By Nick Talbot and Kevin Posival
Harker Heights Herald
One game after being shutout by Belton, but perhaps playing one of their best games of the season, the Harker Heights bats went off.
Up 8-3 going into the fifth inning, the Harker Heights Lady Knights used an eight-run seventh inning to all but put away Ellison and halt a nine-game losing streak with the 16-4 win.
Heights' No. 9 hitter, Brianna Smith, went 3-for-3, while four other Lady Knights (7-13, 1-3 12-5A) tallied two hits each.
Harker Heights pounded out 14 hits.
Smith, Harley Fine (2-for-4) and Ashlyn Osborne (2-for-5) each drove in three runs and Osborne launched a home run.
Kayla Hansen was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Alyssa Castro went 2-for-2 with a walk and RBI for Ellison (5-16-1, 0-4). Stevonia Hill and Felicia Camargo each scored twice.
Belton 3, Heights 0 - Belton's Allison Boston was overpowering, striking out 12 batters. Harker Heights' Christina Hagey was consistent, relied on her defense and worked the corners of the plate.
Both were effective. But power won.
Boston led the Lady Tigers to a 3-0 victory Monday afternoon over the Lady Knights at Harker Heights.
"I think that was one of the best games we have played them since I have been there," said Heights coach Jaime Stephens. "But, when you get runners on, you have to move them around. We were not being real selective at the plate, but we certainly can't look at strike three either."
Despite, the lack of timely hits by Belton, they got just enough offense to win - mostly because of Boston, who did not walk a batter and scattered just four hits.
The biggest threat was in the fifth, after Ashley Haden singled and then stole second base. However, Boston struck out the next two batters.
Meanwhile, Hagey only surrendered six hits, but three came in the seventh, where the Lady Tigers plated two runs.
And in the sixth, Hagey's control and the Knights defense let her down. Ashely Bucher led off the inning with a walk and then Heights second baseman Britney Hawkins squeezed the ball when she covered the bag at first on a bunt and shortstop Ashlyn Osborne got gobbled up on a single up the middle.
Osborne, who also had Heights' lone extra-base hit of the day, made up for the error moments later when she snagged a sharply hit line drive and tagged third for a double play.
Belton 13, Shoemaker 3 - Belton took advantage of seven Shoemaker errors to run-rule the Lady Grey Wolves, 13-3, in six innings at Belton.
Shoemaker (6-15, 2-2) had three errors in the first two innings, but looked as if it was about to right the ship when Brianna Davis and Katie Quinn had back-to-back hits to score a two-out run in the top of the third inning.
Amber Peters was 3-for-5 with two RBI and falling just a home run short of hitting for the cycle. In addition to her sixth-inning double, she tripled in the second and singled in the fourth. Bishoff was 2-for-4 with a double and Bucher went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double in the second.
Boston, pitching for the second straight day, struck out seven and allowed two earned runs on six hits.
"Boston was sore but obviously didn't have much trouble in this game," Blackburn said. "It's one of those things where you don't like to pitch them back-to-back days (but) she's going to get about a week's rest before her next start so I'm pretty sure she'll be fresh for that one."
Salado goes 3-2 at Pilot Point - Sheyenne Hicks went 4-for-4 and drove in five runs as Salado defeated Bridgeport 12-0 at the Pilot Point Spring Break Tournament. Kori Norman and Reagan Best were also perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 and 3-for-3 respectively.
Kristie McGillick (1-0) picked up the win for the Lady Eagles (11-6), who lost to Arlington Martin 10-1 earlier in the day. Morgan Hill doubled and scored the only run for Salado.
Behind a perfect 8-for-8 performance from Kaitlyn Moseley, Salado pounded out 29 runs on Day 1 of the tournament
Salado opened the tournament with a 10-1 win over Arlington Bowie as Camryn Bintz, Kori Norman, Sheyenne Hicks, Moseley and Rachel Piatt all had multi-hit games for the Lady Eagles.
Hicks added three RBIs, including a two-run double, and Moseley, who also picked up the win, had a single, double and triple in the four-inning game. Salado lost its second game to Pampa 12-5, but Lorna Payne hit a three-run homer.