The Sealy softball team played its first tournament of the season in Sweeny going 1-3. The team’s only win of the tournament came against Van Vleck in a narrow 8-7 win and lost against Danbury, Columbia and Rockport-Fulton.
Senior third baseman Felicia Garcia-Aguirre was the star of the team’s only win in the tournament against Van Vleck driving in three runs and adding a triple to her stat line. Unfortunately, Sealy struggled to continue to produce offensively with the team failing to score more than three runs in their next three games.
The Tigers’ closest loss in the tournament came against Columbia on Feb. 24 in which Aguirre again added an RBI along with sophomore Megan Hennessey but their efforts weren’t enough as Sealy fell 4-3. Their other two losses was an 8-2 loss against Danbury and a 7-3 loss to Rockport-Fulton.
Despite the losses, a bright point for the Lady Tigers came in the days in between tournament play when they took on the Cinco Ranch Cougars. Cinco Ranch is in class 6A of the UIL alignments, two above Sealy.
The game, which had been added late and later had location switched for it to be played in Sealy, was played last Friday with junior Kendall Dornak taking the mound.
The Tigers quickly took the 2-0 lead in the game with Dornak shutting down any scoring opportunity for the Cougars. Cinco Ranch tied the game in the fifth inning by taking advantage of several throwing errors by the Tigers.
“I think better fielding is definitely where we need to improve the most because we’re a strong team mentally but when we make those mistakes, it can really cost us,” Head Coach Brittney Whitehead said. “Our pitcher can be pitching a great game like Kendall was doing and we put our heads down so we need to keep them up even when we do mistakes like that.”
Sealy didn’t let the errors get to them as they answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning, one of which was driven in by Dornak on a double. She later added the second run of the inning to secure the 4-2 lead for the Lady Tigers and would go on to be the final score of the game.
“I’m excited that we played so well with the big competition because we were nervous about being beat but they came out firing so that was a really good win for us,” Whitehead said. “I told them that they had to defend their field and they showed up and did exactly that.”
Whitehead also said she was happy with how the team has been able to advance runners when they get someone on base and the aggressive style of play the team has been showing early on.
Sealy will continue play in the Lamar Tournament in Rosenberg this weekend and their next home game will be against East Bernard on March 6.