GATESVILLE — In what was their third games in two days the Gatesville Hornets dominated Waco Connally in District 17 4A action, winning 17-1 in four innings on Friday.

The Lady Cadets got their lone run in the fourth inning on a single with the bases loaded.

Gatesville coach Jamie Villarrial wasn’t worried about his team’s stamina on short rest. In fact it’s something the Hornets are prepared for.

“We work out quite a bit. Our big thing is we won’t get beat because we’re tired in late innings,”

Villarrial explained “we hit the gym at least two or three times a week and I tell the kids we have to be able to play when we’re a little tired and we have to play through fatigue, and they did a good job of that today.”

The Hornets looked they were at batting practice all night long, and the second inning was proof of that. Gatesville catcher Kennedy Berry reached first base after being hit by a pitch and then the bats came to life.

Haley Nichols stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI double that brought Berry home. Chesney Smith wanted in on the action and drove Nichols in on the following at-bat with a single. A few batters later, Erin Necessary made the necessary adjustments and drove in a pair of runs with a single of her own.

The Hornets finished the inning with four players driving in runs and a commanding 12-0 lead.

“We practice that you know, situational hitting,” said Villarrial “anytime we have a girl on second or third with less than two outs we have to produce a run, and today we did that.”

Defensively, starting pitcher Chesney Smith controlled the plate. Smith did have a couple of balls get away from her, as she hit two batters, but overall she only allowed one hit — a single.

The Hornets improved to 13-6-1 on the season and are 2-1 in district play.

“If we can play like this, we’re going to be tough to beat,” Villarrial said. “We’re looking to establish more confidence as district rolls through and pursue our goal of making the playoffs this year.”

Gatesville will play in the Whitney tournament tomorrow and will return to district action March 15 at Hillsboro.

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