MABTON - The bats came alive for the Mabton fastpitch softball team, but the defense struggled in a 14-8 non-league loss to Granger last night.
"We had a few fundamental errors," Coach Jesus Sustaita said of the Lady Vikes' six errors. "Simple things like missing a ground ball, and it hurt us."
The visiting Spartans benefited to the tune of seven unearned runs for the game, including the first six they scored to post a 6-0 lead after three innings.
Mabton (1-1, 3-3) rebounded with two runs each in the fourth and sixth innings, but the Lady Vikings faltered on the mound in the top of the sixth to surrender five runs, all earned.
Granger added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to go up 14-4. The game may have been out of reach, but the Lady Vikings closed with a bang with a four-run seventh inning.
"We finished the night strong with four runs in the seventh," Sustaita observed. "The girls did a great job of finishing and keeping their head up."
Alida Mendez (2-for-2), Jessica Orozco (2-for-4) and Anna Jimenez (4-for-4) sparked Mabton at the plate. Each knocked in a run during the Lady Vikings' seventh inning rally.
Sustaita said defense will be the focus of Mabton's practices in the lead up for next Tuesday's league game at LaSalle.
"We'll just have to work on that, hopefully we can get it straightened out by Tuesday."
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MA 000 202 4 8-9-6