Before Friday night’s deluge rolled in over Seguin High School, the Lady Mats offense was creating their own storm against the Edison Golden Bears.
Seguin scored seven runs in the first four innings before the skies opened up and the crowd ran for cover.
The players may have had to sleep in between innings, but they returned Saturday to send the Bears packing, winning the Area Championship, 7-1.
“We started out really well,” head coach John Garcia said. “We got some base hits and scored some runs, so the girls were excited and pumped up.”
Starting and stopping the game in the middle, and coming back to complete the game about 15 hours later, caused a little consternation for the coach.
“To delay until the next day … you never really know what’s going to happen, or what group of girls is going to show up,” Garcia said. “I think the weather change affected our performance a little bit. Last night, we hit the ball well into the gaps, and I thought today we hit it well too, but we hit it right at them.”
Friday night, the offense hit the ball all over the park to jump on the Bears early.
Tate Smith got things started in the first with a single, and Presley Pence walked to put runners at first and second.
After Marissa Bradley advanced the runners on a fielder’s choice, Maddie Bone got her first big hit of the game, a sharp shot into left field that brought both runners home for a 2-0 lead.
“She’s (Bone) been our catcher now for two years and always does a great job behind the plate,” Garcia said. “But it’s nice to see her become a more well-rounded player. She’s always hit the ball well, but now she’s really crushing it.”
Bone moved to third on an error, and Gracie Scheel singled her in to make it 3-0 after one.
Bone came through again in the third, mashing her second double of the game to score Pence all the way from first, and put the Lady Mats up 4-0.
Meanwhile, pitcher McKenzie Neumann was shutting the Bears down, not allowing a hit in the first four innings.
“McKenzie did a great job last night when it was cool,” Garcia said. “Today was a hot, sunny day, really the first time we’ve played in those conditions all year, and I think she struggled a little bit.”
Seguin struck again in the their half of the fourth, when Layla Salazar hit a deep shot down the left field line, Neumann walked and Caitlyn Nieto singled to load the bases.
Smith singled to drive in the first run of the inning and Katlyn Guzman singled to drive in one more. With no outs, Pence grounded out to the shortstop, but the hit brought home Nieto for the Matadors final run, and a 7-0 lead.
Edison scored in the top half of the seventh on Saturday, when Genina Villarreal tripled and then was knocked in by Natalie Castoreno for the Golden Bears only run.
The win moved the Lady Mats to 27-9 overall after a 13-3 run through district play.
The two-game sweep moved the Lady Matadors to the regional quarterfinal series next week against Medina Valley.
The Lady Mats travel to St. Mary’s University in San Antonio for the series. Game one is scheduled for Friday night at 7 p.m. Game two is slated for Saturday at 11 a.m. with a game three, if necessary, 30 minutes after.
“Medina Valley is traditionally a very strong softball program,” Garcia said. “They’ve made state appearances and won a state championship. They are no different than in the past. They’re a quality program, with quality coaching, and we’re going to have to play well to get them.”