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Softball: Maidens open Rose City Classic by going 1-1

Feb. 29—TYLER — Jacksonville went 1-1 on a chilly Thursday morning to open its three-day run in the Rose City Classic.

The Maidens lost a 6-4 decision to Mabank in its opener, but bounced back to shutout Brownsboro, 10-0 (3 innings) to salvage the day.

With the game tied, 2-2, Mabank sent three runners in to score in the top of the third inning, which turned out to be the difference in the game,

Chesni Speaker had two its in two official trips to the plate and drove in two runs for the Maidens and Hannah Gonzales went 2-2 at the dish.

Jasmine Gallegos smacked a double and had an RBI for Jacksonville while Ana Miles was credited with a RBI.

Gallegos pitched a complete game and was the hard luck — the Maidens made five errors behind Gallegos — loser in the circle. She gave up one earned off of seven hits, fanned three and didn't issue any free passes.

In the victory over Brownsboro, Gallegos went 2-3, which included a two-run homer, her third of the week, as well as a double that brought two Maidens in to score.

Kendi Canady stroked a RBI double as a part of a 2-2 and two RBI game, while Mahayla Sotelo doubled and brought in a run.

Gonzalez singled and collected a pair of RBI.

Ryan Demi Ramirez, the Maidens' lead-off hitter, punched out a double.

The Maiden defense played much better against the Lady Bears and committed only one miscue.

The winning pitcher was Gonzales. She pitched three innings and didn't give up a hit while fanning four and not walking a batter.

The tournament will run through Saturday.