LAMPASAS — Sloane Johnson was 2 for 2 with a home run, a double and four RBIs.
Then the first inning ended.
After an impressive start, Lampasas’ shortstop went on to produce a perfect game at the plate, going 4 for 4, adding another double and finishing with six RBIs and three runs to lead the Lady Badgers to a three-inning 19-3 victory against Burnet.
While Johnson never predicted such a showing, she admits entering the game with high expectations.
“I was excited for this game,” the senior said, “because it was against Burnet, and we have the long rivalry.
“I knew this game was going to give us confidence.”
The Lady Bulldogs, however, captured the momentum early.
Three of Burnet’s first four batters connected for hits before rounding the bases to create a 3-0 advantage, but it would not last long.
Kyndal Moyer and Monica Garza connected for singles in Lampasas’ first two at bats, setting the stage for Johnson to send the second pitch she saw over the centerfield fence to tied the score.
Moments later, Brooklynne Edgar hit a two-RBI single, and the shot was soon followed by Moyer’s three-RBI double, making the score 8-3. Still in the first inning, Johnson returned to the plate, recording a double to score Moyer.
“It just takes a little bitty thing to get the ball rolling,” Lampasas head coach Drew Cleavinger said, “and once the fire starts, it spreads.
“This year, we’ve just been building off each other, and it doesn’t matter who it is. We just need one person to get going and everyone follows.”
The Lady Badgers held an 11-3 lead following the first inning after Collyn Schuricht’s two-RBI single completed the scoring.
The score held until the third inning, when Lampasas (11-4, 4-1 District 19-4A) exploded offensively again, tallying eight runs on six hits, including a two-run home run from first baseman Kamri Corbin.
Nine players scored for the Lady Badgers, eight had a hit and seven produced at least one RBI as the team finished with 17 hits in the victory.
“I’ve never had a solid, 1-through-9 lineup until I got to Lampasas,” Cleavinger said, “and it’s just awesome to have girls step up whenever we need them.
“We got some huge hits tonight, but we’re also focusing on the little things as well, like getting timely base hits that nobody can do anything against. Those are just as big as the home runs.”
Along with Johnson’s performance, Moyer was 2 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs, Reding was 2 for 2 with an RBI, Edgar was 2 for 2 with a pair of runs and RBIs, and Natalie Denoso was 2 for 2 with two runs.
While practically everyone was delivering for Lampasas, fittingly, Johnson secured the victory with a walkoff two-RBI double, forcing the umpires to call the game.
“We were really capitalizing on moving runners,” Johnson said.
“So, this is a good confidence boost going forward, because we’re going to need things like that.”
- Belton 14, Copperas Cove 0, 5 inn.
- Harker Heights 10, Killeen 0, 6 inn.
- San Angelo Central 12, Shoemaker 5
- Waco Midway 15, Ellison 1, 5 inn.
- Lampasas 19, Burnet 3, 3 inn.
- Salado 11, Taylor 3