By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
The Lampasas Lady Badgers only scored once in their first live game in the Big Bell Softball Classic on Friday afternoon, but it was enough to get them their first-round win.
In their second game, the Lady Badgers also scored only once, but the Robinson Rockettes answered where the Andrews Lady Mustangs could not and held out for a 4-1 win in their second-round game.
Taryn Brown hit a leadoff triple to open the Lady Badgers' first inning against Robinson after watching two strikes sail by and tipping one foul against the back fence. Sarah Adams followed with a single to bring Brown across home plate to put the Lady Badgers up 1-0 early.
Adams stole second base, but the Lady Badgers couldn't bring her all the way around the diamond.
Robinson's Alex Humphries warmed the Rockettes' bats up with a leadoff single but was thrown out at second when Ashton Feight singled. Feight got herself into scoring position by stealing second. Two batters later, Maria Vicinais doubled to bring Feight across to even the score.
Hannah White retired the Lady Badgers in order in the second with two strikeouts, but the Rockettes mustered only a single hit themselves in the bottom of the frame.
After shutting down the Lady Badgers in the top of the third, the Rockettes came out swinging in the bottom of the inning. Stacey Boyett opened the frame with a single to get on board. After Alex Humphries grounded out, Feight singled to get herself on base. Miranda Villarreal singled to get Boyett home and then a wild pitch brought Feight across the plate. Villarreal completed the circle on a Presley Tepe single to put the Rockettes up to stay, 4-1.
In the Lady Badgers' early game, Jessica Valles tripled with two outs and Vonzella Underwood singled her home for the game's only score.
In other games, Harker Heights lost 10-0 in their early game to Forney. The Knights loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the first inning but were unable to take advantage of the opportunity. Instead, the Lady Jackrabbits struck for three runs in the first and then added six more in the bottom of the third.
The final run came on a Sara Bell single to bring Erika Laflour across the plate. She opened the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff double.
Officials called the game in the fourth with the Lady Jackrabbits' final score.
After getting run-ruled 13-1 to Bastrop in the early game, the Academy Lady Bees put up runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings to secure a 12-4 win over the Lady Knights in the second-round game.
"We didn't get some calls behind the plate, but you can't run a game a like that," Lady Knights' head coach Bobbi Cruff said. "We had clutch situations when we didn't push the runs across the plate. I feel like we didn't shut down out there. Even though we were down, we didn't give up."
The Lady Bees struck first with a two-run second inning and a three-run third, but the Lady Knights started digging themselves out of the hole in the bottom of the third.
Bridgette Henderson singled to open the frame and Kim Mino followed suit two batters later. Alli Wood picked up the RBI for bringing Henderson home and Mino found her own way on a wild pitch to pull the Lady Knights to within three.
But, the Lady Bees' four-run fourth nearly sealed the lid closed. The Lady Knights got two more in the bottom of the fourth when Mino and Wood each hit RBI singles to bring Jessica Hall and Henderson across the plate, respectively, but the Lady Bees added three in the top of the fifth and the officials stopped that game as well.
Other first- and second-round scores from Friday's games at Lions Club Park were Lorena 3, Burnett 2; Abilene 6, Rockdale 2; Pflugerville Hendrickson 6, Crawford 0; Midland Lee 10, Mansfield 1; Buda Hays 6, Robinson. In second-round games: Rockdale 10, Burnett 0; Hays 12, Andrews 1; Mansfield 9, Crawford 1; Forney 9, Bastrop 0; Abilene 4, Lorena 0; Midland Lee 3, Hendrickson 0.
Lady Wolves bounce back
The Shoemaker Lady Grey Wolves softball team overcame a rough morning game to beat Early, 11-4, in their second game on Friday.
Sami Berg, a sophomore, had 15 strikeouts in the win.
"It's my best game of the year," said Berg. "I killed them with the rise- and dropball,"
On offense, senior Megan Brown had two home runs for four RBIs while Berg added a three-run double of her own. Also hitting well were Ashley Shannon with a single and a double and Markita Johnson with two base hits.
"It was one of the best team efforts of the year," said coach Kelly Berg. "It was a total pitching performance as well as offensively, with our hitting."
The Lady Wolves dropped an earlier game to El Campo, 8-2. The team was forced to play on 15 minutes notice after the original team scheduled to play misread the bracket. Berg didn't want a team to have to forfeit, so the Lady Wolves stepped in.
"They got three quick runs off us in the first inning," Berg said. "We weren't mentally ready."
Berg said that El Campo had a few timely hits and those, combined with Shoemaker fielding errors, allowed El Campo to open up the lead. Lucy Romero led the Lady Wolves at the plate by going 3-for-4. Sami had seven strikeouts in the early game.
"I'd rather have more ground-ball outs but I'll take what I can get," Berg said, laughing.
The Lady Wolves will start off today against Frenship at 9:45 a.m. on Field One at the Killeen Athletic Complex.