LAMPASAS — Evan Edmiston hadn’t batted for Gatesville since the start of the District 8-3A softball season.
After Friday night’s five-inning, 10-0 run-rule victory over Lampasas, she might just see an increase in plate appearances.
The Hornets’ sophomore usually only pitches but was given an opportunity at the plate and took full advantage going 3-for-3 with a three-run homer against the Lady Badgers — the first of Edmiston’s career but the school-record 18th by a Gatesville batter this season.
“I still don’t believe it went over. I was so excited,” said Edmiston. “A lot of people (on our team) have hit them so it feels good to be a part of it. The runs were huge and gave us confidence to finish the game.”
The Hornets (16-13, 5-1) got on the board in the third inning. Sophomore catcher Blayne McGee stepped to the plate with two outs and sent the first pitch she saw over the left-center field wall for a 1-0 Gatesville lead.
“It’s great. Edmiston gets to join the (home run) club and Blayne hit one too,” Hornets coach Crystal O`Brien said. “I am very excited to have that battery for two more years.”
Edmiston only got to bat because of an injury to the team’s designated hitter, but according to O`Brien, she will undoubtedly get more.
“She’ll always be pinch run for, though — if she goes down we are in trouble,” O’Brien said.
It was Lampasas’ pitcher who was in trouble Friday. Of the six batters Tori Caruthers walked, four scored. The Hornets managed just eight hits but two were home runs. Caruthers kept the damage to two innings, but Gatesville scored seven runs during the fourth and fifth innings.
“She started tiring because she threw a lot of pitches early,” Lampasas coach Cassie Crabtree said. “By the fourth she started walking people and we couldn’t stop the bleeding.”
Lampasas (9-23, 1-5) left six runners on base but the lack of clutch hitting and some head-scratching base-running gaffes continuously ruined any scoring chances.
“We average about 8-10 runners left on base every game — that’s not going to get the job done,” Crabtree said. “We can’t string any thing together from the plate, and when we lose focus on the base paths, nothing good can happen.”
In the second inning, two different Lady Badgers were thrown out at third trying to steal after the ball was firmly secured by McGee. As for Gatesville, the power surge continued when McGee ripped an RBI double to left-center that plated Megan Chambers and gave the Hornets a 10-0 lead.