The Fort Stockton High School Prowlers used power, speed, defense and pitching to edge visiting Andrews 4-3 Friday, March 22 in 4A-District 2 softball action.
The win put the Prowlers at 3-0 in district as they head out on the road to face Monahans Tuesday, March 26 in the final game of the first-half of district play. Monahans is 2-1, followed by Andrews (1-1), Seminole (1-2) and Pecos (0-3).
The Prowlers shook off a lead-off home run by Marley Morales by scoring twice in the bottom of the first.
Becca Rodriquez led off with a single to right, took second on a wild pitch, and came around to score on Mariah Bueno's single. Bueno got caught trying to take second on the throw home for the first out of the inning.
After a groundout, Ninelly Gonzalez drove the ball over left-field fence for the go-ahead homer.
The score stayed 2-1 until Morales took Bueno deep for the second time in as many at bats to tie the game at 2-2.
The score stay tied until the bottom of the fifth. Raquelle Bernal led off with a home run for a 3-2 lead.
The Panthers then used small ball as Bueno reached on an error, took second on Desiree Blanco's single and stole third before scoring what proved to be the tying run on Gonzalez' fielder's choice grounder to short.
Bueno's stolen base was a heady move, as Blanco was caught in a pickle between first and second. Blanco was patient before breaking to third, not only taking the base, but allowing Blanco to return to first safely.
Andrews pulled within one run in the sixth despite note hitting the ball out of the infield with a fielder's choice, walk, another fielder's choice and an inflated single.
With the bases loaded, Bueno induced a popup to end the inning.
Andrews made things interesting in the seventh, After Bueno struck out the first batter swinging, she threw wide to first after fielded a bunt, putting a runner on second with Marley coming to bat.
Coach Christa Carrasco had Marley intentionally walked – much to the chagrin of Bueno. A fielder's choice grounder followed that left runners on second and third. But Bueno got the comeback and threw to first to end the game.
Bueno struck out six, scattered seven hits and walked three in the game.
Gonzalez finished with three hits. Blanco had two hits.