Lady Mustangs clinch 22-5A softball title

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Lady Mustangs continued their perfect journey through their District 22-5A opponents while clinching the 22-5A crown and punching their ticket as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs.

The No. 8 state-ranked Lady 'Stangs improved their district mark to 11-0 with a 13-0 pounding over Galena Park in six innings.

Three consecutive hits to start the game by Tricia Yarotsky (single), KK Esparza (single) and Chloe Riassetto (RBI double) had Friendswood off and running. Later in the inning, Lauren Adams connected on a sacrifice fly to center for a 2-0 lead.

Friendswood added two more runs in the second after Yarotsky walked and then stole second. Esparza singled and Riassetto brought in a run on an RBI ground out. Elizabeth Higgins smashed a run-scoring double giving Friendswood a 4-0 advantage.

The fourth frame produced three more runs to make the score 7-0 thanks to Riassetto’s bases-clearing triple scoring Amani Adi (walk), Yarotsky (single) and Esparza (single).

Back-to-back doubles by Reagan Jones and Maddie Wilson (RBI) to start the fifth had Friendswood up 8-0.

Two home runs highlighted a five-run sixth inning thanks to Adams (two-run) and Esparza (three-run) making the score 13-0..

Friendswood’s top three batters were Yarotsky (three runs, two hits), Esparza (four hits, four runs, three RBIs), Riassetto (five RBIs, two hits)

Adi also scored two runs for the Lady Mustangs.

Haven Franks picked up the win in the circle, throwing a complete-game six-inning shutout, giving up two hits, one walk, and striking out six.

Friendswood 13 - Ball High 2

Amani Adi was a terror against Ball High as she was responsible for six runs against the Lady Tors in leading the Lady 'Stangs to a lopsided 13-2 win to clinch the 22-5A softball title.

Adi drove in runs on a grand slam in the second, a single in the third, and a single in the sixth.

Riassetto got the win in the pitching circle as she went four innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out five. Haven Franks pitched two innings in relief.

Friendswood (12-0) continued to show their ability to launch the long ball as they sent three moon shots over the fence thanks to KK Esparza who went deep in the second and fifth innings while Adi had a dinger in the second inning.

With one out, Bayleigh Lay singled, Lauren Adams singled and Regan Jones walked to load the bases. And after a line-out, Adi hit a grand slam home run. A Tricia Yarotsky triple extended the inning, and then Esparza blasted a two-run home run for a 6-0 lead.

With one out in the top of the third, Adams walked and Jones singled, and after a strikeout, Adi pushed the Friendswood lead to 7-0 with an RBI single.

Ball High got a run in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 7-1, but the Lady Mustangs more than answered in the top of the fifth with four more runs courtesy of a grand slam by Esparza.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Maddie Wilson singled, Adi was hit by a pitch and Yarotsky singled to load the bases, and then Esparza’s second long-ball of the night gave Friendswood an 11-1 lead.

Ball High scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to avoid being run-ruled to make the score 11-2. But Friendswood put the dagger in their heart in the top of the sixth with two more runs to make the final score 13-2.

In the top of the sixth, Adi produced one-out RBI single driving in Jones (leadoff walk) and later in the inning scored on an error.

In addition to Adi’s and Esparza’s big nights, Yarotsky (2-for-4, two runs) had a multi-hit night.