TEXARKANA — Lexi Snyder had a career-high 15 strikeouts as the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks dominated the Liberty-Eylau Leopards 11-4 for their first district win Wednesday night.
Snyder, who spent time with coach Becca Collom to spot her pitches better, allowed six hits and four runs as the Lady Hawks took care of their cross-town rivals.
“I thought she did a good job, too, adjusting to the strike zone,” Collom said. “Obviously they had a couple here and there. It’s going to happen. She did a good job containing that and spotting them up.”
Snyder wasn’t the only Lady Hawk whose hard work paid off in the district win. Annalise Lindsey had a big night with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth that broke the 1-1 tie.
“The last probably two, three games, she’s been having really good hard contact, really good at-bats,” said Collom. “Against Benton she had that 18-pitch — it was probably 10 balls after two strikes. She’s been coming along. She’s had good at-bats, hard contacts, and we’ve been talking it’s going to fall for her.”
Lindsey was 2-4 with three RBI on the evening.
Abby Runion was 2-3 at the plate. Adi Koeller had a productive evening going 3-4 with three singles and two stolen bases. Mackenzie Williams was 1-23 with two walks, and Presley Humphrey was 1-3.
“I was much more pleased with the adjustments that we made,” Collom said. “Obviously starting on Friday they didn’t start the cleanest, but I thought they did a good job all the way around, the boxes we talked about checking off tonight: cleaning up the base-running, cleaning up the defensive miscues that we had, the communication, the energy in the dugout. All those things they checked those off and made the necessary adjustments to obviously allow a more favorable outcome.”
The Lady Hawks go on the road Friday to take on Pittsburg.