FALFURRIAS, Texas — Throughout the season, Corpus Christi London’s goal has been to earn a berth in the state softball playoffs. On Thursday night, the Lady Pirates came close by dominating Santa Rosa 23-2 in five innings in the opener of their Class 3A Championship Series.
“We’ve worked really hard so far and we’re just trying to stay alive in the playoffs,” London head coach Marinna Avila said. “I’m very proud of the girls and the way they played tonight. The ultimate goal is going to indicate and that’s what we’re working towards – getting a ring and all that goes with it, becoming softball sisters.
CC London and Santa Rosa face off again Friday at 6:30 p.m. in game two of the series. If necessary, Game 3 will be played on Saturday.
Aviles credits their playoff success to the district they play in, which includes state-ranked Bishop and Santa Gertrudis, both of whom made the last four of the state tournament.
“We are playing in a very tough neighborhood,” Aviles said. “We have Big Bishop and SG (Santa Gertrudis), both of them have been in the state, and one has won the state, so we have a very competitive district, which I’m very proud of because I think it really sets us up. for the playoffs.”
The Lady Pirates held a batting clinic, tearing up 22 hits as everyone in the lineup collected at least one hit. Katie McBride led the way, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scoring two runs, while Chrysta Coy went 3-for-5, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
Corpus Christi London opened the game on fire and capitalized on a Lady Warrior error as a springboard to early success in attack. Leadoff batter Parker Roden walked to open the game, then Santa Rosa cracked down and collected two quick outs.
Chrysta Coy snatched a hard fly ball to left field that looked like the third out, but a field error opened the door and the Lady Pirates never looked back. After Coy got to base, Maddy Perez walked and then the Lady Pirates ripped five straight hits – by Mcbride, Alexia Stommel, Norah Garcia, Eva Gallegos and Roden. Once the dust settled it was 13-0 CC London in the first leg.
Santa Rosa opened the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back hits from Alexis Colon and Desirea Ruiz. They would both score to give the Lady Warriors their only two points of the game.
Corpus Christi London continued to add to their lead by stringing together four straight hits from Roden, Kailynn De Leon, Corty Lewalten and Coy to score four more runs in the second inning and open a 17-2 lead.