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Lady Panthers Take Care of Business, Win GCEC Classic

Leader Photo by Jack Walker  Lauren GibsonBuy Photo
Leader Photo by Jack Walker Lauren Gibson
Leader Photo by Jack Walker  Peyton Welch arrives safely at secondBuy Photo
Leader Photo by Jack Walker Peyton Welch arrives safely at second
Leader Photo by Jack Walker  The Lady Panthers bask in the glow of a tournament championship.Buy Photo
Leader Photo by Jack Walker The Lady Panthers bask in the glow of a tournament championship.

The Lady Panthers apparently know how to defend their home turf.

Van Alstyne sailed unbeaten through seven games of the fourth annual GCEC Lady Panther softball tournament, coming up with a 2-1 win over Sanger in the championship game on Feb. 22.

It was the second 2-1 win over the Lady Indians in the event.

Ten teams competed in the three-day affair and when the last out was recorded on Saturday, the Lady Panthers were left alone to hoist the championship trophy.

The Lady Panthers were held scoreless for four innings by the off-speed offerings of Sanger’s Kelly Ordonez in the title game. Ordonez, a tall right-hander with a lot of arm action in her delivery, retired the first five Lady Panthers she faced. That streak was halted when Bailey Brown smacked a two-out single in the bottom of the second inning.

Peyton Welch opened the fourth inning with a single down the right field line, but was stranded. Trailing 1-0 going to the bottom half of the fifth, the Lady Panthers rallied as the bottom of the order came through.

Cheyenne Goodenow reached on the first Sanger error of the game and Andrea Espitia followed with a bunt hit. Both runners moved up on the second Sanger miscue of the inning and Maddie Horn drove in two runs with a single back up the middle.

Lauren Gibson worked out of a couple of late jams to pick up her fifth win of the tournament.

Going into the title game, Van Alstyne had posted three consecutive shutouts as Quinlan-Ford, Melissa and Anna could not punch across runs against either Gibson or Reagan Reece, who picked up two wins in the tourney.

Maddie Horn was the leading hitter of the tournament, collecting 11 hits in 15 trips to the plate. Gibson was stellar at the dish as well, going 10-for-18. She also had 27 strikeouts in the five games she worked.

Horn, who started the season behind the plate as a catcher for the Lady Panthers, was moved to shortstop and the junior has excelled at the 6 position.

A panel of sportswriters determined that Gibson and Horn would share the Most Valuable Player award.

The Road to the Championship

Van Alstyne 11, Melissa 3

Van Alstyne 2, Sanger 1

Van Alstyne 8, Sam Rayburn 5

Van Alstyne 11, Quinlan-Ford 0

Van Alstyne 6, Melissa 0

Van Alstyne 10, Anna 0

Van Alstyne 2, Sanger 1

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