Two district games, two district wins for the Queens.
Del Rio High’s softball team is off to a fast start to its district schedule, posting wins in their first two 29-6A contests this season.
The Queens started things off on Friday with an 11-2 win at home over the Laredo United Lady Longhorns.
United led once in the game, scoring the first run in the top of the second inning. However, Del Rio answered with four runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead and never look back.
Sarah Sunderland got things going with a single before Gisselle Valdez followed with a double to right field. Alyssa Gonzalez then ripped a double of her own to clear the bases and put Del Rio ahead, 2-1.
After Larizza Patiño tripled to right, Ari Alcaraz singled and brought home the Queens third run of the at-bat. Kelly Smith then singled to right and brought home Alcaraz to make it a 4-1 game.
The Queens stretched their lead in the bottom of the third.
Valdez’s double brought in Laila Blanco to make it 5-1. Gonzalez then stayed hot with a double to drive in Valdez and push the lead to 6-1. Britney Diaz eventually brought Valdez home on a squeeze play that made the score 7-1, in favor of the Queens.
An error on United allowed the Queens to score in the bottom of the fourth and stretch the lead to 8-1.
In the fifth, Smith made it a 9-1 game with an RBI double to score Desi Rodriguez.
United scored both its runs in the top of the sixth, but the Queens countered with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to ice things.
Sunderland doubled to bring in Blanco to make it 10-2, and then Valdez doubled to bring home Sunderland to make it 11-2, which stood as the final.
Del Rio racked up 11 runs on 19 hits and one Laredo error. Sunderland and Gonzalez each had a big day, each of them going 4-for-4. Sunderland also scored three times. Blanco and Valdez each went 3-for-4 with Valdez driving in a pair of runs in the process. Alcaraz and Smith each had two hits, and Patiño had Del Rio’s other hit. Smith also drove in two runs.
Gonzalez earned the win on the mound, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out nine in seven innings of work.
Monday the Queens got an early start to their spring break, traveling to Laredo in the morning for a noon contest against the LBJ Lady Wolves.
It didn’t take long for the Queens to set the tone against LBJ, scoring six runs in the first inning en route to a 17-2 win over the Lady Wolves.
Del Rio scored six in the first, two in the third and fourth and seven in the fifth to win the game in five innings.
Sunderland posted her second four-hit game of the district schedule and has yet to be retired against district foes. She also had three RBIs and scored twice.
Alexys DeHoyos and Gonzalez each had three hits and combined to score four runs with three coming from DeHoyos. Alcaraz, Blanco, Valdez, Patiño and Diaz each had two hits. One of Valdez’s hits was a home run as she drove in three runs in the win.
Angel Maldonado and Desi Rodriguez also had hits in the win.
The Queens return to action today at 3 p.m. at the Queens Softball Field against the Laredo Nixon Lady Mustangs, weather permitting.