Softball notes: Lyford picks up road win; 32-6A play gets in full swing

On Friday, the Lyford Lady Bulldogs picked up another impressive win against a Class 6A club as they used a four-run first inning and a solid pitching performance from senior Evelyn Ortiz to beat La Joya 4-2.

Ortiz gave up seven hits through seven full innings of work, fanned five and allowed just two runs. She also had command of the zone on the night as she threw 20 first-pitch strikes.

Offensively, La Joya out hit Lyford 7-3, but Ortiz and Hannah Garza got a hit each and Ortiz also was credited with an RBI in the win.

Lyford will now host San Diego on Wednesday before its district opener against Monte Alto next Friday at home with first pitched scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

HARLINGEN HIGH: The Lady Cardinals picked up their first District 32-6A win on Friday and it was also the first league win for first-year skipper Nora Aguilar.

The Lady Red Birds completed an 11-0 shutout win over Brownsville Rivera and evened their district record at 1-1 through the first week of the district season.

Carla Arellano led the offense for the Lady Cards with a 3 for 4 night at the plate. Arellano collected three doubles and three runs. Leadoff batter Eneli Garza, meanwhile, went 2 for 4 with a triple and run scored.

Harlingen will now prepare for Weslaco High, which is 2-0 in league play.

HARLINGEN SOUTH: The Lady Hawks are off to a hot start as they beat Harlingen on Tuesday then blew past Los Fresnos 11-0 on Friday. They are now 2-0 in 32-6A with Brownsville Hanna and San Benito coming up this week.

In its two games, South’s offense has outscored its opponents 25-1. Against the Lady Falcons both Krystal Gonzales and Kaitlynn De La Fuente belted a pair of homers. Gonzales finished the night 2 for 3 while De La Fuente went 2 for 4.

Much like Tuesday, De La Fuente dominated in the circle for the Lady Hawks on Friday as the righty twirled another complete-game gem, striking out five and allowing just one hit through five innings.

OTHERS: Rio Hondo picked up a 16-3 win against La Feria on Friday to improve to 3-0 in District 32-4A play. The Lady Cats will next host Grulla on Monday and then travel to Hidalgo on Wednesday. La Feria, meanwhile, will look for its first league win when it faces Raymondville on Monday. The Lionettes will wrap up their spring break with a game against Progreso on Wednesday. Finally, San Benito earned a 6-4 win in eight innings against Weslaco East on Friday. The Lady Hounds are now 3-0 in 32-6A play with Brownsville Rivera up next on Tuesday then Harlingen South at home on Thursday.