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Lady Mav bats silenced in 3-0 Game 1 loss to Alvin

May 2, 2019

Through those two extra district games in Humble nine days ago and the bi-district win over La Porte, Pasadena Memorial’s varsity softball team had compiled the grand total of one 1-2-3 inning.

That’s 20 out of 21 innings in which the Lady Mavs had anywhere from a little mischief on the basepaths to plenty of mischief.

But in Game 1 of the team’s Area championship series with Alvin High School Wednesday night, the 1-2-3 innings kept popping up in alarming fashion.

Four to be exact and nary an offensive threat of any kind as Alvin grabbed a crucial lead in the series, following a 3-0 victory at Lady Yellowjackets Field.

The series moves to the Pasadena ISD Softball Complex for a Thursday night do-or-die Game 2 contest. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Alvin hurler Jodie Aguirre was the reason for Memorial’s offensive silence. She spun a two-hitter, allowing just two Lady Mavs to reach scoring position, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. No Memorial batter reached third base as Aguirre struck out eight.

“She’s (Aguirre) got a great rise ball and a great change and instead of laying off the rise and sitting back on the change, they were chasing. It’s definitely something we’re going to have to make adjustments for tomorrow,” Memorial head coach Christina Mata said.

The Lady Mavs were held hitless through their first 11 batters, before Anabella Valadez ended Alvin’s hopes for a perfect game with a single to center. She returned in the seventh to collect her second single but courtesy runner Victoria DeLeon went no further than second base.

Valadez took the tough-luck loss, surrendering eight hits but the vast majority of them were dinks and bloopers. Alvin pieced together three hits in the sixth and all three were flares to the shallow part of the outfield.

The only run Aguirre would need was the score in the third inning when a shortstop’s low and wide throw dribbled out of the first baseman’s glove, enabling a runner to cross home plate.

For insurance sakes, Mindy Matthews singled home a second run in the fifth and courtesy runner Kaitlyn Vaughn scored with the help of those three sixth-inning bloopers.

“Anabella has been consistently great. She’s doing a super job. I’m super proud of her. She’s doing exactly what I need her to do,” Mata said.

Defensively, Memorial’s outfield saved two runs. Sophomore Haleigh Carter, patrolling in center field, made a spectacular catch of a ball to end the third inning. Employing a head-first slide, she forced Alvin to strand a runner on second base.

The team also tagged out a runner at the plate as catcher Maria Andrade did the honors in the fifth.

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