The Bandera Lady Bulldogs came to town last Tuesday, March 7, and probably wish they hadn’t. Devine used solid pitching by Taylor Carr and a red-hot offense to smoke the Lady Bulldogs 19-4 in a game that was essentially done after the first inning.
Bandera’s only lead of the game came in the top of the 1st inning on a two-run homer. Instead of being intimidated, the Arabian offense rose to the challenge and batted around in the bottom half of the inning en route to a commanding 9-2 lead.
Leadoff hitter Carr tripled to start things off, scoring on Jaylyn Stewart’s single. Korin Stehle reached based on a fielder’s choice, Brittany Jay walked, and Tori Martin doubled, driving in Stehle. Kendall Arche singled in Jay and Martin, Brooklyn Anderson was hit by a pitch, and Kim Freeman doubled to drive in Arche. Julie Ortiz knocked in Anderson, and Carr finished off the inning with a 3-run homer to put Devine up 9-2
The Arabians scored four more times in the bottom of the 2nd. Martin drew a one-out walk, Arche doubled, and Anderson singled to drive in Martin. Jessie Ramirez singled in Arche, and Carr followed with a two-out double to knock in Anderson and Ramirez for a 13-2 lead.
Devine continued to stretch their advantage in the 3rd inning. An error and three consecutive singles by Stehle, Jay, and Jenna Sadler resulted in two more runs.
The Arabians closed out the game in the top of the 4th inning, now leading 15-4. Ramirez and Julie Ortiz opened the inning with consecutive singles, and Stewart followed with a single to drive in Ramirez. Stehle drew an error in her at-bat, allowing Ortiz to score, and both Stewart and Stehle crossed the plate later in the inning to trigger the mercy rule and give Devine the 19-4 win.
Devine had 20 hits, while pitcher Carr and the Arabian defense held Bandera to just six hits.
“Taylor Carr had eight strikeouts and was a single away from hitting for the cycle,” Head Coach Mark Mangold said. “Amanda Wilson, Jenna Sadler, Jessie Ramirez, and Tori Martin all hit .1000 for the game. Kendall Arche had a fantastic catch in right field.”
The Arabians were scheduled to host Lytle on Tuesday, March 14, and travel to Carrizo Springs to face the Lady Wildcats on Tuesday, March 21 at 5:00 pm. Crystal City will be in town on Friday, March 24 for a 5:00 pm matchup.
By Marly Davis