The only person struggling on Deer Park’s softball roster Tuesday night was coach Amy Vidal and her raspy voice.
Thanks to that hoarseness, it was players like Bryanna Fuentes who were screaming and using their fingers for combinations of numbers like “455”, “352” and “011” and not Vidal.
But the best number was the 19-0 district champions put up Channelview in a three-inning loss amid intermittent downpours at the new baseball/softball complex.
Lefty Kylie Wilson pitched a three-inning perfect game, striking out four of the nine batters she faced in her shortened tenure as she and her teammates increased their district record to 4-0, but first since before the holidays of spring.
Aside from a 10-7 win over Dobie, Deer Park is making mincemeat of the District thus far. Channelview looks to have a good chance of earning a state playoff berth, but Lady Deer takes them down a couple of notches with this beating.
Highlighted by a grand slam by Hanna York in the second inning as Deer Park hit 12, Lady Deer collected 11 hits. Fast-paced Wilson helped her cause with a 3-for-3 night at the plate, driving in three RBI.
Channelview’s spree in the pitching circle saw eight Lady Deer batters walk and a ninth be hit by a pitch. That eighth free pass to first base was on board as York threw a line drive that easily cleared the outfield wall and narrowly missed the big scoreboard. Julia Donnell was on board as were Madison Gutierrez and Aleena Carrizales. Both had delivered RBI singles to make it 14 and 15-0.
York finished the game with five RBI.
In all, 16 Deer Park batters struck out in the second inning. After a seven-run first inning, the rush night was assured as the team racked up nine hits to get those 12 runs. Lindsey McKnight, who also finished with three RBI, led the team into double figures (11-0) with a two-RBI single to right field.
Wilson’s third RBI of the night made it 12-0, before Fuentes doubled from the center field wall for a 13-0 lead.
Deer Park’s seven runs in the first inning saw the team score its first four runs with the softball never leaving the infield. Five of those eight walks took place then, as did the batter hit. The fourth and fifth free passes were given to York and Lorelei Graham, extending the lead to 4-0.