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LEAPING CATCH –Levelland Loboette freshman shortstop Miranda Villegas made a nice leaping catch during the Loboettes’ road game against Lubbock Christian last Thursday. The Loboettes were defeated by the Lady Eagles, 4-3. The Loboettes next game will be Friday in Big Spring. (Staff Photo by Joshua Landrum)

The Levelland Loboette varsity softball team crushed the Estacado Lady Matadors 22-2 on the road last Friday for their first district win of the season.

"I thought we looked good last Friday, and we got a win, so we started off conference play the right way.

The Loboettes’ offense opened the game hot, and scored five runs in the first inning.

An RBI double by Christen Covarrubias and a couple of fielder’s choice plays helped the Loboettes get five across the plate during the inning.

In the top half of the second, the Loboettes’ could do no wrong.

Levelland pushed their lead to 17-0 by scoring 12 runs during the second.

Several wild pitches, an RBI single by Miranda Villegas, a two-run double by Ally Puente, a walk by Ashley Lopez, a walk by Hannah Hinojosa, and an RBI single by Valerie Maravilla were all contributing factors during the Loboettes big inning.

The Loboettes continued to run up the score in the top of the third by adding five more runs to their lead.

After two and a half inning of play, the Loboettes led the Lady Matadors, 22-0.

In the bottom of the third, Estacado put two runs on the board, but it would not be enough and the game was called at the end of the third inning.

Ally Puente finished the game 2-3 and had three RBIs to lead the Loboettes’ offense against the Lady Matadors.

Miranda Villegas finished the game 2-3 and had one RBI.

Covarubias finished the game 1-1 and had one RBI.

Gabriella Fraire and Valerie Maravilla each finished the game with one hit and one RBI.

On defense, Covarrubias gave the Lady Matador batters fits during her three innings on the hill.

Covarrubias gave up no earned runs, walked three batters and struck out five Lady Matadors

Levelland had six hitters combine for six hits, six RBIs and 17 runs.

As a team, the Loboettes exploded for 22 points in their first district game.

"Our offense did not look too bad during the game, but there were a lot walks in the game," said Hays.

"There was not much offense from a hitting standpoint, but our girls were patient and took the pitches they were given," Hays continued.

"They trusted the hitters behind them and everyone did their job. I was proud of the discipline our batters showed at the plate during the game," added the coach.

"There were 21 walks during the game last Friday. We scored 22 runs off of seven hits, but like I said earlier, walking like that shows discipline," explained Hays.

"I like the fact that our players are going to the plate with a plan, and being selective," Hays stated.

On defense, the Loboettes held Estacado scoreless for five innings.

"I thought we played well on defense, we held them to two points, but it is still something we need to work on," he said.

"I feel like if we would have played better defense late in the game, we would not have allowed those two runs. We got lazy on defense late in that game," he continued.

"Christen pitched a great game for us and Jada Cruz played well behind the plate," Hays stated.

Tuesday the Loboettes continued district play at home against the Sweetwater Lady Mustangs.

"It should be a tough game," said the coach Monday. "They have some girls on their team who play all year-round," Hays explained.

"They have some good players, so I am sure they will come in here looking for a win. It should be a very entertaining game," he concluded.

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