Temple freshman Bryanna Salas hopped around first base after a low-soaring line drive carried over the right-field fence for her solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Salas’ Tem-Cats teammates poured out of the dugout and greeted her at home plate.
They had been waiting for such a moment to erupt in boisterous cheer. However, Waco University pitcher Destiny Guerra left little room to do much of that Tuesday night.
The right-handed hurler didn’t allow a hit until Anysia Jones’ bunt single in the sixth and struck out eight in University’s 4-1 victory over the Tem-Cats in the teams’ District 18-5A opener at Tem-Cat Field.
“I give props to the pitcher. She was spinning the ball really well,” said Temple sophomore Makenna Holland, who took the loss in the circle. “Losing has an impact on us and makes us stronger as a team. It makes our bond closer. It’s going to make us work even harder to get these wins.”
Guerra needed just 81 pitches to lift her squad to 10-3 on the season, never facing more than four batters in an inning. Temple (5-9) had two baserunners reach second — aside from Salas, who got to pass by it on her home run trot — but no further.