Lampasas took a step backward last season. 

After four consecutive trips to the playoffs, including back-to-back runs to the regional semifinals, the Lady Badgers’ streak of success came to an end in 2013. Lampasas finished the season with an overall record of 8-19, losing eight of its 10 District 8-3A games.

This year, the Lady Badgers hope to rebound.

Second-year head coach Cassie Crabtree has spent a full season and offseason implementing her philosophy and has plenty of returning players to support her system.

Six Lady Badgers are back, including Lampasas’ lone senior Alex Caruthers and juniors Tori Caruthers, Marissa Maldonado and Blake Webb, along with Alyssa Maldonado and Ariana Wilkinson.

The Maldonado sisters were the only Lady Badgers to earn all-district first-team recognition in 2013, though.

Older sister Marissa, a third baseman, finished district play last season with 20 hits and 10 RBIs to go along with 10 runs scored, while then-freshman shortstop Alyssa had a team-high 27 hits with 23 runs and a .342 batting average.

Webb and Tori Caruthers each landed on the all-district second team.

Crabtree took over the program when Rusty Erwin departed for A&M Consolidated in 2012 following a 52-22 run in two seasons with the Lady Badgers. Prior to arriving at Lampasas.

Crabtree spent time coaching collegiately at UT-Tyler, where she finished the 2010 season ranked in the top 10, and at UT-Dallas.

The Lady Badgers split their first two games of the 2014 season, but are coming off a decisive 26-0 victory at Granger on Friday. Highlighted by a 12-run first inning, Lampasas was never threatened, winning via run rule following three innings.

Lampasas looks to continue its impressive play tonight at Robinson before opening the Waco tournament Thursday.

The Lady Badgers start district play March 14 at home against Gatesville.

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