Lindsey Egger wasn’t fazed when Royse City scored a first inning run Monday night at Texas High.
Egger, who shut out Royse City earlier this season, allowed only two hits after the opening frame, and kept the Lady Dawgs off the scoreboard. That effort enabled Texas High (16-9, 5-3) to escape with a 2-1 win.
“They (Royse City) were right behind us in the standings so this is a big win,” said Tiger mentor Robbie Hatfield. “Still, we’ve got two games left, and we’ve got to make sure we keep playing like we have the last two or three games.
“Lindsey mixed her pitches up and had them off balance. We were getting a lot of ground balls and popups. This make two 2-1 games we’ve won this past week. I’m just proud of the girls, because they’re hanging in there. We’re only one game out of second place, and two out of first. You just never know what’s going to happen.
Texas High scored its two runs in the fourth, after having only one hit the first three innings off losing pitcher Abby Thomas.
Lauren Allred lined an opposite-field single to left, followed by a single by Kaitlyn Cross. Both runners moved up on Kylee Spriggs’ grounder to shortstop. Alex Reed then delivered a clutch hit to left-center, scoring both runners.
Bailey Groom had the Tigers’ other hit.
Egger dominated with nine strikeouts
Royse City (19-9, 2-6) never had a serious threat after the first inning. Egger dominated the bottom half of the Bulldogs’ lineup, finishing with nine strikeouts.
A strong wind blew from left to the right field corner, which was no help for the right-handed batters. Vanessa Perez hit a long drive that was chased down and caught in front of the fence.
“That ball jumped off the bat,” said Hatfield. “It got sucked up by the wind, or it might have been out.”
Both teams played well defensively. Texas High made no mistakes, while Royse City had one throwing error.
The Tigers journey to Lindale Tuesday, a team that rallied from a 7-1 deficit to beat Texas High, 8-7, two weeks ago. Texas High’s regular season ends Thursday at home against Sulphur Springs.
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