With their 11-1 win in Leonard on April 11, the Van Alstyne Lady Panthers most likely locked up second place in District 12-2A play. We have to hedge that statement as softball information from south of Highway 380 is very difficult to obtain.
The Lady Tigers came out fired up looking for an upset, and for one inning they basked in the glory of a 1-1 tie with the visitors. Those dreams were shattered as Van Alstyne began hanging crooked numbers on the scoreboard and Leonard could not answer,
Peyton Welch led a hit parade that saw the lineup hit for the cycle in the 10-run win. Welch had three doubles in her five trips to the dish, Maddie Horn and Ashley Burts hit back-to-back triples in the top half of the seventh with Horn’s three-bagger coming with the bases loaded. Reagan Reece led off the second inning with an opposite-field home run to give the Lady Panthers a lead they never relinquished.
Lauren Gibson, after no-hitting the Lady Farmers in her last outing, did not have her best stuff on Friday but she had enough to blank Leonard over the last six innings to get the win. Outstanding defensive play by the Lady Panthers helped her out of a few jams to keep the Lady Tigers off the board.
Leonard changed pitchers in the fourth inning and it took some adjustments by the Lady Panthers to keep the offense rolling.
“When they went to their other pitcher, we didn’t show patience early, but on the second trip through the lineup we did a lot better,” said Van Alstyne Head Coach Jason Brogdon.
The Lady Panthers pounded the new pitcher for four consecutive hits to go with a pair of walks, scoring five runs in the frame to bust it open in the seventh
After an open date on April 15, Van Alstyne will honor the only senior on the team, Rhondi Andersen, as it hosts Pilot Point on April 18.
By then we should know the Lady Panthers’ postseason opponent.
Van Alstyne 1-2-2-1-0-0-5—11
WP:Lauren Gibson. 2B-Peyton Welch (3) Maddie Horn,Gibson, 3b-Horn,Ashley Burts. HR Reagan Reece.
Van Alstyne 15, Farmersville 0.(4)
Van Alstyne’s game at Farmersville was delayed until Wednesday due to playing conditions at the Lady Farmers’ field. When we covered the VA-Farmersville baseball game on Tuesday, someone said that it looked like a vehicle had done some donuts on the field.
Wednesday night it was the Lady Panthers turn to do the damage and they did plenty in their 15-0, run-rule win over the Lady Farmers.
It was Lauren Gibson’s second no-hitter of the season against Farmersville. Gibson struck out 10 of the 15 batters she faced, giving up three walks in the contest.
Senior Rhondi Andersen, Reagan Reece and Ashley Burts each had two hits in the game, and it was an error-less defense that backed up Gibson.
The visitors wasted no time in taking charge in this one, scoring six runs in the top half of the first inning.
Maddie Horn reached on the first of seven Farmersville errors in the game, swiped second base and scored the first run on a passed ball.
Burts singled, stole second and scored on a triple by Gibson to get the offense cooking. Reece singled and —after a single by Cheyenne Goodenow —scored on an RBI hit by Andersen.
Van Alstyne scored two runs in the second, two more in the third and rounded out the night with a five-run fourth to complete the whitewash.
Van Alstyne 6-2-2-5—15
VA (24-6)(7-3) WP Lauren Gibson
2b- Rhondi Andersen,Ashley Burts, Peyton Welch. 3b- Gibson.