Galena Park Softball Game Update - Elkins
Galena Park’s first round effort against Elkins is in the book!
The Elkins Knights found their way to Galena Park Wednesday, March 8th. The junior varsity teams were not able to play. Heavy rain earlier in the week made field conditions less than perfect. The varsity squads took precedence for getting their game played under the best circumstances possible. The JV teams will have to wait for the second half of districts to square off.
Elkins started the game with a 2 – 1 district record and was looking to improve but the Jackets were ready for them. Bailey Richey got the evening’s pitching assignment. She got off to a frustrating start, walking the leadoff batter after having her down in the count 0-2. Luckily, she induced the two hole to hit a ground ball to shortstop, senior Breanna “Beedy” Garza. Speedy Beedy scooped, stepped on second and threw to first for a double play. Senior Angelica Rodriguez made it three up three down with the first of two nice catches in right field. Elkins pitcher, Madison Martinez allowed no runs on two hits through the first two innings but ran into trouble pitching to the G.P. lineup the second time around. Senior, Alexis Valdez worked a walk and sophomore Laila Gonzalez beat out an infield hit to set the table in the third for senior, Izairia Vazquez. Vazquez drilled a line drive over the centerfield fence. That ball was hit so hard it was gone in a heartbeat. Juniors, Bailey Richey and Kassandra Vargas followed with back to back doubles plating another run. From that point forward the Jackets never looked back. Not a single G.P. batter struck out in six innings of play. The Jackets were on fire and only the outstanding Elkins outfield kept things from really getting out of hand. Galena Park’s heavy hitters were robbed of four extra base hits by the talented trio. Richey threw an excellent game, allowing no runs on two infield hits, and striking out eight in seven innings of work. She got a little revenge for the second hit by catching the next batter’s pop up and then throwing behind the runner for the second G.P. double play of the game. Galena Park picked up their fourth district win. They travel to Galveston Ball on Friday, March 10th with an encouraging 4 – 0 district record.
Galena Park Softball Game Update - Manvel
The Jackets headed to Alvin ISD to play Manvel, Friday March 3rd. The fans enjoyed two good games.
The JV team went toe to toe, playing very good softball. It was a pitcher’s duel. Freshman Abby Chavez threw well for Galena Park. The Jackets backed her up with timely hitting, scoring five runs on six hits. The fourth inning showcased most of the scoring. Down by one, G.P. put four runs on the board with four hits, including junior Abby Reyes’ two-run triple. Unfortunately, nerves seemed to set in at the bottom of the inning and Manvel plated three runs to tie the game. In the top of the sixth pitcher Abby Chavez renewed hope with a two-out triple. Alas, Manvel’s pesky shortstop put an end to that inning and the Jacket’s scoring. The Mavericks’ bats found Chavez in the bottom of the inning and put this one away 6-5.
The varsity game began with Manvel taking the lead in the first inning on an unearned run, but the Jackets didn’t panic. Senior pitcher Alexis Valdez stayed strong in the circle and the offense came alive. Valdez helped herself with a one RBI triple in the second. She was three for five for the game with two RBIs. Junior Ashley Colunga touched three in the fourth, plating two. Four hole hitter, junior Bailey Richey went five for five with a one RBI double in the fifth. Junior Kassandra Vargas follows Richey in the lineup and they are becoming quite the one, two punch. Vargas was three for five with two RBIs. Senior Galilea Chavez came off the bench for a two for three evening with a run batted in. Senior Christina Herrera was two for four, batting in two. Senior Izairiz Vazquez was also two for four. The Jacket’s hit column totaled 18! Manvel put up a bit of a fight in the sixth, scoring four times on four hits. Valdez handed the ball to Bailey Richey for the seventh having allowed five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Richey and her teammates made it three up three down and secured the 12-5 win for Galena Park. The defensive standouts in this game go to: second baseman Ashley Colunga and shortstop Breanna “Beedy” Garza for an outstanding play under pressure in the fourth, first baseman Bailey Richey for the error preventing stretch in the third, and to senior Christina Herrera who put on the catcher’s gear for this one and threw a bullet to shortstop Garza in the fifth to nullify the lead off batter’s attempt to get into scoring position.
Coach Richey does not deny that she was nervous coming into this game. Manvel had recently played district powerhouse Santa Fe to a one run decision. The Jackets are now 3 – 0 in district play. Next up is Elkins at home Tuesday, March 7th.
Galena Park Softball Game Update - Marshall
The Galena Park varsity and junior varsity teams both are now 2 – 0 in district play. The Jackets traveled to Marshall for the February 28th meeting that resulted in two run rule decisions. Freshman Abby Chavez got the start for the JV team. She pitched two innings without giving up a run and striking out four. Freshman Alayna Cain worked the third inning, striking out the side in order and nailing down the shutout. The Marshall pitching staff struggled as the JV Jackets worked with a five run limit each inning and maxed out their possible scoring opportunities. While bases on balls was the largest factor in this offensive barrage, freshman Viviana Alaniz combined power with quick feet for an in-the-park homerun. Junior Briana Salinas and Abby Chavez completed the hit column with a single each. The final score was G.P. 15 to Marshall’s 0.
