Reaves: Lady Marlins need focus
With tournaments and basketball in the past, softball coach Steve Reaves hopes the Lady Marlins can begin to concentrate on the diamond.
They did well during the Victoria Tournament on Thursday, March 1, Reaves said, but lost their focus for the remainder of their games.
The ladies ended up beating Boling on Thursday, 6-1, but lost on Saturday to Orange Grove ( 1- 11), Victoria St. Joseph (0-13) and West Oso (0-9).
“We did get in four games, which will help us get ready for district, so that is a positive,” Reaves commented. “We just have to play better.”
Savannah Ortiz led the scoring against Boling, going one for three and crossing the plate twice. Kellie Owens was one for two and also scored a run. Jordan Morris was two for three and Tori Bradley got a hit in her one at-bat.
Against Orange Grove on Saturday, the ladies “made several errors that cost us eight runs,” Reaves said. “Otherwise, this would have been a close game.”
Ortiz again took the offensive, getting a hit in each of her three at-bats, including two doubles. She also scored one run. Morris and Marian Smith were each one for three and Maddison Ray went one for two.
The Lady Marlins gave up seven unearned runs in the five innings against Victoria St. Joseph, the defending Texas Association of Private Schools 5A champion team.
By contrast, the Port Aransas girls were unable to score – or get a hit.
The Lady Marlins also went scoreless against West Oso, “a team we should have beat,” Reaves said.
“We just made too many errors,” he continued. “When you out- hit a team, you shouldn’t lose 9-0.”
Ray got two hits in two atbats, Ortiz got one hit in two trips to the plate and Smith was one for one.