CORPUS CHRISTI – Errors in softball will give any coach fits. Unfortunately for Robstown coach Sart Perez, those are the problems he had to deal with Monday.
The Lady Pickers committed seven errors – including four in the decisive fifth inning – as they fell to Class 5A King 5-4 at Cabaniss Field.
After building a 4-1 leading in the top of the fifth, Robstown gave the lead back with a four-run inning for the Mustangs in the home half.
King’s Celeste Silvas began the rally with a leadoff walk. The first error of the inning sent Silvas to third base on an errant pickoff attempt. Dominique Salinas brought her home with a slow roller down the third-base line, beating out the throw at first.
Two batters later, Nicole Wintrode made it a 4-3 ballgame with a single up the middle that scored Salinas. Wintrode came around on the next at-bat, as Destiny Vega reached on another throwing error at first base. Vega got all the way to third base on a second throwing error during the same sequence.
Knotted up at 4-all, Chastity Morales hit a sac fly to center field, bringing in Vega for what would be the winning run.
“Like everybody says, at the end, the team that has the least errors more than likely will win the game,” Perez said. “That’s what happened today. Our hitting has been there, and our defense is what got us today.”
The Lady Pickers put up all four of their runs in the fifth inning after trailing 1-0.
Down to the last out of the frame, Robstown’s Claudia Chapa delivered Genesis Robledo and Cassie Sanchez with a double just fair of third base. Up 2-1, Serena Garza kept the two-out rally going with a deep triple over the head of the right fielder, scoring Chapa.
Garza slid into home for a 4-1 lead on a passed ball.
Despite out-hitting the Mustangs 8-5, in the end it was the errors that proved to be the difference.
“This is the most errors we’ve had in a game this year,” Perez said. “We’ve been cutting it to maybe three (per game). The seven errors is what got us.
“We’ve got to work more on our defensive mentality and attitude – going all out, making extra effort. Our hitting is there for us, we’ve just got to stop them.”