GEORGETOWN — Hadley Brown knew it was time to step up — Lampasas senior ace Kady Crow told her so.

“This is your time. You’re due,” Crow said as Brown left the dugout to lead off the top of the sixth.The pep talk worked as Brown, who was 0-for-2 in her first two at- bats against Wimberley starter Mallory Henry, turned on the second offering she saw and ripped it down the left-field line for a double.

“I was her supporter, basically,” Crow joked afterward.

One pitch later, Texans third baseman Kierstin Blackburn sailed the throw to first on the bunt attempt by senior Hailey Morrison to score Brown for a 2-1 lead.

That’s when the offense really opened things up as all nine Lady Badgers came to the plate in a five-run seventh inning for a 7-2 victory Thursday night in Game 1 of their best-of-three bi-district series at Georgetown East View.

“It just gets to where you have to get the job done, and if you don’t, that’s going to hurt Kady in the end, so we just got up there and hit,” Brown said. “I wanted to hit that ball so hard, and I did. I did it for my team.”

The series will continue as part of a potential doubleheader Monday with Game 2 set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

“It gives us a couple days rest, that’s really why we did it,” Lampasas coach Rusty Erwin. “I expect us to come back and finish it off in the 5:30 game.”

The winner of the series will play District 28-3A champion, No. 12 Pleasanton, which received a first-round bye.

Crow earned the complete-game victory on the mound, limiting Wimberley to just four hits, all of which came in the last three innings. Following a four-pitch walk to Texans leadoff hitter Hailey Burns, Crow sent down the next 12 straight batters.

“Whenever I was on the mound after I walked that first girl, I walked back to the mound and I was like, ‘Come on. … I need to pull myself up and I need to get these outs right here because (my teammates) are depending on me and I’ve got to pull through for them,’” Crow said. “That’s when my whole mentality changed, and I was like, ‘Stay the course, calm down and do your job.’”

At the plate, Crow paced the Lady Badgers’ (23-8) offense early starting 2-for-2 with a ground-rule double in the first and an RBI-single in the third that plated fellow senior Tealey Farquhar from second for a 1-0 lead.

Wimberley (12-18) designated player Bailey Barrett broke up Crow’s dominance with a leadoff single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth. She scored two batters later when Blackburn drilled a liner up just to the left of second base that deflected off the glove of a diving Brown to tie it at 1-1.Nursing a 2-1 lead entering the final inning, Lampasas worked the bases loaded with back-to-back bunts from Tori Caruthers and Farquhar to set up Crow.

Crow sawed off a slow roller to back to the mound that Wimberley shortstop Halle Thigpen sailed wide on a play at the plate to score both Blake Webb and Caruthers.

“We finally got a couple of bunts down — that was key. We failed to do that earlier in the game,” Erwin said. “(We put) a little pressure on them and things worked out.”


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