The Refugio game was a tough one. But that loss was tempered by a Lady Marlins victory over Pettus the same week.
In a road game, the Port Aransas High School softball players were up, 8-2, before being rained out during the third inning against Pettus on Tuesday, April 5.
They went back to finish the game the next day and didn’t have such an easy time of it as the previous day. Pettus kept coming back to tie the game.
“I just think our kids were a little on the tired side, getting home late Tuesday night and having to turn around and go back over there and resume that game,” said Jonathan Sheffield, coach of the Lady Marlins. “We just weren’t as sharp as we were the day before and kind of let them back in the game.”
High school softball games normally only go to seven innings, but this one went to a ninth inning because Pettus kept tying it up.
Still, the Lady Marlins managed to edge their opponents, 18-17.
“They kept fighting and ended up coming out on top,” Sheffield said. “It was a hard-fought game for us, and I was proud of them for digging in.”
In the Refugio game, on Friday, April 8, Port Aransas had a task on its hands from the get-go.
“ The game was really summed up in the first inning,” Sheffield said. “We gave up eight runs right off the bat. We never gave ourselves a chance. We made three or four errors in the first half of the first inning.”
It wasn’t an easy thing to overcome against a team that’s good enough possibly to end up winning district.
As this edition of the South Jetty was about to go to press, the Lady Marlins beat Yorktown, 11-7, on the evening of Monday, April 11.
After the Yorktown game, the Lady Marlins’ record stood at 4-6, but they remained in contention for a playoff spot.