No. 12 Lady Mustangs beat Santa Fe 11-4

FRIENDSWOOD — The No. 12 state-ranked Friendswood Lady Mustangs continued their unbeaten journey through District 22-5A with a convincing win over Santa Fe 11-4.

The Lady 'Stangs are now 11-0 in league play while Santa Fe drops to 8-3.

Santa Fe made it appeared they were going to take control of the game in the opening frame as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

But that didn't affect the Lady Mustangs as they answered with five run in their half of the first inning to take a 5-3 lead.

Ciara Trahan and Reese Reyna drew back-to-back walks to start the game, and then Rylie Bouvier’s one-out single loaded the bases. Maggie Childs broke Santa Fe onto the scoreboard with a two-run single, and an RBI groundout smacked by Juliana Garcia gave the Lady Indians what would be a short-lived 3-0 lead.

Friendswood’s first five batters (Tricia Yarotsky walk; KK Esparza double; Chloe Riassetto RBI single; Elizabeth Higgins RBI single; Bayleigh Lay RBI single) all reached safely to tie the game at 3-3 in short order.

A bases-loaded run-scoring fielder’s choice gave the Lady Mustangs the lead, and they added one more run on a bases-loaded Yarotsky RBI single.

Riassetto led off the bottom of the second with a single, and after her courtesy runner Cierra Langston advanced to third on consecutive groundouts, Lauren Adams smashed a two-out RBI single to push Friendswood’s lead to 6-2.

Santa Fe trimmed the Friendswood lead to 6-4 in the top of the third following a pair of defensive errors by the Lady Mustangs.

But, once again, Friendswood answered in their half of the inning with two more runs to bump the lead to 8-4.

A Yarotsky single and an error put runners on the corners, and consecutive RBI singles from Riassetto and Higgins brought the runners home for an 8-4 lead.

Friendswood capped its scoring onslaught with a two-out rally plating three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Yarotsky kept the inning alive with a single, and Esparza drove her home on an RBI double. Riassetto put the final runs on the board for Friendswood in style with a two-run home run.

Riassetto finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored at the plate and logged the win in the circle. Along with Riassetto, Yarotsky (3-for-4, three runs, one RBI), Higgins (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Esparza (2-for-5, three runs, one RBI) — representing the first four batters in the Lady Mustangs’ lineup — combined for 11 of Friendswood’s 15 total base hits.