Arabians end impressive season as Regional Quarterfinalists

The Devine Arabians have ended another impressive season. They faced Tuloso-Midway over the weekend and were knocked out of the playoffs after a 3 game series. The Arabians won their first game at home on Thursday but then lost the double header on Friday. “We had set three team goals at the beginning of the season and they were: 1. to win a district championship. 2. to win 20+ games, and 3. to play in June at the state tournament. Although we fell short of playing in the state tournament we did accomplish our first two team goals. This was a great season, and I will always remember it. There was never a day that I wasn’t excited about practice or a game. I want to thank all Arabian softball players from Middle School, JV, and Varsity for a fun season. Playing into May is always fun. These girls played some really good softball in the post-season. From our playoff game vs. Hondo through our Regional Quarterfinals game vs. Tuloso-Midway, we had a lot of fun,” Coach Juan Gonzalez said about this impressive season.
In their first Regional Quarter Final game, the Arabians won 9-5. They took the early lead in the bottom of the first at 1-0 and then added 4 in the 3rd and 4 in the 4th. Tuloso scored in the top of the 6th and 7th. Bottom of the 1st, with 2 outs and empty bases, Arieana Ramirez hit the first home run of the night. Bottom of the 3rd, Isellia Gutierrez and Arieana Ramirez each singled and then Mackenzie McClellan walked to load the bases. Megan Runyan hit a home run line drive and added 4 runs to the board! Bottom of the 4th, 1 out, Brooklyn Miller and Hilary Barnett singled to get on base. Gutierrez then hit a home run to left and Devine lead 8-0. 2 outs and McClellan hit a solo home run! It was her 5th home run of the season.
Allison Taylor 1 single. Miller 1 single, 1 run. Angelina Rios 1 run. Mackenzie Schneider 1 single. Ramirez 1 single, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 runs. Barnett 1 single, 1 run. Gutierrez 1 single, 1 home run, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Runyan 1 single, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 1 run. McClellan 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 run.
In the first game Friday night, Devine was tied 2-2 at the end of the 2nd but could not keep up with Tuloso-Midway and they lost 2-9. Tuloso kept that momentum going into the 2nd game and won 14-3. In the first game, Devine’s 2 runs came in the 2nd when Taylor doubled to get on base. Miller came in to run for Taylor and then Schneider doubled. Kelsey Dishman singled and reached on error while Miller scored. 1 out, Barnett grounds into a fielder’s choice and Schneider scored, 2-2.
Taylor 1 double. Miller 1 run. A. Rios 1 single, Schneider 1 single, 1 double, 1 run. Ramirez 2 singles, 1 double. Barnett 1 RBI. Dishman 1 RBI. Barnett had 33 strikes in 58 pitches and McClellan threw 33 strikes in 66 pitches.
In the 2nd game, Devine was down 0-3 after the top of the first. With 2 outs and Ramirez on base after a double, McClellan hit another home run and made the score 2-3. The Arabians last run of the season came in the bottom of the 5th. Gutierrez, McClellan, and Runyan each singled to load the bases. Taylor singled and brought home Gutierrez for the last run, 3-14.
Taylor 1 single, 1 RBI. Jeanette Rios 1 single. Ramirez 1 double, 1 run. Gutierrez 2 singles, 1 run. Runyan 2 singles. McClellan 2 singles, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 1 run. Barnett threw 21 strikes in 41 pitches and McClellan had 44 strikes in 74 pitches.
Seasonal Stats: Taylor 14 singles, 5 doubles, 1 home run, 19 RBI, 8 runs, 12 walks, .357 average. A. Rios 5 singles, 2 doubles, 6 RBI, 10 runs, 3 walks, .333 average. Ramirez 25 singles, 10 doubles, 1 home run, 24 RBI, 29 runs, 11 walks, .462 average. Miller 3 singles, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 13 runs, .714 average. C. Martinez 1 single, 1 RBI, 1 run. Dasslyn Coronado 8 singles, 6 RBI, 9 runs, 6 walks, .276 average. Dawn Morris 7 singles, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, 8 RBI, 12 runs1 walk, .357 average. Denise Contreras 3 runs. Barnett 11 singles, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 20 RBI, 19 runs, 9 walks, .281 average. Gutierrez 16 singles, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 24 RBI, 31 runs, 6 walks, .325 average. J. Rios 16 singles, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 15 RBI, 31 runs, 12 walks, .443 average. Dishman 1 single, 4 RBI, 13 runs, 7 walks, .133 average. Lindsey Herrera 1 single, 3 runs. McClellan 18 singles, 12 doubles, 6 home runs, 28 RBI, 16 runs, 11 walks, .545 average. Schneider 15 singles, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 19 RBI, 16 runs, 15 walks, .355 average. Runyan 8 singles, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 20 RBI, 14 runs, 9 walks, .340 average. Mia Ramirez 2 singles, 2 RBI, 3 runs, 3 walks, .200 average. Yancy Parson 1 single, 1 RBI, .500 average. Pitching: Barnett 745 strikes in 1269 pitches, 3.920 ERA. McClellan 674 strikes in 1097 pitches with a 2.250 ERA
“I want to thank the senior class for their hard work and dedication the past four years. You’re leaving the program as district champions, bi-district champions, area champions, and regional quarterfinalist. Thank you for letting me coach you girls and I wish y’all the best of luck in your future,” said Coach Gonzalez.
By Dicy Chambers
Sports Writer