For Shoemaker senior Laryn Brinkman, it doesn’t matter if she’s facing Killeen, Ellison, Harker Heights or any other opponent in the Killeen ISD.
A District 8-5A game is still a District 8-5A game and the wins are equally as sweet.
Brinkman helped the Lady Grey Wolves win their first district game by leading an offensive onslaught in a 17-2 win over the Killeen Lady Kangaroos on Friday at Shoemaker High School.
“I feel a little bit of a rivalry, but not a lot,” Brinkman said. “We always want to go out and beat anybody in Killeen as well as anybody else.”
The four-inning win improved the Lady Grey Wolves district record to 1-2 while the Lady Roos fell to 0-3 in district play.
Brinkman went 3 for 3 with three RBIs, two triples and two runs scored. Shoemaker got hits from eight different positions in the batting order and 10 different starters and substitutes reached base.
“It felt good to finally hit the ball,” Shoemaker head coach Alisha Hobson said. “We’ve been having a little bit of a hitting slump so it felt good to finally get the bats going tonight.”
Brittany Bolin, Celina Clark and Estefania Rosario combined to hit .857 (6 for 7) with six runs scored. Clark had four RBIs.
A lot of the damage for Killeen was self-inflicted. The Lady Roos defense committed nine errors and its offense stranded seven runners on base.
“We have to play catch,” Killeen head coach Randy James said. “It showed tonight that if we play catch, it’s a 5-2 ball game right now. It just boils down to the basics of playing catch, doing the fundamental things and making the plays when it’s time to make the plays and tonight we didn’t.”
Killeen got things going in the top of the first as Asia Hill scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0 Lady Roos. Killeen was able to put up another run in the third when Maribel Carrizales brought home Chani Burnett on an RBI single up the middle that cut Shoemaker’s lead to 5-2.
But Shoemaker’s offense was in a groove early and never stopped. Brinkman’s first triple brought home Perla Nichols to tie the game at a run apiece in the bottom of the first.
“Even if you think you’re going to hit well, you still have to work as hard as you can,” Brinkman said.
Clark gave the Lady Grey Wolves the lead with a single up the middle that brought in Brinkman.
Shoemaker put up 10 runs on five hits in the home half of the third.
Brinkman had her final RBI on a single in the bottom of the fourth and Clark ended the game after a fly ball to right field led to a Killeen error that brought home Deborah Rodriguez to cap the scoring.
Shoemaker starting pitcher Heather Casiano was able to turn the Lady Roos away by getting out of the inning and stranding three Killeen runners in scoring position.
Casiano allowed two earned runs on seven hits while striking out five Lady Roos and walking only two.
“She has the best pitcher mentality because she doesn’t let situations rattle her at all,” Hobson said about Casiano.
Burnett led Killeen’s offense going 2 for 3 with a run scored while Carrizales finished 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Shoemaker hosts Harker Heights while Killeen hosts Waco Midway on Monday. Both games begin at 2 p.m.