The varsity game began with the prospect of a more equitable contest. G.P. started with two quick outs. Back to back singles combined with aggressive base running pushed a run across before the side was retired. Junior Kassandra Vargas then took the ball for the Yellowjackets. She allowed two base runners in the bottom of the inning but both were left stranded. Senior shortstop Breanna “Beedy” Garza got things rolling in the top of the second inning. She led off with a drive to the right field corner that would result in her touching all four bases. A combination of hits, walks and errors would bring senior leadoff batter Alexis Valdez to the plate. She drove the ball up the middle so fast the pitcher was unable to get her glove down and took it off her shin. The injury resulted in her inability to continue. Unfortunately, Marshall’s relief pitching was unable to find the strike zone and simply could not keep the Jackets off base. Seven walks and six hit batsmen made it a long game. When the opportunity came to put the ball in play the Jackets capitalized. Junior Julia Vazquez hit an in-the-park homerun and Alexis Valdez, senior Izairiz Vazquez, junior Bailey Richey, and Beedy Garza were all two for two. Both Izairiz and Julia Vazquez had three RBIs and Bailey Richey had four. Pitcher Kassandra Vargas pretty much took care of defense herself. She recorded seven strike outs in three innings works. The only real fielding opportunity resulted in G.P.’s first double play of the season.
The Galena Park girls will play Manvel March 3rd at Manvel.
Galena Park Softball Game Update - Shadow Creek
Jackets leave no doubt in home opener!
Galena Park faced newcomer Shadow Creek in the season’s home opener and first district game. Shadow Creek is a first year program and while both their junior varsity and varsity teams played with heart, lack of experience showed.
The JV Jackets recorded a 15-0 victory without even needing a hit. It was a struggle for Sharks’ pitcher, M. Morales but she stayed poised in the circle and gave her best effort. Galena Park’s freshman, Abby Chavez threw two innings to seven batters, striking out five, and giving up one hit. The shutout continued with freshman Alayna Cain in the circle for the third inning. She faced three batters, recording one strike out. The JV team will be testing their skills to a greater degree as they take the field February 23rd and 25th in the Galena Park JV tournament to be played at the North Shore complexes.
The Shadow Creek varsity team is athletic and has great potential but in this contest they were simply over matched in spite of quality pitching and the ability to put the ball in play. Senior Izairiz Vazquez threw the three innings required to put this one in the books. She gave up two earned runs on three hits, striking out five. Even though Vazquez left little opportunity for her defense to work, the Jackets did flash some leather. Junior catcher Julia Vazquez made an outstanding play on a short pop up just beyond the batter’s box and senior Christina Herrera robbed the Sharks of a double with a deep running catch in centerfield. G.P.’s offense produced 12 hits on the evening. Junior Kassandra Vargas is fast becoming a very impactful Jacket in this her first year exclusively on varsity. She drilled a two run double in the first. Izairiz Vazquez did likewise in the third. Christina Herrera shortly followed, launching one deep to right center that she easily legged out into a two run triple. When the dust settled it was G.P. 17 – Shadow Creek 2.
Galena Park Softball Game Update - North Shore Varsity Tournament
The Jackets looked good in the North Shore Varsity Tournament played February 16th – 18th. It was a competitive 11 team semi-round robin event that produced two undefeated teams (Dayton and MacArthur) with GP placing second with only one loss.
The Jackets claimed their first two wins Thursday evening against Lutheran South Academy and C.E. King. Junior, Bailey Richey threw in the Lutheran South game allowing three earned runs in four innings with six strike-outs. After struggling a bit with control Richey helped herself with a two run double in the first inning. The scoreboard really got to rolling in the fourth with G.P. plating 11. Everyone in the line-up contributed at least one single to make this a 14-3 run rule decision.
The C. E. King pitching fared no better against the hot G.P. bats. This was another short game. G.P. scored 12 runs on 12 hits, including a homerun from senior Izairiz Vazquez, a triple for junior Kassandra Vargas, and doubles for seniors Alexis Valdez and Christina Herrera. Izairiz Vazquez pitched a three hit shutout with six strikeouts. G.P. played solid defense committing no errors in the four innings of play.
Friday’s weather allowed for only one of the two scheduled games to be played. Amid steady showers junior Kassandra Vargas managed to overcome the elements to throw two innings, allowing one run, and striking out three before the game was called for safety reasons. The Jackets got in enough at bats to plate five runs on seven hits while taking advantage of four South Houston errors. Kassandra was two for two in the effort.
Saturday’s first game was against North Shore. This game always gets the Jacket’s competitive juices flowing and senior Alexis Valdez was up for the challenge of pitching to our north side rivals. She was focused and in control throwing six innings allowing only three hits and one unearned run. Alexis struck out six and gave up nothing but singles. North Shore scored first in the top of the fourth on an error but Coach Richey refused to allow her girls to hang their heads down. The bottom of the inning began with a strike out that was quickly followed by sophomore Laila Gonzalez being hit by a pitch. A pop up to the catcher then brought senior Izairiz Vazquez to the plate with two outs. She drove one up the middle setting the table for junior Bailey Richey. Richey pounded out a two run double. Junior Kassandra Vargas followed, plating pinch runner, senior Brianna Mata with a single. Vargas then scored off a double hit by senior Breanna “Beedy” Garza. G.P. pitching and defense allowed only one runner over the next seven batters, sealing the sixth inning with a three up three down inning. The final was G.P. 4 – N.S. 1.
Orangefield was the next opponent. Junior Bailey Richey got the start and pitched very well (No earned runs, three hits, and six strike-outs over six innings work.) She went into the fifth having allowed no hits when a miscommunication allowed a ball to drop and things went south. Two errors later Orangefield had scored three runs and G.P. failed to respond. The final was Orangefield 3 – G.P. 1. Shout out to G.P. catcher, junior Julia Vazquez for her excellent work behind the plate. Julia has thrown out five would be base stealers in six games played.
A perfect tournament was not achieved but the Jackets played well and exhibited confidence and spunk. They will be further tested in Tuesday’s district opener at Galena Park against Shadow Creek. The JV game will begin at 5:00, varsity at 6:30.