Go home!

RFHS assistant softball coach Mark Jeffery signals for Jade Gonzalez to run home as she rounds third base.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate softball team run-ruled the Ingleside Lady Mustangs 12-2 in the fifth inning Friday, March 13. RFHS played its game just a few hours after learning their next four district games had been postponed by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to help control the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

As of press deadline Monday, March 16, the UIL is still postponing all athletic competition until Monday, March 29; this was known the same day as RFHS’ game against Ingleside. Since then, the UIL has additionally postponed all sanctioned rehearsals, practices and workouts in within the same timeframe; the UIL initially gave schools the discretion in when to host practices before postponing all activity outright.

RFHS currently sits at a tie for first place with Sinton in District 31-4A. Both teams hold 3-0 district records.

RFHS Head Softball Coach Melissa Reyes said the girls came out and played as if it were their last of the season.

“We had already heard the news of the postponement and we just decided to come out and give it everything we had tonight,” said Reyes.

The Lady Pirates accounted for 10 hits and forced seven errors against Ingleside.

Siarah Galvan was the winning pitcher, throwing seven strikeouts.

Jade Gonzalez made the hit of the night on a three-run double with two outs in the fourth inning. Gonzalez’ hit put RFHS in position to run-rule Ingleside. RFHS then needed only two more runs in the fifth inning to seal the victory.

After the UIL’s suspension of competition until Monday, March 29 it is unknown whether RFHS’ district season will continue from where it left off, or continue its set schedule without playing the games missed due to suspension.

Until the UIL makes another announcement, RFHS’ next game at time of press deadline is unknown.

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