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CHARGING THE BALL–Levelland Loboette shortstop Hannah Hinojosa charged at a ground ball during the Loboettes’ district home game against the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes last Saturday. Levelland defeated Lamesa, 13-4. The Loboettes continued district play in Snyder Tuesday and will open the second half of district at home against Estacado Friday. (Staff Photo by Joshua Landrum)
 

The Levelland Loboettes bounced back from their loss in Big Spring on March 25

th and defeated the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes at home last Saturday, 13-4.

The Loboettes are now 3-1 in district and are tied for second with Big Spring.

"It was a good to win for our team," explained Head Coach Justin Hays.

"It a was a slow and sloppy game, but I was glad that we won," he added.

The Loboettes put five runs on the baord in the first inning and scored nine points in the first three innings of play.

"We have played Lamesa before, so we knew what kind of pitchers that they had and what they might throw. When our hitters went to the plate, they had an approach," Hays said.

"We also watched film on Lamesa and had a plan when we stepped into the box," the coach said.

"But, hitting is something we do not struggle with much," Hays stated. "We are a good offensive team.

"It may take us an inning or two to wake up, but once our sticks get going, we are fine," added the coach.

Ashley Lopez, Hanna Luna Hannah Hinojosa and Ally Puente combined for nine hits and six of the Lobettes’ 13 runs against Lamesa.

"They have been the mass production of our offense during the season and have come on strong during district," Hays stated.

"When I go back and look at stats on the day after a game their names are always highlighted," said Hays.

"They are sharing the offensive load this season and swinging the bat well," Hays explained.

Luna and Puente each had great offensive games against Lamesa. It was probably their best offensive games of the season," he stated.

"Christen also pitched in offensively with a couple of hits," he added.

The Loboette defense held the Golden Tornadoes scoreless in five of the seven innings of play and had four errors.

Christen Covarrubias finished the game with five strike outs.

"Christen had a rough start against Lamesa, but she was able to figured things out as the game went on," he stated.

"We have been working hard with her on finding her spots. Once she settled in and got her rhythm, she was fine," explained the coach.

"Defensively, I thought we look good," said Hays. Hanna Luna made a nice diving catch to get us out of inning when we were struggling, and Ally made some good plays also."

"Her lately, we have been playing good defense," continued Hays. "Our deal on defense is we want minimize our mistakes. If we do that, then I think we are good."

"We need damage control when we make errors," Hays said.

"Which means we must be able to handle things when make mistakes and bounce back."

"Things cannot be like last year, where we would make one mistake in an inning and then give up seven runs to a team," he added.

Tuesday the Loboettes traveled to Snyder for a tough road game against the Lady Tigers.

Snyder entered Tuesday’s game undefeated in district play with a record of 4-0.

"It is going to be a really tough road game, said Hays Monday. "We have some really good teams in our district this year and a lot of them are evenly matched."

"So, Tuesday’s game is going to be fun. Like I said, it is a match up of two evenly matched teams and it could go either way," he explained.

"It should be a very intense game with lots of action and excitement," he stated.

Friday the Loboettes’ district tour returns to Levelland.

The Estacdo Lady Matadors will roll into town to kick off the second half of district play.

"Estacado is just one of those games you have to take care of business. On any given day, anyone can win. So, we respect everyone we play but a the same time fear no one," Hays concluded.


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