Confident Providence blows away Frassati Catholic
Providence coach Kat Chavarria has been trying all season to prepare her young team to play its best in the most-important games.
The Provets (14-8) did so in defeating San Antonio Christian near the end of the TAPPS District 4-II season to earn the No. 2 seed. They repeated the feat in their Division II bi-district playoff game against Spring Frassati Catholic (5-14) on April 30.
Providence invoked the 10-run rule at the Tejeda Complex, defeating the Falcons 11-1 in five innings.
“I’ve played four years and never won a playoff game until today,” Providence senior first baseman Sylvia Veras said. “So, this was a big opportunity.
“I was kind of nervous, but we had 12 percent of Kat confidence.”
In a pre-game talk, Chavarria told her players that she had a lot of faith in them, and suggested that each of them take 12 percent of her confidence on top of her own.
The tactic seemed to work. After Frassati Catholic scored in the top of the first inning, Providence struck back with a five-run rally in the bottom of the inning.
“We struggled defensively in the first inning,” the Provets coach said. “We had a lot of girls who’ve never been in this situation. The thing is its about our confidence, and not what the other team brings to them.”
Four-consecutive Provets reached base, led by singles from Amelia Franco and Calista Medina. Veras (2-for-2, 4 RBIs) slammed a three-run double to right-center field. A year earlier, Veras was replaced in the lineup because of her hitting struggles.
“Last year, I struck out a lot,” Veras said. “It’s my senior year so I committed to improve. I used to move my head, so I didn’t see the ball.”
Freshman Gabby DeLeon (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) drove in the fifth run with a shallow single to right-center.
Providence’s second offensive wave in the fourth inning was launched by a leadoff single from Abbi Driskill and a perfect bunt single from Isabelle Stephens. Veras and Cardenas then brought home runs with a bases-loaded walk and an RBI infield single, respectively.
Ahead 8-1, the Provets benefited from a two-run double to the gap by DeLeon and a sacrifice fly from Kiersten Salinas.
“It was not a question,” Chavarria said of DeLeon’s hit. “Gabby has continuously gotten better this year.”
The Provets qualified for the playoffs for the first time in several seasons in 2018, but their postseason experience was confined to one game. Houston Lutheran South defeated Providence 10-0.
The win earned Providence a May 6 rematch with Lutheran South (17-3) in the area round.
“The team has developed,” Provets sophomore pitcher Nat Cardenas said. “It has come a long way. We worked a lot in the offseason and played together during the summer.”
Seguin defeats Edison
The Matadors (27-9) swept District 27-5A champion Edison (22-13) in two games in Seguin on May 2 and 4.
Seguin won the first game, 4-2, and won Game 2 by with a score of 7-1.
Natalie Castoreno (2-for-4) and Mekiela Sibley drove in Edison‘s runs in Game 1, tying the game 2-2 after two innings. Seguin took the lead with a pair of runs in the third.
Castoreno drove in Edison’s run in Game 2 with a seventh-inning single.