There was nothing easy about Liberty-Eylau’s dramatic 5-2 win over Pleasant Grove’s softball team Tuesday at the Lady Hawks’ field.
Both teams were hitting the ball hard, combining for 15 hits in the first four innings. Savannah Phelps’ run-scoring double in the fourth put L-E on top for good at 2-1.
That’s the way the score stayed until the seventh when the Leopards scored three runs. Kayla and Keeley Norris singled to start the seventh, and promptly moved up on stolen bases. Three batters later it was 5-1.
Pleasant Grove did not quit. The Hawks scored a run in their half of the seventh, and had the potential tying run at the plate when the game ended.
“We’ve got a bunch of fighters on this team,” said L-E coach Kendra Cullum. “This is a crosstown rivalry, and I couldn’t be more proud of the girls right now. We continue to put Isabella (Gunderson) in tough situations, and she continues to pitch through them. It’s awesome watching her hit her spots.”
Phelps, Keeley Norris, Tamara Norris, McKenzie Williamson and Tyra Venable had two hits each for L-E. Kaylee Kelley, Emilton Hilton and Zoe Smith had two hits each for Pleasant Grove.
L-E boys score dramatic win over Pirates
It appeared Blake Carter’s brilliant relief performance on the mound was going unrewarded with Liberty-Eylau trailing Pittsburg 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth.
However, the Leopards would record their second win in District 15-4A with two runs in the sixth, three in the seventh to tie, and one in the eighth for a 6-5 victory.
“It’s cliche’, but we showed a lot of heart tonight,” said L-E coach Rick Fowler. “We never gave up, and kept believing in ourselves. Good things happened at the end of the game for us, and it has been a long time coming. Carter did one heck’uva job, but he’s been doing it the past two years. If we play defense behind him, Blake gives us a chance to win.”
The Leopards only had four hits in the game, none bigger than Ethan Brooks’ 2-run single in the seventh.
Drew Lankford walked to start L-E’s eighth, moving up on Carter’s sacrifice bunt. Lankford raced home when Gage Stanley hard grounder to shortstop skipped past the Pirates’ infielder into left field.
Marzavian Riles and Matthew O’Neal also had hits for the Leopards.
Tigers rally past Lindale on Radney’s hit
Cameron Radney’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning brought home the winning run Tuesday night, completing Texas High’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Lindale at Tiger Field.
The Tigers, 3-1 in District 15-5A play, trailed 3-0 through five innings before plating two runs in each of the fifth and sixth.
Chris Lyles started the two-out, nobody-on rally with his second hit of the game, reaching third base on a wild pitch and passed ball, before sophomore catcher Jackson Halter dropped a single into left field to tie the game.
After another wild pitch and an intentional walk, Radney hit the first pitch he saw over the second baseman’s head, scoring pinch-runner Conner Allen with the winning run.
Until the senior heroics by Radney and Lyles, it was underclassmen that stood out in the Tiger rally. Sophomore DH Ben DePriest and freshman left fielder Luke Smith delivered run-scoring hits in the bottom of the sixth to pull Texas High to within a run.
Lindale (11-4, 2-2) scored all its runs in the third inning against starter Michael Sikorski, who went six innings for the Tigers. Chris Sutton picked up the win with a scoreless seventh, striking out two of the four batters he faced.
Texas High travels to Sulphur Springs Friday to finish the first round of district play.
Hawks run-rule North Lamar, 10-0
Pleasant Grove paraded 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, and the Hawks scored seven runs on their way to a 10-0 win over North Lamar.
The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule. The Hawks stand alone in first place with a 3-0 record in District 15-4A. PG is 12-4 overall, and will be back in action Friday at Liberty-Eylau.
Andrew LeGrand had two 2-run singles to lead the Hawks at the plate. Ryan Galvan had a double, while Jackson Cobb, Seth Hopkins, Marshall Cox and Parker Twisdale contributed run-scoring singles.
North Lamar pitchers walked six and hit four PG batters, while the Hawks’ Nick Voyles yielded two hits and struck out five in 3.2 innings. Marshall Oubre got the final four outs, striking out two.
Atlanta blanks Cass County rival Bulldogs
QUEEN CITY, Texas – Atlanta banged out 12 hits Tuesday night en route to its district win over Cass County rival Queen City, 8-0.
The Rabbs broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh. Kade Wood, Jake Thompson, Max Ebarb and Cooper McClure drove in Atlanta’s final runs.
Kelby Smith led Atlanta at the plate with three hits. Thompson, Jackson Warren and Andy Samples had two hits each.
Jordan Wiley had two hits for the Bulldogs.