PARIS, Texas – Texas High (19-11) wasn’t intimidated Tuesday at Paris Chisum against powerhouse Forney (30-2), however, the Lady Tigers still lost their 5A area playoff opener, 4-1.
The state-ranked Lady Jackets managed only six hits off losing pitcher Lindsey Egger, who walked one and struck out six.
The game was scoreless until the sixth when Forney pushed across three runs on three hits and the Lady Tigers’ first fielding mistake.
Texas High only had a bunt single by Ashanti Northcross until the seventh. That’s when Lauren Allred and Kaitlyn Cross accounted for the Tigers’ only run on two hard hits.
Winning pitcher Savannah Desrochers had two of those hits, and was overpowering in the circle. She allowed three hits and struck out 15. Carleigh Cross also had two hits for Forney.
“We’re playing a pretty good team,” said THS coach Robbie Hatfield. “We made a couple of errors that cost us, but we did a really good job against a good team. You’ve got tip your hat to their pitcher. She’s pretty good.
“We’ve got our work cut out to try and get back even. If they throw that same girl we’ve got to find a way to put the ball in play. You can’t strike out fifteen times and expect to score many runs. They’ve got another real good pitcher, so I don’t know if we’ll see that girl or not.”
The best-of-three series continues Thursday at Chisum High School, weather permitting. The winner of the series advances to the Region II-5A quarterfinals against Mount Pleasant or Joshua.
Razorbacks pound Lake Hamilton, 9-1
PEARCY, Ark. – Braylon Bishop got a rare start on the mound for Arkansas High Tuesday and pitched a gem against Lake Hamilton.
The Razorbacks’ sophomore left-hander allowed one hit in six innings and struck out 11 to lead AHS past the Wolves, 9-1. Bishop also had two hits. Drake Browning pitched the seventh and struck out two. Browning had a double and scored two runs.
Floyd Hill led Arkansas High (14-7, 9-5) at the plate with a 4-4 performance. Jackson Harris had three hits, scored two runs and drove in three. Logan Rhinehart had a run-scoring single.
Conner Cheek had Lake Hamilton’s (7-14, 4-9) only hit, and scored the Wolves’ only run in the fifth.