Liberty-Eylau’s softball team is playoff bound, and the Leopards’ baseball team is close.
Senior Isabella Gunderson faced adversity early, but shut out Pleasant Grove afterwards in pitching the Lady Leopards to a 12-2 victory Friday at H.E. Markham Park.
It was similar across the road where L-E whipped North Lamar, 10-4, behind the crafty pitching of junior Ben Witterstaetter.
“This win puts us in second place (District 15-4A) at 4-2,” said L-E coach Kendra Cullum. “If Pittsburg wins out they can still tie us.
“The biggest thing is that our bats have been relatively quiet this year, and I’ve put a lot of pressure on our hitters. We worked a lot on our hitting this week. I’m so proud of how the girls took that work and brought onto the field. Hopefully, we can keep that going.”
The Lady Hawks captured a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Bre Jones smashed a home run. Gunderson allowed only two hits and blanked PG the next four innings.
L-E scored two quick runs in the bottom half of the inning without touching the ball. A walk and hit batsman gave the Leopards two runners, and both scored on a errant pickoff attempt.
Gunderson got all the offensive support she would need from McKenzye Williamson. The Leopards’ first baseman had three doubles and drove in five runs, including the final two that ended the game in the fifth with two outs.
Kayla Norris had a triple and single, scoring three runs and stealing three bases. She was also outstanding at shortstop. Lila Pegue drove home two runs with two hits, and Keeley Norris contributed a single, three stolen bases and scored three runs.
L-E plays opportunistic baseball
Witterstaetter only walked two and struck out seven in holding North Lamar to one earned run.
L-E improves to 4-4 in district, with two games left against Pittsburg, and two against Pleasant Grove.
“Our first goal is to clinch a playoff berth, and I think we can do that if we take care of Pittsburg,” said L-E coach Zach Fowler. “We’re now two games up on North Lamar, but if we don’t win they’ve got a tie-breaker. I think we’re in good shape. This was a big win tonight.”
Blake Carter and Gage Stanley led the Leopards’ offense Friday with two singles each.
Razorbacks handle Lake Hamilton
Arkansas High broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the fourth inning at Razorback Field, and coasted from there to an 8-2 win in a key conference game Friday.
Graydon Martin and Jackson Harris drove in two runs each, with Martin and Drake Browning contributing two hits each. Braylon Bishop, Browning and Logan Rhinehart scored two runs each.
Junior Cody Adcock went the distance for the pitching win despite not having his best stuff. He scattered nine hits, while walking four and striking out four.
Rabbs power past Paul Pewitt
ATLANTA, Texas – Atlanta banged out 12 hits Friday, scoring six runs in the fourth inning on its way to a 15-1 victory over Paul Pewitt.
The Rabbs claimed an early lead thanks to a double by Andy Samples. Samples, Jake Thompson, Max Ebarb and Hunter Allen drove in runs during the fourth inning explosion. Thompson was also the winning pitcher, allowing two hits.
Allen and Ebarb led the Atlanta batters with two hits each.
Tigers prevail in Royse City, 5-1
ROYSE CITY, Texas – Rian Cellers and Chris Sutton pitched Texas High to a 5-1 win Friday night, and series sweep of Royse City.
The Tigers improve to 15-7 overall, and 8-1 in District 15-5A.
Celler pitched the first five innings, allowing one hit and striking out eight. Sutton went the final two frames, yielding one hit and striking out three.
Cellers also contributed a double at the plate, while Sutton and Chris Lyles had one single each.
Egger pitches gem for Lady Tigers
GREENVILLE, Texas – Lindsey Egger was dominating Friday with a three-hitter and 14 strikeouts in leading Texas High past Greenville, 9-2.
The Lady Tigers blew the game open with five runs in the fourth inning. Alexis Bolden, Alex Reed, Bailey Groom and Lauren Allred had run-scoring hits in the inning.
Kaitlyn Cross doubled and scored in the first inning to give THS an early lead.
Allred led the Tigers with three hits. Kylie Spriggs, Cross and Ashanti Northcross had two hits each.
Texas High is now 3-3 in District 15-5A.
Garret Memorial tops Lady Warriors
Trinity Christian tumbled to Hope’s Garret Memorial Friday at the Lady Warriors’ field, 15-5.
Sierra Cooper had a double and single for Trinity, driving in one run. Samantha Chandler also had a run-scoring single.