HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Prowlers host San Elizario 5 p.m. Thursday to open playoffs

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Well, if the action on the field was as exciting as it was off the field, we should have a heck of a softball playoff opener.

Unable to agree on a neutral site, Fort Stockton and San Elizario high schools flipped a coin to determine which school will host the Thursday, April 25 single-game playoff.

Fort Stockton won the toss and will have a rare home playoff game.

Thus, the Eagles will make a 221-mile drive to face the Prowlers.

After winning back-to-back 4A-District 2 championships, the Prowlers find themself in the the unfamiliar position of being the third-place team heading into the playoffs.

San Elizario is the second-place team from 4A-District 1.

The playoff match-up carries the added dimension of pitted two teams that were denied in their bids to repeat as district champs. The Eagles (6-3, 18-10-1) not only finished second to Fabens, but dropped all three of its district games to Fabens.

For the Prowlers (4-4, 17-10), a 3-0 start to district play soon turned into a struggle with the team losing four of its last five game, including being swept by Monahans.

Fort Stockton finished behind Andrews and Monahans and ahead of Seminole and Pecos.

Pitcher L. Munoz has been the Eagles' main hurler, recording nearly 100 innings of work. She has 128 strikeouts on the season, according the MaxPreps. She has given up 99 hits, 6 home runs, 88 runs and 19 walks en route to a 3.39 ERA.

R. Herrera has a 1.47 ERA over 28 innings of work.

Munoz also leads the team with a .641 batting average and 44 RBI. D. Morlaes is batting .424 on the season and is second on the team with 17 RBI.

For the Prowlers, Mariah Bueno continues to be the pitching workhorse. She has pitched more than 100 innings. Big hits have hurt his this season, as she has given up 159 hits – including 12 home runs – and more than 40 walks against nearly 70 strikeouts.

Freshman Alyana Dominguez has come on recently to pitched to final inning or two of games.

Unlike San Elizario, Fort Stockton has been getting RBI from throughout the lineup. Bueno leads the team with 20, followed by Raquelle Bernal with 18, Bella Renteria with 17 and Becca Rodriguez and Kayla Prieto with 14 each.

For the Panthers, district play ended Friday, April 12 with a 7-4 home loss to Monahans. The loss not only cost the team a chance to force a tie-breaker for second with Monahans, but also marked the team’s first loss at home this season.

A fifth-inning grand slam was the difference in the game.

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