BY HAILEY BROWN
The Lady Cowboys continued their drive in the district tournament this week, playing McArthur on Tuesday and Nova on Thursday. The Cowboys quickly ended the first game with a mercy rule, leaving the score at 17-0 at the end of the third inning. The second game didn’t end so quickly. The game came to an end in the last inning with a score of 8-1, with the Cowboys beating Nova and winning the district title.
“This week should go well for us,” sophomore Brenna Lokeinsky said. “We’ve beat both teams before and we hope to win districts and keep going in the tournament.”
On Tuesday, April 24, the Cowboys took on McArthur at home to begin the district tournament. The first inning began with McArthur at bat. The Cowboys quickly got three outs, giving them an opportunity to score some points.
Lokeinsky started off the bottom of the first inning with a fly to right field, advancing her to third base. Jasmine Herrera was walked and Kassandra Espinosa was hit by the pitch, loading the bases. Michelle Adelman was able to hit an RBI, bringing home Lokeinsky and loading the bases again. Adriana Crespo hit an RBI shortly after bringing home Herrera, loading the bases once again. Katherine Claros was up next, hitting a line drive to center field and advancing to second on the throw and bringing home Espinosa and Adelman.
Beka Ehrenthal doubles on a line drive to center field, bringing home Crespo and Claros and advancing Bridgette Tuxbury to third. Amanda Gettys then hit a grounder to the short stop bringing Tuxbury home and Ehrenthal to third, but got herself thrown out. Lokeinsky was walked and Herrera was up next. On the pitch, Lokeinsky stole second and Ehrental stole home. Herrera then doubled on a line drive to left field bringing home Lokeinsky. Herrera was able to score after Crespo hit a fly that was dropped by the right fielder.
Espinosa and Adelman both scored on another error made by the right fielder. Ehrenthal earned another couple of RBIs bringing home Crespo and Claros. Kylie Bright also got an RBI bringing in Tuxbury. Shortly after, the bottom of the first inning ended with a score of 15-0. The Cowboys finished the game with two more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Kaia Weaver scored and Mia Kotzen got an RBI bringing home Sierra Huddle, ending the game with a score of 17-0 and moving them on to the district finals.
Final Score: Cooper City 17, McArthur 0
“We played really well this game,” Kotzen said. “Everyone was able to go in and play so that was cool.”
On Thursday, April 26 the Cowboys played Nova for the district finals. The Cowboys started early scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Lokeinsky was on third and scored on passed ball. The Cowboys held Nova until it was their turn to bat again. Lokeinsky singled on a line drive to center field bringing home Tuxbury and Gettys. The second inning ended 3-0 with Cooper City in the lead.
With Espinosa on third and Adelman on first, Espinosa steals home and Adelman steals second. Adelman steals third right before Crespo hits a home run bringing both home, ending the third inning 6-0. With the Titans up at bat, they are given another chance to score. The Titans hit a single and right after was hit by a pitch, putting a runner at first and second. The next at bat sent a grounder to first basemen Abby Cowart. Cowart was able to get the out while the Titans advanced to second and third base. On an error made by the Cowboys, Nova was able to score, ending the inning with a score of 6-1. The game ended in the seventh inning with a score of 8-1, with the Cowboys winning districts.
“We could have done a little better,” Gettys said. “We still won districts which is all that matters and hopefully we continue to win moving into regionals.”
Photo by Hailey Brown