Friday night’s District 24-5A contest was important for many reasons. The Lady Mustangs were battling for a playoff spot against the crosstown rivals Terry in the Battle of the ’Berg, but on top of that it was senior night.
More specifically, it was “Shenita Night.”
The Lady Mustangs had one senior to honor: outfielder Shenita Tucker.
Tucker didn’t disappoint in her final game at Mustang Field, going 3-for-4 at the plate in a 12-2 victory.
“Tonight was all about (Shenita),” Lamar Consolidated head coach Noah Cardenas said. “Her legacy here is already set. I’m proud I was able to coach her for one year.”
Tucker smacked two doubles, a triple, scored twice and drove in two runs in Friday’s game that was moved up to a 5 p.m. start due to rain all last week.
The Lady Mustangs led 7-0 after the first two innings. Tucker opened the bottom of the first with a triple and a handful of Terry errors led to a 2-0 lead for Lamar. Holly Lock scored on a ground by Morgyn Sheridan to make it 3-0.
Three straight doubles from Tucker, Rachel Mey and Holly Lock made it 6-0 before Ramos collected an RBI single to make 7-0.
Terry started to chip away at the Lady Mustangs’ lead in the third inning. Giselle Villarreal collected a one-out walk before Bianca Hernandez hit a line drive to center for a triple. An error allowed another run to score to make it 7-2.
The first five batters reached base for Lamar in the bottom of the third with the rain starting up again in Rosenberg. Hope Lock opened with a single before four straight doubles by Nazzy Brooks, Alysha Langsam, Kylie Brooks and Tucker.
Villarreal was able to make a slick play at shortstop to help limit the Lamar rally, snagging a grounder by Mey, tagging Tucker advancing to third and throwing to first for the second out.
The rain limited both teams’ ability to get more runs in the fourth and fifth inning.
Terry was able to load the bases with walks in the fifth, but Holly Lock struck out the next two batters he faced.
Mey ended the game by run-rule with a lead-off single in the bottom of the sixth, before stealing second and moving to third on a bunt by Holly Lock. An errant throw to first base allowed the winning run to score.
The Lady Mustangs improved to 11-13 overall and 6-4 in District 24-5A, Lamar will play Marshall on the road Tuesday. The Lady Mustangs are a winning streak after beating Fulshear and Terry this past week.
“I think the expectations have risen from where we were in our first game against Terry,” Cardenas said. “We raised the bar a little to Fulshear and they came through. I can’t be any more happy. Now we need to focus on the little things and finishing games.”
Terry drops to 14-16 overall and 4-9 in district play.