By Angel Verdejo
The Cove Herald
LAMPASAS - When Lampasas traveled to Liberty Hill just over three weeks ago, the Lady Panthers won a high-scoring affair.
The schools combined for 37 runs, 38 hits, 11 errors and enough trash talk from the stands that a few fans Tuesday jokingly made mention of the two police vehicles parked at the field's entrance.
They started slowly Tuesday, combining for two runs in the first two innings, but Liberty Hill outdid Lampasas in picking up the pace. The Lady Panthers scored 11 unanswered runs, putting an end to any faint chance Lampasas had at a District 25-3A title with the 12-4 road win.
Liberty Hill improved to 8-1 in the district, claiming the 25-3A title. Lampasas is still in line to reach the playoffs. The loss, combined with a Burnet (6-3) win over Llano, puts the Lady Badgers (19-11, 5-4) in third place.
"The message was just relax," Lampasas said Rusty Erwin said when asked what he told his team after the game. "We'll start hitting eventually. We're just not getting the key hits that we've been getting.
"I don't know how many, but I bet we left at least 10 people on base, and that's about the fourth game we've done that."
The Lady Badgers only left eight runners stranded on base, but seven of the eight were in scoring position. And all came after a three-run third inning put Lampasas up 4-1.
"They're just pressing," Erwin said. "We have to get them to relax."
It wasn't just that Lampasas left the runners on, but the Lady Badgers usually gave themselves multiple times in each inning to push across a run only to come up short.
Marisa Bogart and Shelly Holcomb doubled and singled to start the fourth but were left on third and second base on a pair of strikeouts and a flyout too shallow to score Bogart from third.
Madison Morris hit a one-out double in the fifth, going to third on a fielder's choice before Liberty Hill starter Kourtney Bevers struck out Jennifer Herron to end the threat.
In the sixth, Lampasas got a pair of one-out walks and eventually loaded the bases, but again Bevers escaped trouble. Facing Hadley Brown, who drove in Lampasas' first two runs, Bevers got the shortstop to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Robinson 7, Gatesville 3 (Tuesday) - At Robinson, Megan and Paige Chambers combined to go 5-for-6 and scored three runs, but it was not enough to save the Hornets' season. Gatesville (15-15, 4-6 19-3A) scored two runs in the sixth after RBI singles by Kendra Powell and Amber Colson.
Salado 2, Lampasas 1 (April 15) - At Salado, it started early but both Salado and Lampasas saved their fireworks until the end. The Lady Eagles however, had one more than the visiting Lady Badgers, getting a big District 25-3A upset win.
Lampasas broke the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth, with Hadley Brown singling home Tealey Farquhar, who walked and stole second base to get into scoring position. But Salado (14-11) came right back in the bottom half, as Jenna Franz and Camryn Bintz both singled before Sheyenne Hicks cleared the bases with a double.
Gatesville 10, Waco La Vega 3 (April 15) - At Waco, a six-run Hornet third inning turned a two-run deficit into a blowout win for Gatesville. The Hornets tacked on a run in each of the final four innings. Kendra Powell led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with a two-run triple. She drove in three runs, while Amber Colson singled, tripled, scored twice and drove in one.
Robinson 16, Gatesville 6, 6 inn. (Tuesdsay) - At Gatesville, a Hornet five-run fourth inning cut Robinson's lead to 10-5, but the Rockets answered right back in the top of fifth to put Gatesville in a must-win game today.
Gatesville (17-11) moves to 5-4 in District 19-3A, tying China Spring for third. The winner of tonight's game at China Spring makes the playoffs.
Liberty Hill 13, Lampasas 0, 6 inn. (Tuesday) - At Lampasas, Cullen Singleton went 2-for-3 with a pair of single for Lampasas, who fell to 4-21-1 overall and 1-7 in District 25-3A play. Micah Harry, Cody Robinson and Blaine White added singles for the Badgers.
Gatesville 15, Waco La Vega 1, 5 inn. (April 15) - At Waco, a four-run second inning and five-run third broke things open for the Hornets. Payton George (4-for-4) had two doubles and a triple, driving in three runs and scoring four times. Slayton Meyer (3-for-3) had four RBIs to go with three runs scored, while Allan Watson (2-for-3) drove in a pair and scored twice.
Salado 10, Lampasas 0, 6 inn. (April 15) - At Salado, Cole Calder led a 14-hit outing by the Eagles, as the senior went 3-for-4 with two doubles, driving in three runs and scoring once in the run-rule victory.
Jacob Heiner, Taylor Rudduck, Hunter Ward and Colby Schiller each tallied multiple hits for Salado, while Bubba Luna went the distance on the mound, allowing just three singles, including a pair from Cullen Singleton.
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