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Industrial wins area-round opener against Hallettsville

By bY CLAY WHITTINGTON - CWHITTINGTON@VICAD.COM
May 4, 2012 at 12:04 a.m.
Updated May 5, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.

Hallettsville pitcher Megan Henke throws out Industrial sophomore Madison Garza at first base in a 2A area playoff game on Friday.

Miranda Hogsed won the game for her team, but she did it for her grandmother.

With the score tied in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Industrial senior delivered a RBI double to left field, sending teammate Jordin Jones across home plate and giving the Cobras a 4-3 Game 1 victory in their Class 2A area round series against Hallettsville played at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex on Thursday evening.

After the game, Hogsed admitted she wanted to do something to pay homage to her grandmother.

The fact Jones was also involved in the play, making the long trek from first base to home as the ball rolled to the left field wall, simply made the moment even sweeter.

"My Grandma died a year-and-a-half ago, and all I could think about was that me and Jordin have this saying that we 'do it for our grandmas,'" Hogsed said. "It's exciting. It was a big win for us to get that first win, and it was an incredible feeling."

The hit came after suffering through a tough start on the mound. Hogsed gave up four hits, two runs and two walks in just over an inning before being replaced by Madison Garza, who earned the pitching victory with nine strikeouts.

"(Garza) stepped up even though she's just a sophomore," Matula said. "She does her job and works well under pressure."

Prior to scoring the winning run, the Cobras never led, trailing 3-2 for a majority of the contest before Katlyn Strauss' added a run in the fifth inning to knot the score at 3-3.

"Hallettsville beat us (earlier in the season) 8-7, and we are using that to our advantage," Industrial head coach Chasity Matula said of the Cuero tournament game the Cobras led 7-3. "It doesn't matter how much we are down, we can always turn it around.

"Ever since that game, it doesn't matter what the score is, it doesn't matter how many we are down, anything can happen."

Hallettsville jumped out to a one-run lead as leadoff hitter Lana Hickson scored in the top of the first inning.

Industrial catcher Bianca Moreno returned the favor in the bottom of the inning, scoring on Madison Garza's sacrifice bunt to tie the score 1-1.

In the second inning, however, Lady Brahmas catcher Heather Henneke delivered a solo home run over the left field wall and Sarah Busselman scored on a wild pitch to put Hallettsville ahead 3-1.

The score did not hold for long as Jones hit a RBI double to score Garza in the bottom of the third inning, pulling Industrial within a run at 3-2, setting up Strauss' tying and Jones' go-ahead runs.

Sophomore shortstop Jones went 2 for 3 in the game, joining teammates Moreno and Hogsed as the only players in the game to produce multiple hits.

"(Winning Game 1) was very big for us, and it gave us a boost of confidence going into tomorrow," Jones said. "We just have to stick together and play with out hearts."

The series resumes Saturday at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex at 2 p.m. with Game 3, if necessary, following.

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