The Coyote softball team took their 2-4 record to Tuscon, Arizona in the National Fast pitch Coaches Association Division II Leadoff tournament in which they played four games and two semifinal games.
Out of the six games the girls acquired two wins and were dealt four losses.
The Yotes split the first-round play against the Mavericks from Colorado Mesa.
The Mavericks managed the first win of the day in the opener with a score of 9-2.
They scored five runs in the second inning and three runs in the sixth.
Returning senior infielder Britney Butler conquered her injury, proving she’s back and ready to play as she went 3-for-4 with a triple in the first game.
Teammate infielder Monica Ferguson achieved a 2-for-3 with a double.
The second game of the day resulted with a win for the Coyotes as they pulled off a 9-6 victory against Chowan University (N.C.).
Butler delivered an additional 3-for-4 triple and infielder Alyssa Flores scored three hits and outfielder Charlotte Galzote added two hits.
“It feels great to be back, it sucked being off the field. It felt pretty good coming back from the injury and being able to hit two triples,” said Butler.
As the first day of the tournament came to a close the Coyotes rested for the upcoming games.
Despite their efforts in game three against Red Storms of Dixie State, they lost 9-11. Galzote and Butler both earned two hits in the game but was not enough to seal a win.
In game four the Coyotes were put up against West Texas A&M and unfortunately lost 12-4.
Flores brought two players home while Ferguson and outfielder Jamie Leffingwell each brought one player home.
“The difficult part of the game was coming together. We have a few kinks to work out and we’re working on what we needed to work on in our practices,” said Butler.
As the semifinals approached for the girls they successfully split the final day of play. They first played against Nova SE and gained a win with a score of 6-0. Flores managed to bring four players to base.
In the first inning outfielder Darian Manuz scored on a passed ball while Flores brought in Galzote to home.
Flores homered in the third inning and was able to get Butler and herself home.
The girls also managed to get a run in the fifth and sixth innings.
As the final semifinal game came the Coyotes wasn’t able to gather the final win against Abilene Christians losing 8-3.
The Wildcats offense got off to a great start scoring five times in the first two innings.
The Coyotes then even the scored with three two-out runs in the fourth inning.
Head coach Tacy Duncan points out the girls are only producing little mistakes.
“Every game we’re fixing little mistakes, even though their scores aren’t showing little things are doing a lot better,” said Duncan.
The Coyotes are now 4-8 overall. With Butler back in the game bringing a little spark to the team hopefully the Coyotes can manage an explosive turnout in their upcoming games.