#8 Levelland Loboettes Clinch A Share of a District Title with Walk Off Three-to-Two Win Over Denver City
The Levelland Loboettes, ranked number eight in the state, picked up a walk off three-to-two win Tuesday night over Denver City and the win clinches at least a share of the district title for the 20-and-four Loboettes.
Levelland got all they wanted from a solid Denver City Fillies squad.
Levelland got on the board first and in the bottom of the first. Miranda Villegas led off the game with a triple off the left-center wall and scored on a double into the left-center alley off the bat of Hannah Hinojosa. Hinojosa scored on a RBI single from Mica Contreras and Levelland led two-to-nothing after one.
Denver City would get on the board in the third when Jewel Santillan opened the inning with a solo home run to left and cut the Loboette lead to two-to-one after three.
The Fillies would tie it in the fifth. Jewel Santillan would walk to start the frame but went away on five-four fielder’s choice off the bat of Denisse Sanez setting Denver City one on and one out. Saenz would advance to second on a passed ball and score on a RBI from Haleigh Gonzales tying the game at two-to-two through five.
The Levelland Loboettes would rally and in an odd way.
Mia Rendon was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the seventh and after stealing second Miranda Villegas would come to the plate with a runner at second and nobody out. Villegas would scorch a ground ball to third and on the play, Denver City would throw the ball away. Rendon would take two bases on the throwing error and the Levelland Loboettes took the walk off win three-to-two.
Levelland got three runs on six hits with one error and seven left while Denver City scored two runs on seven hits with two errors and seven left.
Christen Covarrubias started the contest and worked an three and a third allowing one run on six hits, no walks and four strike outs. Kriston Montgomery took the win in three and two-thirds allowing one run on one hit, three walks and three strike outs.
Heidi Gonzales took the loss working two and two-thirds while allowing two runs on three hits, two walks, a hit batter and one strike out. Jewel Santillan worked the back three and a third allowing one unearned run on three hits, one walk, a hit batter and no strike outs.
Levelland’s win moves them to 20-and-four on the year and eight-and-one in district play. It also clinches the Loboettes at least a share of a district championship. The Loboettes have just one to go with a trip to Lamesa on Friday. A win would be an out right district title.
Denver City moves to five-and-four on the year and sits third in the district and their seeding won’t change. Lamesa who is four-and-five can’t catch the Fillies and Seminole at seven-and-two can’t fall far enough to give the Fillies at shot at second place.
Levelland needs one more win, they travel to Lamesa on Friday, to secure an outright district championship and a one seed. A win at Lamesa would do the trick or a loss by Seminole. A Seminole loss seems very unlikely as the seven-and-two Maidens wrap up the regular season with a trip to winless Lubbock Estacado.
The Loboettes will be in Lamesa on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 5:30pm.
The opening round of playoffs is slated for the weekend of April the 28th.
Levelland 3, Denver City 2
Seminole 8, Lamesa 0
Brownfield 11, Lubbock Estacado 1
(1) Levelland 8-1*
(2) Seminole 7-2*
(3) Denver City 5-4*
(4) Lamesa 4-5*
(5) Brownfield 2-7 (out)
(6) Lubbock Estacado 0-9 (out)
*denotes playoff team
DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Friday April 21st)
Levelland (8-1) @ Lamesa (4-5)
Seminole (7-2) @ Lubbock Estacado (0-9)
Brownfield (2-7) @ Denver City (5-4)