Lubbock-Cooper at Lubbock High
What: District 4-5A softball game
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Westerners Softball Field, Lubbock
Records: Lubbock-Cooper 10-3 overall; Lubbock High 12-6 overall
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Lowdown: The Lady Westerners and Lady Pirates are expected to face off in what should be a solid matchup in the district opener for both squads.
Lubbock High is coming off a 7-5 non-district win over Odessa Permian.
In the victory, Moriah Garza notched 10 strikeouts while catcher Chloe Read hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning. In her last three games, Garza has recorded 28 strikeouts out of her 121 on the season.
“Those two have been a part of our great junior class along with Christa Ramirez,” Lubbock High head coach Sherri Culwell said of Garza and Read. “Those three are certainly a good group to build around.”
Read and Garza each have six home runs, while Teal McKinzie-Powell and Azelia Reyes have hit three home runs this season.
“Our offense has hit well, but I felt the defense has been good too,” Culwell said. “I think that’s going to be huge in our district opener.”
Lubbock-Cooper is coming off a 14-4, five-inning victory over Odessa High.
Reagan Robertson went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in the Lady Pirates’ victory. Autumn White earned the win after striking out two batters and scattering five hits.
“We’ve had some good at-bats and good pitching so far,” Lubbock-Cooper coach Landon Winton said. “We haven’t done or seen that consistently yet due to some of our tournaments and game getting moved of canceled due to weather. … But I think, more importantly, we did a good job of getting outs on hard-hit balls and Reagan made some great plays when a ball was hit in the hole.”
As far as facing off against the Lady Westerners, Winton was succinct in saying what his team needed to do in order to win.
“It’ll be a dogfight,” he said. “Every time we play them it’s tough and their pitching is top of the line. And their catcher (Read) doesn’t let you get anything easy on the bases. She keeps you honest. We’re going to have to separate balls from strikes and be aggressive.
As for Lubbock High, Culwell feels like her pitching needs to step up.
“They’re going to be swinging the sticks pretty good,” she said. “We faced them in a tournament game back in February and kind of know what they do. But we’re both different and, probably, better softball teams at this point. “It’s going to be one of those epic-type games.”