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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Odessa High makes most of opportunities in victory over Permian

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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2019 10:45 pm

Entering Friday’s crosstown rivalry game, both the Odessa High and Permian softball teams were looking to take advantage of an important opportunity.

The Lady Bronchos were able to make the most of their chances, defeating the Lady Panthers 9-4 on a warm night at the Ratliff Softball Complex.

After Friday’s results, the two teams are now tied for second place in District 2-6A with Midland Lee at the midway point of district play.

“Any win definitely helps you get on track and it’s nice to get this one because it is a rivalry game,” Odessa High head coach Rachel Pena said. “We scored runs, hit the ball well and I’m hoping we can continue to take that momentum moving forward.”

Even with Odessa High (22-5 overall, 3-2 district) coming away with the win, things started off promising for Permian early on.

After consecutive singles to start the game, the Lady Panthers got on the board with an RBI groundout from Hunter Harkrider.

Odessa High responded in the bottom of the inning.

After Skylar Herrera led off with a walk, she stole both second base and made her way to third after a Permian throwing error. She scored on a line drive from Kaylean Ayala that stayed in the infield to tie the game up at 1-1.

That play was followed by 12 consecutive outs between the teams, but things opened up for Odessa High in the third inning as it took advantage of a pair of Permian errors.

After Herrera scored on an error to give the Lady Bronchos a 2-1 lead, they loaded the bases with two outs with a chance to break the game open.

Enter freshman Emily Salgado.

The designated player stepped up and hit a grand slam that crept just over the right-field wall to give Odessa High a 6-1 advantage.

“I was just trying to get my runners around,” Salgado said. “I felt confident when I stepped up to the plate. I know my teammates were going to be there for me and I just wanted to go out and execute for them.”

Permian (17-8-2, 3-2) got a run back in the fourth inning off an RBI single from Kelsi McCall.  However, the inning ended after she was thrown out trying to advance to second base.

The Lady Bronchos extended the lead again in the bottom of the inning with two more runs, one coming off a pair of Permian errors and the other off an RBI double from Noeli Suarez.

Salgado capped off the scoring with her second home run of the game, a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“I was just really proud of our at bats tonight,” Pena said. “At first, I thought we were a little bit anxious at the plate. But once we calmed down, things really started to pay off for us.”

As for Permian, the defensive mistakes caught up with them.

Even though they were able to close the deficit with a two-run home run by Monique Pando in the sixth inning, the Lady Panthers were unable to overcome their five errors.

“Odessa High is a great team,” Permian head coach Kristin Williams said. “We just made too many mistakes and that made it hard for us tonight.”

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