The Lady softball Jackets, February 18, took out their weekend frustration on San Saba High and punished the Armadillos, 11-0.
“They had had enough of getting the heck beaten out of them,” said head coach Brian Cottle. He was talking about a long visit to Austin; we’ll get to that journey soon enough.
Llano ruined a very fine pitcher’s duel and a scoreless tie with four runs in the fourth inning. Ashlyn Clough and Christy Vassar singled, and one out later a Courtney Mize base hit loaded the bases. Cierra Jordan unloaded them with a triple “that one-hopped its way to the fence,” according to Cottle. Claire Williams singled in CJ.
In the circle, “Vassar regained any confidence she may have lost over the weekend,” declared coach C. “She’s pretty darn good, and she can help us in district.” Christy was en route to a shutout that featured five strikeouts (in six mercy innings), and she allowed only three hits.
In the sixth inning, Lacey Redden and Williams singled, and after Jessica Wunderlich was hit by a pitch, Sarah Marion doubled in two runs, and Clough drove in two more.
“Sarah made a big difference,” insisted Cottle, and overall, he was, “pleased with the hitting.”
Ciarra Deats, Mize, and Redden all singled in runs to complete the seven-run frame.
“We’ve turned the direction,” Cottle contended, but added: “For now.”
Capital Gain—and Losses
Six games in a 48-hour span against schools bigger than you are is the way the girls opened the season, February 14-16. Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody.
“We should be more together by district,” Jordan stated. The veteran shortstop—four years with the varsity—was, not surprisingly, not real happy with a 1-5 record at the Krieg Complex, which has more diamonds than Kay’s.
After a 4-3 loss to Austin Anderson, the Jackets ripped
Reagan High, 18-3.
Redden had a triple, single, and two runs batted in in the romp over the Raiders; Williams collected three hits and two RBIs; Jordan had a triple which led to this comment from Cottle: “It was a monster, 240-foot blast.” A 300-foot bus ride was necessary to reach some towns where the fence was. CJ also had a single, and she chased in three runs.
While Vassar was pitching fine in this one, Clough got the first of two inside-the-park home runs for Llano during its visit to the big city. “I tripped and fell after rounding first,” Ashlyn related. “That made it interesting.” I guess so, but she still circled the bags. “I’ve had two or three homers inside-the-park,” the senior advised, “but I want one outside.”
The Jackets had to face Brandi Needham and Dripping Springs in the first of the middle-day doubleheader. “We couldn’t get the bat around against Needham,” Cottle admitted, “until the last two innings.” The Tigers, who won, 6-0, are one of the best Class 4A teams in the state, and Needham is one of the finest hurlers.
“From the frying pan to the fire,” is the way the coach termed the transition from Dripping to Hays Consolidated. “They had good pitching; we lost 7-1.”
It would have been nice to get away from Leander. The Lions scored a ton to record a shutout. “No positives here.”
Williams manufactured one against Austin McCallum with her inside-the-park homer in the first inning. “You just keep running as fast as you can,” she explained. “You never can tell what’s going to happen.”
Deats had a second-inning RBI in the 9-4 loss. Redden tripled in the third frame and was driven home by a Jordan single, and later Wunderlich’s single got CJ across the plate.
“The girls are going to have to step it up themselves,” Cottle contended. “Even if they lose, they can be successful: hitting, throwing, and catching.
“They must show fortitude and fire.”