BELTON — The score was much different, but the end result was the same. 

The Belton Lady Tigers remained perfect in District 12-6A play with an 8-2 win over the Temple Tem-Cats on Tuesday night, a much different contest than Belton’s 21-0 run-rule victory on March 5 in the first meeting between the teams.

This was a battle throughout as the Lady Tigers didn’t score more than one run in an inning until their final at-bat in the sixth.

And that sixth inning quelled the hopes of a Tem-Cat team that had shown at least for five innings they had improved enough to compete with the District 12-6A elite.

“We’ve told the girls over and over they are great and I think they finally got a glimpse of that today,” Temple coach Jessica Harborth said. “They came out and fought, played hard, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Temple (15-10, 7-4 12-6A) got the first run of the game when Bryanna Salas, who singled and advanced to second on a walk, scored on an errant pick off throw.

But Belton (23-5, 12-0), which has already clinched a playoff berth, answered quickly with Madison Ward leading off with a single, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt and stealing third, and scoring on a wild pitch.

Solo home runs by Belton’s Madison Sniggs and Temple’s Jaylin Kindles had the game tied at 2 after three.

The Lady Tigers took the lead in the fourth. Singles by Maddison Parker and Sniggs followed by a walk by Isabelle Gutierrez loaded the bases for Avery Drake, who drove in Parker on an infield single.

They made it 4-2 in the fifth. Paige Nunes led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a ground out by Parker.

And they broke it open in the sixth with Nunes’s two-run home run highlighting a four-run inning.

Pitcher Hannah Kelley retired the Tem-Cats in order in the seventh, the first inning either team failed to get a base runner, to pick up the win.

Hayli Hesse took the loss for the Tem-Cats.

“It was awesome to see,” Harborth said of the battle. “Our kids came out to fight. They came out with a lot of heart and fought to the best of their ability.”

Both teams play Killeen next, with Temple hosting the Lady Roos on Friday and Belton visiting Killeen on Monday.


  • Belton 8, Temple 2
  • Ellison 9, Harker Heights 8
  • Shoemaker 24, Killeen 0
  • Waco 15, Copperas Cove 13

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