Score one for the freshman. Belton freshman Sidney Holman and Temple’s Lexi Smith faced off in a classic pitcher’s duel at packed Tem-Cat Field Tuesday night.
It was Holman (8-5), backed by timely hitting from her fellow Lady Tigers, who emerged victorious as the Belton scored three runs in a smoke-filled sixth inning en route to a 4-1 victory in a key District 8-5A softball game. The victory puts Belton in a tie for first with Waco Midway at 3-0 and 10-9 overall. Temple (11-10, 1-2) slips two games behind the leaders.
Holman scattered six hits, struck out 11 and walked two in her debut in the Leon River classic.
“I knew our team would make the plays,” Holman said. “I was comfortable on the mound enough to do whatever it took to get them out.”
Smith, her junior counterpart, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before settling on a five-hitter with 16 strikeouts but with five walks.
Even though it was six innings before the Lady Tigers scratched out a hit, they carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth. Smith gave up four walks to the first five batters with the pass to Alex Wilson bringing in Kirsten Whiteside for the early 1-0 lead.