In a back and forth ballgame the Ballinger Lady Cats secured a late lead and defeated Jim Ned 7-4 on Tuesday. Alina Pena started the game for Ballinger and she went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out one before being relieved with Ballinger down 4-3. Jessa Battle came in for relief duties and picked up right where she left off in her shutout pitching effort from the previous game. Battle surrendered zero runs on one hit over three innings, striking out one and walking zero to get credit for the win. Pena went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Ballinger Bearcats Varsity in hits. No hit was more crucial than when the game was tied at four with Ballinger batting in the bottom of the fifth. With Jessa Battle on 2nd and Jenna Battle on 1st, Alina tripled on the first pitch of her at bat driving in the two runs. Ballinger Bearcats Varsity didn’t commit a single error in the field. Tristen Hoelscher had the most chances in the field with five.

With the win Ballinger is in 3rd place in district with a chance to jump into 2nd if they are able to pick up their second win of the season against the Clyde Bulldogs on Friday, April 8th. As it stands now Jim Ned is currently on the outside looking in with Wall in 4th place. Merkel, the district leader, has yet to lose a district contest.

Ballinger
Lineup AB R H RBI BB SO
Addison Martin 4 2 1 0 0 0
Olivia Aguilera 1 0 0 0 0 1
Jessa Battle 3 1 1 1 0 0
Jenna Battle 2 2 1 0 1 0
Alina Pena 2 1 2 2 1 0
Tristen Hoelscher 3 0 0 1 0 1
Mikaela Gonzalez 2 0 0 1 0 0
Nadia Molina 2 0 1 0 1 0
Kamryn Medrano 3 0 0 0 0 0
Stephanie Rangel 0 1 0 0 0 0
Skyla Hostetter
Totals 22 7 6 5 3 2
Batting

2B: Addison Martin, Alina Pena
3B: Alina Pena
TB: Jenna Battle, Jessa Battle, Addison Martin 2, Nadia Molina, Alina Pena 5
RBI: Jessa Battle, Mikaela Gonzalez, Tristen Hoelscher, Alina Pena 2
SAC: Olivia Aguilera 2, Mikaela Gonzalez
ROE: Addison Martin
FC: Kamryn Medrano
SB: Jenna Battle

Totals

Team QAB: 17 (60.71%)
Olivia Aguilera 2, Jenna Battle 2, Jessa Battle, Mikaela Gonzalez 3, Tristen Hoelscher 2, Addison Martin, Kamryn Medrano, Nadia Molina 2, Alina Pena 3

Team LOB: 3

Fielding

DP: Mikaela Gonzalez

Ballinger
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER SO BB HR
Alina Pena 4.0 93 .538 5 4 3 1 6 0
Jessa Battle 3.0 35 .543 1 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 7.0 128 .539 6 4 3 2 6 0
Pitching

W: Jessa Battle
WP: Jessa Battle 2
Pitches-Strikes: Jessa Battle 35-19, Alina Pena 93-50
Groundouts-Flyouts: Jessa Battle 3-4, Alina Pena 3-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Jessa Battle 3-9, Alina Pena 12-22

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