The Maxwell Lady Panthers hosted their annual tournament last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, welcoming eight teams: Williams, Modoc, Greenville, Mercy, Esparto, Fall River, Woodland Christian, and Biggs.
Maxwell opened up against their rival Williams on Thursday for their first game of the tournament. Williams Estefania Bermudez opened up with a strike-out on Maxwell’s Laynee Haywood and continued the pace holding the Lady Panthers to just two. Maxwell’s pitcher, Jasmine Atencio, answered right back with two Lady Jacket strikeouts and no runs. But Williams would falter in the second inning, plagued with pitching troubles, giving up seven runs to Maxwell’s bats for a 9-0 Panther lead. Even with a scoreless third inning, Williams never recovered and Maxwell went on to shut the Lady Jackets out 11-0.
With the loss to Maxwell, Williams met up with Biggs for round two of game action. Crucial plays by Williams’ third base by Jovanna Hernandez allowed the Lady Jackets to hold the Wolverines to just two runs. But again, Williams faced problems on the mound and found themselves shut out a second time with a 10-0 loss to end the day.
“This team is young but has the potential to be a contender once league play starts,” said head coach, Kristi Hill.
Back on the field on Friday, Maxwell found themselves in a much different scenario from the prior day’s game play, succumbing to all three teams: Esparto 8-5, Mercy 11-2, and Modoc 14-5.
Williams matched up with Fall River, and finally placed a run on the scoreboard, but suffered yet another loss, 11-1. Back at it early Saturday morning, Williams faced the predicted tournament winner, Woodland Christian. The Lady Jackets scored the most runs out of any team at the tournament against the Cardinals, but went on to lose in a 8-4 final score.
Ninth seeded Williams played for a sixth place tournament finish against sixth seeded Mercy, but fell short with a 7-1 final score. Jovanna Hernandez was selected as Williams’ MVP of the tournament.
Fifth seeded Maxwell played for fifth place against eighth seeded Greenville, but lost with a final score 14-4. Jasmine Atencio and Laynee Haywood were selected for All Tourney. ■