The Pilot Point Lady Bearcats, defending Class 2A state softball champions, completed an undefeated run through the first half of District 12-2A play with a 6-0 win at home over Van Alstyne on March 25.
The Lady Cats used the long-ball to pound out the win, going yard three times in the contest. Junior Preslee Galloway scattered five hits, striking out nine, to get the win.
Maddie Horn got the first hit of the contest, leading off the first inning with a single to right field. The junior shortstop was erased at first base as Galloway snagged a line drive off the bat of Peyton Welch and threw to first to double off Horn.
With one out in the bottom half of the first, Britnee Gillespie doubled, sending a shot to the left field fence. Galloway proved she had power, hitting a line shot over the center field fence. Allison Strittmatter followed that with a drive that cleared the fence, giving Pilot Point a quick, 3-0 lead.
Reagan Reece singled to open the Van Alstyne second inning, but her courtesy runner, Sarah Biscarro,was left stranded as Galloway retired the next three Van Alstyne batters.
Abby Parrent singled to open the Pilot Point second inning but she was thrown out, Ashley Burts to Horn, trying to stretch the hit into a double.
With one on and one out in the bottom half of the third, Horn fielded a hard shot headed up the middle, tagged second base to erase one runner, then threw to first to complete the double-play.
Burts made a nice defensive play in the bottom of the fifth, relaying an outfield throw to third to get a Pilot Point runner who was trying to go first-to-third on a fly ball to right.
Later in the inning, Galloway reached on a Van Alstyne error. She trotted home on Strittmatter’s second home run shot of the contest to make it a 5-0 game.
Battling back, Van Alstyne got a leadoff single from Peyton Welch in the top half of the sixth. Gibson followed with a single to put Lady Panther runners on first and second with no outs. After a strikeout, Burts sacrificed Welch and Gibson up a base, but Galloway got the final out to preserve the shutout.
The Lady Cats added their final run in the sixth inning, using an error, hit batter and RBI single to plate the run.
Things won’t get any easier for the Lady Panthers as they host Caddo Mills Friday night with the first pitch scheduled for 6:45
Van Alstyne 0-0-0-0-0-0-0—0
Pilot Point 3-0-0-0-2-1-x—6