Funny that a local newspaper web site should list Rachel Rodriguez incorrectly as "Roxanne" hours after the Lady Jags finished their 2011 softball season with a home game versus North Thursday. Because the sophomore third baseman got a pair of hits in a 14-4 loss, including her first home run, and Roxanne will be proud to hear it.

After sending an absolute rocket shot out over the wall in center field, Rodriguez noted that now she can call her sister Roxanne and let her know that she has done what was asked of her.

"She's always calling me and saying, "You got to hit a home run," said the solidly built infielder, whose older sister was a multi-sport star for Econ and is now playing college softball. "So I can't wait to tell her the news. The first time we played North I didn't do anything, so I came out here tonight to change that."

The news has been tough for the Lady Jags this year, as they went winless in District 31-5A play. But there have been some bright spots, including the fine all-around play of Rodriguez, who has a strong arm and a trusty glove at the hot corner to go with quick hands at the plate. For a while in the middle innings Thursday, the Orange looked like the ball club Coach Lonnie Garza had hoped to see more of this spring.

The Lady Coogs (12-2, 25-6) touched starter Tori Rendon for six runs and a 6-0 lead at the end of three, but with shortstop Leah Lopez handling several solid chances and Rendon settling in, the complexion changed somewhat.

As the North girls struggled with focus, the Lady Jags came on, with base hits from Maddy Rendon and Rodriguez to start the bottom of the fourth. Then veteran outfielder Bobbi Medrano slammed a long double to the gap in left-center to plate a pair.

From there, however, Lady Coog hurler Annie Badillo responded with a push, and she would eventually fan 12 on the night, a season high. Her teammates erupted for seven markers in the sixth to put it away, led by a home run off the bat of Victoria Cardenas, her fourth. Senior stars Claire Garcia and Cynthia Granado drove in a combined six runs with six hits and the club cruised to the win.

But not before Rodriguez sent the home crowd and her teammates in the dugout into squeals of happiness in the last inning, powdering one that left the park in a hurry.

"It looked fat, like a watermelon should!" joked Rodriguez, after giving the Lady Jags something to remember at the conclusion of a trying campaign. "I have been waiting for that one...now, I have to call my sister."

NOTES: The Lady Coogs have slugged 11 homers in 2011, a program record.

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Funny that a local newspaper web site should list Rachel Rodriguez incorrectly as “Roxanne” hours after the Lady Jags finished their 2011 softball season with a home game versus North Thursday. Because the sophomore third baseman got a pair of hits in a 14-4 loss, including her first home run, and Roxanne will be proud to hear it.

After sending an absolute rocket shot out over the wall in center field, Rodriguez noted that now she can call her sister Roxanne and let her know that she has done what was asked of her.

“She’s always calling me and saying, “You got to hit a home run,” said the solidly built infielder, whose older sister was a multi-sport star for Econ and is now playing college softball. “So I can’t wait to tell her the news. The first time we played North I didn’t do anything, so I came out here tonight to change that.”

The news has been tough for the Lady Jags this year, as they went winless in District 31-5A play. But there have been some bright spots, including the fine all-around play of Rodriguez, who has a strong arm and a trusty glove at the hot corner to go with quick hands at the plate. For a while in the middle innings Thursday, the Orange looked like the ball club Coach Lonnie Garza had hoped to see more of this spring.

The Lady Coogs (12-2, 25-6) touched starter Tori Rendon for six runs and a 6-0 lead at the end of three, but with shortstop Leah Lopez handling several solid chances and Rendon settling in, the complexion changed somewhat.

As the North girls struggled with focus, the Lady Jags came on, with base hits from Maddy Rendon and Rodriguez to start the bottom of the fourth. Then veteran outfielder Bobbi Medrano slammed a long double to the gap in left-center to plate a pair.

From there, however, Lady Coog hurler Annie Badillo responded with a push, and she would eventually fan 12 on the night, a season high. Her teammates erupted for seven markers in the sixth to put it away, led by a home run off the bat of Victoria Cardenas, her fourth. Senior stars Claire Garcia and Cynthia Granado drove in a combined six runs with six hits and the club cruised to the win.

But not before Rodriguez sent the home crowd and her teammates in the dugout into squeals of happiness in the last inning, powdering one that left the park in a hurry.

“It looked fat, like a watermelon should!” joked Rodriguez, after giving the Lady Jags something to remember at the conclusion of a trying campaign. “I have been waiting for that one…now, I have to call my sister.”

NOTES: The Lady Coogs have slugged 11 homers in 2011, a program record.

EHS defeated South 4-2 Friday to clinch the district title, and the Lady Bobcats now prepare for Hanna in bi-district riding an 11-game winning streak.