STATE BOUND!

Anderson’s cannon provides 22 Ks, as Lady Guard march into State Semi-Finals

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Brook Hill Lady Guard 10, Midland Christian Lady Mustangs 6, FINAL

MC: 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 - 6

BH: 0 0 3 6 0 1 X - 10

The Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team was back in action last week, as the team hosted a TAPPS Area round playoff matchup against the Midland Christian Lady Mustangs Tuesday, May 8, at Brook Hill’s Schwab Field.

After a two inning stalemate to begin the Area game, the home team lady Guard swung hard to light up the scoreboard in their favor, collecting a total of three runs in the bottom of the third inning.

The three-run inning by Brook Hill was quickly answered and negated, as Midland Christian sent a total of three players galloping on the base paths and across home plate to begin the fourth inning.

Despite the offensive success of the opposition, the Lady Guard attacked the Lady Mustangs with every weapon in their offensive arsenal in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring a total of six runs.

Midland Christian attempted to mount a comeback rally in the late innings of the Area contest, driving home one run in the top of the fifth inning, as well as two more runs in the top of the sixth.

However, Brook Hill managed to preserve its lead, and even added a run in the bottom of the sixth, as the Lady Guard claimed victory in the Area game against the Lady Mustangs, 10-6.

Brook Hill proved to have the stronger bats in the contest against Midland Christian, as the Lady Guard swung for 13 hits, while the Lady Mustangs collected 10 hits. Midland Christian was charged with a total of three fielding errors, while Brook Hill committed one error in the field.

The Lady Guard was led at the plate by the superb hitting of Maddie Anthony, turning in a 2-4 performance with a total of three runs batted in.

Other significant contributors for Brook Hill against Midland Christian included McKenna Lovelady, going 3-4, including a triple, with two RBIs; Micah Lovelady, going 2-3, including two doubles, with two RBIs and one stolen base; Kaitlyn Juarez, going 2-3 with one RBI and one stolen base; Nelley Clark, going 1-3 with one RBI; Kasey Anderson, going 2-3; and Cassie Cannon, going 1-2, including a double, with one stolen base.

Credited with the victory for the Lady Guard in the Area round contest against the Lady Mustangs was Anderson, allowing 10 hits, six runs, and five earned runs, while striking out 12 and walking one, in seven innings of work.

Brook Hill Lady Guard 4,

Grace Community Lady Cougars 3, FINAL

GC: 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 - 3

BH: 0 0 2 2 0 0 X - 4

After claiming the Area win against the Midland Christian Lady Mustangs, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team loaded the bus and traveled to Lindale for a Regional round “winner-take-all” contest against their district rivals, the Grace Community Lady Cougars, Friday, May 11.

The first team to light up the contest in the Regional affair was Grace Community, as one Cougar runner raced around the base path and crossed home plate in the top of the first inning of play.

After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Guard battled their way back into contention, swinging for a total of two runs in the bottom of the third frame. Brook Hill also added two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a commanding 4-1 lead over the Grace Community.

Despite the Lady Guard’s scoring success, the Lady Cougars scratched and clawed at the team’s defense in the late innings, as Grace Community attempted to mount a comeback rally by plating two runs in the top of the seventh.

However, the late Grace Community runs proved to not be enough, as Brook Hill held on to its early lead to claim victory in the Regional Championship game, 4-3.

In addition to the one-run victory, Brook Hill held the advantage in hitting at the plate, swinging for a total of six hits in the Regional game, compared to four hits collected by Grace Community. Both teams were charged with three fielding errors in the contest.

Swinging the big bat for the Lady Guard was McKenna Lovelady, turning in a 1-3 performance with a total of two RBIs.

Other significant contributors for Brook Hill against Grace Community included Kasey Anderson, going 4-4 with two stolen bases; Maddie Anthony, going 1-3; and Kaitlyn Juarez, going 0-3 with one RBI.

Anderson once again provided strong pitches for Brook Hill in the circle, as she earned the win in the Regional bout, allowing four hits and three runs, while striking out 10 and walking one, in seven innings of work.

With a record of 2-0 last week, the Brook Hill Lady Guard currently holds an overall record of 13-4, 6-1 in district play, and has been recognized as the Area and Regional Champions.

Next week: TAPPS Division II State Semi-Final – Brook Hill Lady Guard vs. Fort Worth Christian Lady Cardinals (one game): 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Crosby ISD Complex.

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