AUBREY – In the district finale for both teams on April 16, Aubrey downed Melissa, 11-0, in a run rule-shortened five innings. When the dust had settled on Aubrey’s natural-turf field, the district-champion Lady Chaparrals had wrapped up their regular-season slate with a perfect 10-0 mark.
Meanwhile Melissa’s record fell to 5-5, but on the up side the fourth-seeded Lady Cards are post-season-bound for a fifth-straight year.
With that in mind, Melissa head coach Eric Rodgers won’t spend much time trying to noodle this loss to death.
“We’ve just got to forget about this one,” he said. “Worrying about this one is not going to make us any better. We just need to leave this one here, head home and start regrouping tomorrow. … Our district has been tough the last three or four years. It’s no different now.”
He went on to say that it was just not the teams night.
“Our motivation is, if we can take care of the first round [of the playoffs] and the second round, in the third round we’re going to play Aubrey again,” Rodgers continued. “I think they want another shot. … We’re in the playoffs again. That’s what we wanted.”
Aubrey pitcher Lanie Roos allowed no hits over the game’s five frames while striking out three and walking one. Tensions flared a bit in the bottom of the fourth when back-to-back Melissa batters — Savannah Rodriguez and Audrey Solomon — took a pitch to the head. The episode drew Rodgers out to speak with the home plate umpire but the incident progressed no further.
Pitching for the Lady Cards, Alexis Pevehouse struck out four and walked one as Aubrey collected eight hits in its four at-bats.
The Lady Chaps erupted for five runs in the third inning and five more in the fourth to end this one early. Hannah Howell went 2-for-3 at the plate for Aubrey with a team-high 5 RBI. Her grand slam home run to left field gave the Lady Chaps their 11-0 lead in the fourth frame.