High School Softball: Vasquez fans 11 as Lady Rattlers cruise to 11-1 victory over Tivy
Sun, 03/13/2016 - 12:00pm Ishmael Johnson
By ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Daily Record Sports
Just when you think Victoria Vasquez is beaten, she battles back with her best.
After loading the bases in the top of the fifth with a walk, a hit batter and a single, San Marcos’ senior pitcher ended the inning with three consecutive strikeouts to seal the Lady Rattlers’ 11-1 win over Kerrville-Tivy after five innings. Vasquez fanned 11 batters last Friday night, eight of which came after allowing Tivy’s only run of the game, but none were as impressive as her final three.
“It was just one pitch at a time,” Vasquez said after the cold, rain-delayed affair at San Marcos High School. “I’m best with my mechanics so I just had to remember how to do everything. It’s how I’ve always done it.”
Aside from Bailey Havis’ two singles and fiddling around with her powder more often than usual, the adverse conditions didn’t affect Vasquez much. She only allowed one more hit outside of the two to Havis.
“I guess I do (struggle) when it’s slippery, but it’s more mental than anything,” Vasquez said. “It’s just another ballgame I’m going to have to do it again anyway. It’s just another thing.”
Regardless of Vasquez’s struggles at times, it was the finish the impressed head coach Cathy Stoughton the most.
“Sometimes I don’t know if it’s focus or what,” Stoughton said. “She does a good job of digging herself out of holes. We’ve got to do a better job of not putting ourselves in those. She’s so dominating when she’s good in her ball-moves. It’s so nice to have someone like this in the circle.”
“I’m really confident in what (Vasquez) can do. For her to fight back like she did several times tonight was outstanding.”
In similar fashion to their win against Floresville on Tuesday, the Lady Rattlers (11-2, 4-0 District 27-5A) padded an early lead that only grew more difficult for Tivy (6-7-2, 1-3) to overcome in combination with Vasquez’s performance.
Senior catcher Mariah Delgado dealt the final blow with a triple. And no, that isn’t a deja vu, the senior also tripled to tack on San Marcos’ final runs against Floresville on Tuesday night. Delgado drove home Olivia Lantigua, Ysa Gonzales and Makayla Silva home before scoring the 11th run herself during the same sequence on a errant throw that flew past third-base.
Freshman Ysa Gonzales and senior Madie Bumgardner were the only two players to reach base during all of their at-bats. San Marcos rattled off 12 hits against Tivy’s w Thompson.
San Marcos hosts San Antonio Kennedy on Tuesday.