Harker Heights infielder Alex Roques had been waiting for a day like this for awhile.
After most games this season have been played in cold weather, Roques was ready for warm weather and for the Lady Knight bats to heat up, too.
She got both on Monday as Heights cruised past the Shoemaker Lady Grey Wolves 15-4 and earned another District 8-5A win.
“These warm games are a blast; it feels good not to be freezing in a dugout,” Roques said.
The game ended after the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule. Heights upped its record in district play to 2-2 while Shoemaker fell to 1-3.
Roques went 2 for 2 with an RBI double in the second while starting pitcher Sierra Warren went 2 for 3 with an RBI triple.
With the game played on a Monday, due to spring break, both squads needed to change from their normal game routine of Tuesday and Friday nights.
“This is like a tournament,” Heights head coach Jaime Stephens said.
“We’ve played tournaments during the day so that is what you have to look at it like.”
With temperatures in the low-70s and a slight wind, the Lady Knights bats came alive in the top of the first inning with four early runs.
Although Shoemaker was able to put up some offense of its own, the Lady Wolves weren’t quite able to string together a big inning the way the Lady Knights did.
Estefania Rosario got Shoemaker on the board by bringing home Laryn Brinkman on an infield error in the bottom of the first to cut Heights’ lead to 4-2.
But from then on it was a struggle for the Lady Wolves to get runs across the plate.
Shoemaker batters got six hits in the second through fourth innings off Warren, but stranded five batters in that time. Three of the runners stranded were in scoring position.
“We have to get better at finishing what we started,” Shoemaker head coach Alisha Hobson said. “We started well, but didn’t finish.”
Rosario had a single to right in the second to give her a 1 for 2 day with an RBI and two runs scored. Marissa Franklin had a strong game for Shoemaker going 1 for 2 with an RBI single hitting from the No. 9 spot in the lineup.
Roques got her RBI double in the top of the second, scoring Gillian Pons. Julia Sholes later scored in the second on a wild pitch that made it 6-2 Heights.
Maygan Sinner added an RBI in the top of the fifth and Warren capped the scoring with a two-run triple later in the inning.
“We didn’t come out ready, but it feels good to know that our team can pick each other up and win a game like that,” Roques said.
“As long as we’re hitting the ball, doing what we need to do and scoring runs, we should be where we need to be as far as being competitive with each team,” Stephens said.
Warren finished the day in the pitchers’ circle by striking out seven Lady Wolves and allowing six hits and four earned runs in five innings of work.
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