Softball falls hard to Caldwell in ugly game

The Lady Yoe’s bats produced enough runs to outscore Madisonville in their season opener a week ago. Unfortunately, the ladies could not keep that up pace when it was needed in a 15-4 loss to Caldwell on Friday.

Cameron nearly matched the Lady Hornets in hits, only trailing 9-8, but it was 9 costly errors that led to 12 runs that was the downfall in the loss.

The top of the order was productive to open the game, with back-to-back-to-back singles from Ashley Balch, Yareli Contreras and Madison Brunson, followed by an error to plate two runs.

The lead was short-lived as the Lady Hornets plated three in the bottom half of the first with a hit by pitch, walk, error and two singles.

Cameron would respond as Balch singled home both Trinity Daniels and Kenzie Wimmer in the second. However, Cameron could not plate any further runs in the next three frames, while Caldwell scored 4 in the second, third and fourth innings to complete the run-rule.

All of Cameron’s 8 hits came from the top four in the batting order. Wimmer finished 2-3 with 1 run scored, Balch was a perfect 3-3 with 1 run and 2 RBI, Contreras was 1-3 with 1 run and Brunson finished 2-3 with 1 RBI.

Alejandra Ibarra was the hard-luck loser, tossing 3 innings, giving up 11 runs with only 3 being earned. Ibarra did not strike out any batters but walked just one.

Brunson did pitch the fourth inning, giving up 4 unearned runs.

Ladies travel south to Jourdanton
In their first of two tournaments for 2018, Cameron will be making a new trip down to South Texas to compete. The Lady Yoe will be making the 200 mile journey to Jourdanton on Friday to begin a full two days of play. Jourdanton is approximately 45 minutes due straight south of San Antonio.

The ladies will play three of their four pool play games on Friday, with Natalia at 11:30, Devine at 2:30 and host Jourdanton at 5:30.

Cameron will have one final pool game on Saturday with Gonzales at 11:30. In this tournament, the top four overall teams will advance to semifinal games beginning at 4:00. The championship game is slated for 7:00 pm.

Teams included in the tournament: Cameron Yoe, Dilley, Karnes City, Natalia, Marion, Gonzales, S.A. Southside, Sabinal, Devine and Jourdanton.

The Texas High School Girls Coaches Association Preseason 3A Top 10
1. Little River Academy, 2. Santa Gertrudis Academy, 3. Brock, 4. Howe, 5. Hughes Springs, 6. Grandview, 7. Peaster, 8. Jourdanton, 9. Woodville, 10. Hallettsville.