfierro@thepicayune.com