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Van Alstyne Move to 4-1 in District

Leader Photos by Jack Walker  Maddie Horn slides back into thirdBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Jack Walker Maddie Horn slides back into third
Leader Photos by Jack WalkerBuy Photo
Leader Photos by Jack Walker

The Leonard Lady Tigers were feeling pretty salty after taking a 1-0 lead on the Lady Panthers in a Tuesday night game at Forrest Moore Park.

Taking advantage of a shaky Van Alstyne defense in the top of the second inning, Leonard parlayed a couple of errors into a one-run advantage and their dugout was sending out those annoying softball chants.

We don’t know how they felt after the Lady Panthers sent 18 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, however, scoring 16 runs in the District 12-2A win.

Maddie Horn had three hits in the run-rule win while Lauren Gibson, Reagan Reece, Cheyenne Goodenow, Bailey Brown and Ashley Burts each had two.

Gibson had another no-hit pitching night, fanning eight in the four-inning affair.

The visitors dugout was pretty quiet at the end.

Leonard 0-1-0-0—1

Van Alstyne 0-0-0-16—16

VA (21-4)(4-1)

Van Alstyne 17, Farmersville 0 (5)

After wining a 3-1 squeaker at Sunnyvale, the Lady Panthers returned home on March 14 and enjoyed an easy 17-0 win over Farmersville.

It was Van Alstyne’s 20th win of the season, and the team is 3-1 in District 12-2A play.

Lady Panther pitcher Lauren Gibson was perfect from the circle, giving up no hits while striking out 11 of the 15 Lady Farmers she faced in the five-inning, run-rule win.

Peyton Welch had a 3-for-4 day at the plate, highlighted by a three-run homer in the second inning. She also doubled and had five RBI for the contest.

After a scoreless first inning for both teams, Van Alstyne went small-ball early in the second. Cheyenne Goodenow reached on a bunt hit and Bailey Brown sacrificed her to second with another bunt. Keeping it simple, Ashley Burts bunted her way on, moving Goodenow to third. Andrea Espitia collected an RBI with a bunt hit, driving in Goodenow.

With two aboard and one out, Welch—as Eric Nadel would say, went Jimmy-Jack on the Lady Farmers, blasting a shot over the fence in left-field, giving Van Alstyne a 4-0 edge.

The Lady Panthers used a walk, a hit batter and two Farmersville errors to set the stage for a big inning in the third. Welch doubled in Burts and Espitia to put Van Alstyne on top, 9-0 after three.

The Lady Panthers sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the fourth inning collecting five hits while scoring eight runs to ice the game.

Gibson finished off the visitors in their half of the fifth, striking out the 5-6-7 hitters to get the win.

Farmersville 0-0-0-0-0—0

Van Alstyne 0-4-5-8-x—17

WP: Lauren Gibson

2b-Welch, HR- Welch

VA (20-4)(3-1)

Van Alstyne 3, Sunnyvale 1

On March 11, the Lady Panthers traveled to Sunnyvale and came away with a 3-1 win over the Lady Raiders.

Lauren Gibson gave up just four hits and had 10 strikeouts in the team’s 19th win of the season.

Maddie Horn was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and Gibson also had a 2-for-3 night at the dish.

Horn had a leadoff single to open the game and after stealing second, Horn scored on a Sunnyvale error.

The Lady Raiders came back with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, sending the teams to the final frame, all tied at 1-1.

Gibson reached on a Sunnyvale error, but was later thrown out at the plate. Reagan Reece singled, advanced on a bunt hit by Ashley Burts and scored on another Sunnyvale miscue, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Cheyeene Goodenow drove in Burts with an insurance run and Gibson got the final out on a roller to first as the Lady Panthers captured a big road win.

Van Alstyne 1-0-0-0-0-0-2—3

Sunnyvale 0-0-0-1-0-0-0—1