ANNA — Just over three weeks ago, Aubrey star Laney Roos threw a no-hitter and the Lady Chaparrals’ potent offense tagged Melissa pitcher Alexis Pevehouse for four runs in what turned out to be a rout of the Lady Cardinals in the regular-season finale.
However, Melissa got a chance for revenge on Friday night at Coyote Softball Stadium.
During a cold and rainy Game 1 of a best-of-three series in the Class 4A regional quarterfinal round, Pevehouse recorded 14 strikeouts and finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs at the plate to lead the Lady Cardinals to an 8-4 victory over No. 2 Aubrey, snapping the Lady Chaparrals’ 22-game unbeaten streak.
Pevehouse, an Arkansas-Monticello commit, scored the first run of the game on a passed ball and finished the night with two doubles and a solo home run in the sixth inning that put the nail in the coffin of the Melissa win.
“Last year, when we beat them in district, [Pevehouse] had 13 strikeouts,” Melissa coach Eric Rodgers said. “To know that she upped that performance by one is awesome. She’s been solid for us all year, and what she did at the plate tonight was huge.”
Savannah Rodriguez also had an effective night at the plate for Melissa, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Roos gave up eight runs and walked seven batters while striking out six. The eight runs are the most Aubrey (24-2-2) has allowed in a game since its only other loss on the season — a 9-0 loss to Eastland in tournament play on Feb. 22.
The Lady Chaparrals’ offense managed just four hits while stranding seven runners on base. Lexie Roos highlighted the night for Aubrey with a two-run homer in the seventh, while Lauren Trott finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
“That is the playoffs,” Aubrey coach Shon Ranton said. “They’re a good team. [Pevehouse] pitched great and we sure didn’t help ourselves with our batting, but you have to give credit to her. She pitched pretty stinking good. It just wasn’t our day.”
Ranton said the Lady Chaps must have a short-term memory and forget the loss, as the teams return to Anna at 4 p.m. Saturday for Game 2. Game 3, if necessary, will follow 30 minutes later.
“I told them that there’s a starting point and ending point,” Ranton said. “As long as we’re not at the ending point yet, then we’ve got a chance. We’ve got to come back tomorrow and play better.”
Melissa 8, Aubrey 4
Aubrey 000 110 2 — 4 4 1
Melissa 102 401 X — 8 6 0
WP – Alexis Pevehouse; LP – Laney Roos; HR – Alexis Pevehouse (Melissa), Lexie Roos (Aubrey); 3B – Emma Spears (Aubrey); 2B – Alexis Pevehouse (2) (Melissa), Savannah Rodriguez (Melissa).