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Boyd sweeps into second round

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets continued battering Maypearl pitching Friday night to finish off the two-game sweep of the Class 2A Region II bi-district series.

After pounding out 21 hits in game one, the Lady Yellowjackets piled up 15 in an 18-8 win at Weatherford College to end the series. Boyd had six extra-base hits, including homers from Gabby Saldivar and Chelsea Arlington in the six-inning win.

First Hurdle Cleared

FIRST HURDLE CLEARED – The Boyd Lady Yellowjacket softball team gathers around their bi-district trophy Friday night after sweeping Maypearl to avenge their first-round defeat last spring. Boyd will now play Whitewright in an area round series at TWU in Denton, starting Thursday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“Everyone, one through nine, hit and did their part,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins.

Boyd advances to the area round of the playoffs for the first time since 2006 with the victory over Maypearl.

“They knocked us out last year. We took care of business. The girls had a chip on their shoulder and wanted to beat them,” Hopkins said.

The Lady Yellowjackets move on to play District 11-2A champion Whitewright in an area round series at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. The series begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game two will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and the third game, if necessary, will follow.

Whitewright, ranked seventh in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, swept Sunnyvale over the weekend with 9-1 and 16-1 victories.

Making the Plays

MAKING THE PLAYS – Boyd’s Amber Bowen flips to first for an easy out in the Lady Yellowjackets’ 18-8 win Friday at Weatherford College. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“We played them once in a pool game and lost 5-3 in four innings,” Hopkins said. “They have two pitchers that can pitch, can hit and play good defensively. It’s going to be a challenge. We’ll have to keep our strikeouts down and put the ball in play.”

That wasn’t a problem against Maypearl. The Lady Yellowjackets struck out only once Friday and drew 11 walks.

Boyd plated a pair of runs in the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead.

They answered four Maypearl runs in the third with four of their own on doubles by Savannah Foster and Brittney Howard, and a two-run homer by Saldivar.

Saldivar drove in four runs, going 2-for-2. Howard was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Arlington hit a two-run bomb in the fifth to put Boyd up 10-5. She knocked in three runs on two hits.

Maypearl scored three in the top of the sixth to pull within two at 10-8. But Boyd ended the game with an eight-run sixth that included seven walks and singles by Payton Salmon and Amber Bowen.

Salmon was 5-for-5, doubled and scored twice.

Saldivar picked up the win, allowing six runs – four earned – on eight hits over five innings. She struck out four and walked four.

Arlington pitched a hitless inning, allowing two unearned runs.

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