LAMPASAS Kelsi Gilseth stepped to the plate with the weight of the game and the Lampasas softball team on her shoulders.
But, if she was feeling any pressure Wednesday night she didnt show it.
I had to buckle down, Gilseth said. (I said) This is on me. Ive gotta pull through here.She did.
Gilseth fought off seven pitches before she smacked the eighth over third baseman Drew Salinas outstretched glove and scored Hailey Morrison to give the Lady Badgers the 4-3 victory in the District 25-3A opener.
(The opposing pitcher) kept going away from me, Gilseth said. But that last pitch, she tried to come inside on me but it was over the middle of the plate and I turned on it.
The walk-off hit was her first of the night and it also got Gilseth off the hook for her two sixth-inning miscues that opened the flood gates and saw Burnet tie the game after being down 3-0.
After getting Salinas to groundout for the first out, Lady Badger pitcher Kady Crow allowed a single to Hillary Foster. Crows next pitch to Kati Maldonado skirted passed Gilseth and Foster took second.Crow bore down and struck out Maldonado for the third time but Gilseth dropped the ball and
Maldonado got to first in time. Both runners scored on Spinns two-RBI single. Shelby Wilson scored the Lady Bulldogs final run on a single by Courtnie Crouch, tying the game at 3-3 going into the bottom of the sixth.
Crow pitched a complete game, struck out six and allowed three unearned runs.
I came in to the game with the mindset that I would carry the team, Crow said. But when I lost my touch in the sixth I had to calm myself down and remind myself to take it one pitch at time.
Lampasas (15-6, 1-0) got the scoring started early, but without the benefit of a hit.
We got the first run in early and it settled us down some, said Lampasas coach Rusty Erwin. We are a young team and came in a bit nervous.
Senior Tealey Farquhar led off the first with a grounder to Burnet (12-6, 0-1) short stop Ashleigh Glover, who threw the ball away, allowing the Lady Badgers center fielder to reach on an error.A sacrifice bunt by Cathleen Garcynski and walks to Hadley Brown and Marisa Maldonado loaded the bases for Crow.
The pitcher received a walk and Farquhar scored the go-ahead run.Brown and Morrison scored the second and third runs of the night for the Lampasas on an error by Burnet first baseman Kayla Glover.
By the time Burnet corralled the loose ball and threw Caruthers out at second, the two Lampasas runners had scored and the Lady Badgers held a 3-0 lead until the sixth where Burnet tied it up.